Good morning folks, what a week of football that was! The game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints surely lived up to the hype, about as “instant classic” as it gets. The Carolina Panthers spent most of the second half of their game pretending to be the 2017 Super Bowl Falcons, nearly choking away an enormous lead to the tumultuous Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Fitzmagic ran out, as seems to be the trend, however, and Carolina held on in a high-scoring affair. The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers put together a trademark divisional matchup, complete with an ill-advised last-minute desperation lateral thwarting a possible comeback.
In terms of the 49ers, it was a pretty good week. The Rams lost a heartbreaker, the Seahawks got punched in the mouth, and the Raiders got clobbered by a third-string quarterback playing his first NFL snaps. However, it’s difficult to ignore the actions of our competitors in the realm of ineptitude. The Browns and Bills both lost their games, as expected, providing us with no help in the draft pick race.
Predictably, Sunday was not an active day for the 49ers beat writers. Today’s reading is a pair of mountain-out-of-molehill articles, spinning the rumor wheel about the worst quarterback controversy in the history of ever, and an explanation as to why Trent Taylor didn’t play on Thursday that could’ve been summed up in a really short Tweet. In case you’re interested in saving a click, it’s because he’s still getting into shape after back surgery and Richie James provided extra special teams value.
Why Richie James Jr. replaced Trent Taylor in week 9 | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area
Rumor mill churning on QB controversy | Johnson, NBC Sports Bay Area | Rapoport, NFL.com
George Kittle has a shot at history | Black, 49ers Webzone