There seems to be a story lurking unsaid about this upcoming game.
Aldon Smith seems to be rapidly heading back to full participation, having played 44 of 69 snaps in the previous game. Logically, it would follow that he will be back to playing the majority of snaps on Monday. The 49ers defense has been doing everything they can to help the team win the last couple of games, only to be handed a loss due to a lot of factors that are out of their control. In two days they will be facing a mobile quarterback whose mobility might be less than its potential, and a team that has been battered, bruised and beaten into the realization they will not be making the playoffs this year.
There's been a great deal of attention toward the 49ers offensive struggles lately, and rightfully so. However, this is also going to be a golden opportunity for the 49ers to re-establish their pass-rush pedigree. Ray McDonald being 'questionable' rather than 'out' is yet another good sign pointing toward a defensive domination in the front. Justin Smith is healthy and everyone knows Ahmad Brooks smells blood. If the Aldon we all know and love shows up, this game could be a defensive bloodbath.
Hopefully Aldon Smith has fully re-integrated back into being a full-time professional football player, and his legal woes and personal mistakes are in the back of his mind. This is the game where he can get his fire back. This is the game where San Francisco's defense can destroy an offense's hopes and dreams, and not necessarily have to worry about their own offense being even more hopeless. Griffin will want to run, and the defense should be salivating to see him try.
#99 is primed for a comeback game spectacular. While our hopes and dreams rest on the big question mark the offense has provided to this point, my eye is going to be drawn to the pass rush. It is time to give Robert Griffin III 99 problems.
Oh, and of course: WHO LOVES DA SACK, BABY?!