Good morning ladies and gents. The 2014-15 NFL season officially got underway on Thursday, and ... it was kind of a crummy game. The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Green Bay Packers, which sucks on its own, but it was a sloppy game. I might have just been underwhelmed because I find it hard to care about football that doesn't include the San Francisco 49ers. Maybe it was a totally fine game and I'm just a jerk.
Whatever the case, the NFC West is officially a battle, and the Seahawks sure did look good notching their first win. That defense is, as expected, as good as it gets. Of course, that's just one game and they could easily come crashing back to Earth ... right? Right? Hopefully, the 49ers can come out and walk all over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday to make a statement of their own ... not that the Cowboys are as good as the Packers or anything, but it would be nice.
Onto the links.
Culliver limited in 49ers practice (Maiocco)
Wilhoite to start for Bowman at ILB (Gutierrez)
Ray McDonald late for practice for second straight day (Branch)
Crabtree eager for 'star' performance in Dallas (Barrows)
McDonald's status for 49ers opener remains in question (Maiocco)
James on offensive role: 'I'm just as clueless as ya'll' (Branch)
On 49ers: Alcohol is players' biggest enemy (Barrows)
49ers weighing options if McDonald sits (Gutierrez)
Gore opens season as NFL ironman running back (Maiocco)
49ers most expensive NFL outing for family of 4 (AP)
Crabtree excited to play Cowboys, silent on contract (Maiocco)
Levi's Stadium Powers Up with High Technology (NBC Bay Area)
Chris Culliver, Vance McDonald added to injury report (Barrows)
49ers regular season prediction (Biderman)
Alex Boone Eager to Make an Impact (NBC Bay Area)
49ers define key roles on defense (Biderman)
Practice report: No update on McDonald; Culliver hindered by ankle; McDonald has hamstring issue (Inman)