Week 2 - 49ers @ Pittsburgh Steelers - Open Thread

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Date: September 23, 2007

Time: 10:00AM PST, 1:00pm EST

Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Weather: It looks like it will be sunny and warm...what more can you ask for?

Injury Report: Click Here - SF: Jason Hill Questionable; Bajema, Battle, Heitmann, Jackson, M. Lewis Probable ; PIT: Spaeth out; Tinoisamoa

ScoresAndOdds.com Spread: Steelers -9.5; Over/Under 38; Money Line SF +400, STL -500 (Ouch)

TV: FOX (Channel 2 in San Francisco)

Radio: 1050 AM/107.7 FM

Niners Nation Prediction: 49ers win 27-21

Feel free to enter your predictions HERE

Well, after the dismay of losing Manny Lawson for the season, many of us are expecting the other shoe to drop on this 2-0 start and kick the 49ers right in the butt. While I would not be surprised at all to see that, I'm still going to predict a 49ers victory. It would be a sizable upset, but it's not completely out of the realm of possibility.

What to watch for
Left Outside Linebacker - I realize this must shock and appall the masses to think that this is a question mark. I fully expect to see Hannibal Navies manning the left side for the most part, but consider me hopeful to see some quality Brandon Moore and Parys Haralson time out there. Expect a healthy dose of Wille Parker to the left side all day. Whoever is manning that post will have to provide a reason for them to NOT do that. One person we hope can pick up some of the slack:

Patrick Willis - Considering how fast Willis is and how he flies around the field with reckless abandon, I'd love to see him helping out as much as possible. He's got his own business to worry about, but a guy like him is perfect for picking some slack by other players. Derek Smith might be closer, but he doesn't have the closing speed and tackling ability of Willis, so we'll see what happens. 3x rookie of the week anybody?

Offensive offense - I don't think there is much else to say right now in regards to the offense, both personnel-wise and play calling-wise. Maybe we'll all be stunned and amazed and see the 49ers offense put together more than one solid drive. If that happens I'm battening down the hatches and stocking up on supplies because it could be the first sign of the apocalypse.

So, maybe we get killed or maybe we sneak out of Pittsburgh with a W. I'll take the latter.

GO NINERS!

[EDITOR'S NOTE 11:25AM] 14-6 Pittsburgh at the half - The offense showed some signs of life but got nothing more than a couple field goals. The defense looked really good and the Steelers can thank some lame penalties for that second touchdown. 49ers are hanging tough but the first Steelers possession of the 2nd half is gonna be HUGE.

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