It's been a weird year for the Niners, and it's about to get even weirder.
Why, you ask?
Well, put it this way, would anybody be shocked if they lost in Seattle next Sunday?
Other than the Week One win in Arizona, they've gone 0-fer on the road. Sure, they lost on a miracle play to the Vikings, had near comebacks against the Texans and the Packers, and experienced a heartbreaking loss to the Colts in which they got burned on a TD pass to Joseph Addai.
But in the NFL, being "close" doesn't cut it. You either win or you go home.
However, would anybody be shocked if they blow out the Seahawks on Sunday?
Let's be honest, Seattle simply isn't good. Blame it on injuries, blame it on whatever, the Seahawks are about to be in rebuilding mode, with a new GM in tow.
The Niners should have their way with them, but with the game being in Seattle, against a team with nothing to lose, it has the potential of becoming a season-ending trap game.
If they leave Seattle victorious, and the football gods ensure that the Vikings beat the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football, we will have the biggest game involving any Bay Area team since the We Believe Warriors of 2007 NBA Playoffs fame.
If the Niners, in front of a rowdy playoff atmosphere at Candlestick Park, can prevail, they will become the leaders in the NFC West and control their own destiny the rest of the way.
Sure, it seems very optimistic right now to assume all of the chips will fall in their places in this fashion, but it's possible.
That said, if the Niners implode, it's possible that they'll be picking in the Top 10 in 2010.
Stay tuned, Niners fans. The NFC West race has only begun.
And if the Niners somehow amazingly win the division, I think it's safe to say the sale of Vince Young jerseys will skyrocket across Northern California for what he did against the Cardinals last weekend.
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