Based on what the media and most fans are saying the 49ers shouldn’t bother showing up for their playoff game on Saturday against the Saints. Yep, it’s already predetermined that Drew Brees and his insanely large birth mark are going to destroy the 49ers defense. Nevermind the fact that the 49ers defense didn’t allow 30 points a single time this season, no that means nothing. Guys like Patrick Willis, Carlos Rogers, Navarro Bowman, and Aldon Smith, they are just going to bow at the altar of Saint Brees. I mean, have you seen how many points the Saints score?!?! Its like a video game. They score so many points that their sycophants don’t care to notice that this game against San Francisco is actually on the road.
Guess how the Saints did on the road this year? 5-3, well that isn’t all that impressive. They probably just lost a bunch of shootouts right? Actually, that isn’t the case. The worst defense in the history of EVAR, Tampa Bay held them to 20 points. The St. Louis Rams won just two games this season, one of those wins? When the Saints came to town and could only score 21. Those games were a long time ago and the Saints have won nine straight, but the defenses they have played during that streak, pretty piss poor. The Saints haven’t played a team with a punishing defense, or a with a team that relies on a powerful running game. The best way to slow down Drew Brees? Don’t let him get on the field. Detroit had the Saints right where they wanted them last week by forcing turnovers. The problem was, they have no running game, so they had to get in a shootout with the Saints. The 49ers won’t have that problem, for as good as the Saints offense is, their defense is equally weak. Alex Smith doesn’t need to throw for 300 yards for the 49ers to win. With the 49ers rush defense as potent as it is, Drew Brees has no choice but to throw for that many. As a 49ers fan, the Saints do scare me, but the road version of the Saints are mortals and anyone not giving the 49ers a fair chance is foolish. The 49ers have been waiting 9 years for this, you don’t think that crowd will be jacked up for this game? The biggest concern is the 49ers struggles in the red zone this season. They have to get touchdowns in this game and not settle for David Akers kicking field goals. 13-3 was no accident, the 49ers aren’t a team that just went 5-1 against a crap division, they beat the hell out of Pittsburgh just a few weeks ago, and beat playoff teams Cincinnati, New York Giants, and Detroit. I’ve been wrong many times before as many of you are happy to point out, and maybe I will be wrong again on Saturday, but I do know that isn’t the slam dunk conclusion people think it is.
George Mason (12-4, 4-0) at Drexel (10-5, 2-2), ESPNU, 8:00 PM ET. Well lookie here, Mason has won five in a row.
Jacksonville State (6-12, 1-4) at #14 Murray State (16-0, 4-0), 8:00 PM ET. Can anyone beat Murray State?
Minnesota (12-5, 0-4) at #8 Indiana (15-1, 3-1), 8:00 PM ET. Tubby Smith is struggaling.
#17 Virginia (14-1, 1-0) at #6 Duke (13-2, 1-0), ESPN, 9:00 PM ET. Virginia with a better record than Duke, eh?
Tennessee (8-7, 1-0) at #20 Mississippi State (13-3, 0-1), ESPN2, 9:00 PM ET.
#23 Gonzaga (13-2, 3-0) at Saint Mary’s (15-2, 4-0), ESPN2, 11:00 PM ET.
Charlotte (2-8) at Atlanta (7-4), 7:30 PM ET.
Detroit (2-8) at Milwaukee (3-6), 8:00 PM ET.
New York (6-4) at Memphis (3-6), TNT, 8:00 PM ET.
Cleveland (4-5) at Phoenix (4-5), 9:00 PM ET.
Orlando (7-3) at Golden State (3-6), TNT, 10:30 PM ET.
Montreal (16-19-7, 39 pts) at Boston (27-11-1, 55 pts), NHL Network, 7:00 PM ET.
Philadelphia (25-12-4, 54 pts) at New York Islanders (15-19-6, 36 pts), 7:00 PM ET.
Ottawa (23-15-6, 52 pts) at New York Rangers (27-9-4, 58 pts), 7:00 PM ET.
Carolina (14-23-7, 35 pts) at Tampa Bay (17-20-4, 38 pts), 7:30 PM ET.
Phoenix (20-17-6, 46 pts) at Detroit (26-15-1, 53 pts), 7:30 PM ET.
Vancouver (27-14-3, 57 pts) at St. Louis (25-12-5, 55 pts), 8:00 PM ET.
Colorado (23-20-1, 47 pts) at Nashville (23-15-4, 50 pts), 8:00 PM ET.
San Jose (23-11-5, 51 pts) at Winnipeg (20-17-5, 45 pts), 8:30 PM ET.
Minnesota (22-15-6, 50 pts) at Chicago (25-13-5, 55 pts), 8:30 PM ET.
Anaheim (13-22-6, 32 pts) at Calgary (20-19-5, 45 pts), 9:30 PM ET.
Dallas (23-17-1, 47 pts) at Los Angeles (21-15-7, 49 pts), 10:30 PM ET.
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