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Eric Tellez on Sept 13, 2010

There comes a time when every fan has to do some serious soul searching. A time when you have to come to grips with maybe, just maybe, you let your emotions get the better of you and you allowed your psyche to make the biggest of sins; forgetting that sports are played on the field and not on paper. Some of these moments come to mind immediately; fumbling away the 3-peat in 1990, Brett Favre ripping our hearts out last season in the Metrodome. Despite the let down, yesterday's 31-6 loss to Seattle was NOT one of those moments.


Looking around the rest of the league you have interesting openers in all conferences. The Indianapolis Colts losing in Houston, the Washington Redskins shutting down the Dallas Cowboys, and to a lesser extent Atlanta dropping to Pittsburgh in overtime. Just for fun, I'm even going out on a limb and predict that the New York Jets are going to start off with a great big "L" tonight against Baltimore.

What Does It All mean?

It means that of all the teams that took the field this weekend half of them lost. That's it. It is not an indication of things to come. The Indianapolis Colts are still a powerhouse, Atlanta is still a division contender, Pittsburgh is still in disarray, and the Cowboys are still the most talented team in the NFC East. San Francisco can win this division, San Francisco should win this division, but there's just that little insecure fan in all of us that won't let us say out loud "San Francisco WILL win this division."

Fearless Forecast

Next week's game against the New Orleans Saints is going to be huge. Even though the Saints are defending Super Bowl Champions I didn't see anything that resembled last year's team in their Week 1 win against the Minnesota Vikings. I'm not going to predict a win against the Saints, that insecure fan shows it ugly head again, but I'm going to expect a much improved team over what we witnessed yesterday.

Even if San Francisco loses to the Saints next week, it is not out of the question to go into our by week with a 4-4 record followed by 3 very winnable games against St. Louis, Tampa Bay, & Arizona. That would put us at 7-wins with 5 opportunities to get the last 2 wins that would likely win the division.

Hide That Panic Button
This is a good team and the season has just begin. Calmly drop the panic button and move away slowly, this is no time for the insecure little fan to do anything drastic.


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