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49ers grip on NFC West slipping

This one stings

Burn the game film. That one stung. I’m of course talking about the 49ers loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. There’s a lot to take in from this game. The most notable being that the 49ers were crippled before the game even started.

This is a game they had to win to keep pace, and now they have seven hard games staring at them in the face. The road to the division gets tougher.

Seattle Seahawks(8-2)

I’m going to keep my comments short on this as I’m still fuming over this, but the Seahawks walk out with a win. We’re breaking things down as the days go on, but it’s a bit what you’d expect with the bizarre that happens when a Pete Carroll team goes up against the 49ers. If the 49ers were fully healthy (George Kittle, Emmanuel Sanders, Robbie Gould...ugh), I think this swings the other way. Unfortunately, all of them had to go down either before or during the game to even the playing field. I know, total shocker.

Regardless, the 49ers couldn’t catch a cold and get beat while the better team that night won. So now the Seahawks are 8-2 and nipping on the heels of the 49ers.

I had a rant here I was going to go off on, but I just thought better of it — Yay control.

Los Angeles Rams (5-4)

The Rams have a struggling offensive line. You know what the remedy is for that? A cornerback. I think that’s what they were thinking with the trade for Jalen Ramsey. Anyways, with Jared Goff doing Jared Goff things and then the Rams trying Blake Bortles, you’d think something would happen. But nah, they went back to Bortles almost instantly. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The loss puts them several games back, and it’s hard to see how they get back into the playoff race.

There was a lot of oddity in this game. Bortles first and foremost, but what about Todd Gurley? Why are you paying him that money if he’s not the feature back? I get limiting the carries, but, wow.

If we learned anything from the Andrew Luck retirement, getting your quarterback an offensive line before they are 30 years old is a good way to keep them playing after they are 30 years old.

Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1)

Going into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cardinals had a fun game of football but came up short. Considering this was Buccaneer’s head coach Bruce Arians’ former team, you knew some fireworks were coming. Kyler Murray had a decent outing, going 27 for 44, 324 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The real star of the show was wide receiver Christian Kirk, who won your fantasy league that weekend if you started him; 138 yards, three touchdowns. Good lord.

It was still not enough against the Buccaneers running game as they managed to punch it in twice and force a loss 30-27. Still a fun game though. It looks like that Cardinals rebuild might work out after all. They just need players.

But this year? They are out of it.

Into Week 11

Another game with huge implications is on the horizon as the Arizona Cardinals travel to take on the 49ers for Round 2. Thank God it’s not a Thursday Night game. And maybe the 49ers can catch a ball. We’ll see. This is quickly turning into a must-win game for the 49ers, but again: catch the ball.

The Rams will be hosting the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. Just what everyone wants an inept offense/good defense against a once-good offense and a struggling defense. It’s too late to flex it out, so find something else to do that night.

And the Seahawks get to go on bye. Because some teams don’t have byes in Week 4. The Seahawks are one of them.

1st: San Francisco 49ers; Next: vs. Arizona Cardinals

2nd: Seattle Seahawks; Next: BYE

3rd: Los Angeles Rams; Next: vs.Chicago Bears

4th: Arizona Cardinals; Next: at San Francisco 49ers