Finally. After six weeks—six weeks of NFL play, six weeks of controversy and six weeks of doubt and turmoil—the San Francisco 49ers finally scraped out a win over the Oakland Raiders in the Battle of the Bay, winning the contest. 17-9.
Alex Smith seemed to calm down and make good decisions, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis each had great touchdown receptions, Frank Gore was terrific on the ground, and Singletary even got Brian Westbrook in on the action. Yep, it looks like the 49ers might actually have a shot at the NFC West title.
Or they would, had Jed York not opened his big mouth after last week's loss to Philadelphia. Amid all the problems the 49ers have been having with players, coaching, and management, it looks like York forgot something about the NFC West when he boldly declared that San Francisco would win the division:
The NFC West has other teams in it.
The 2010 San Francisco 49ers have a lot of problems going against them this season. Now, they can officially count "bone-headed ownership" as one of them. Despite signs that the team is starting to turn itself around, the 49ers are no closer winning the NFC West, because guess what? The other, better teams in the division want to win too. This week, both Seattle and St. Louis won upsets against superior teams.
After watching the Seahawks and the Rams pull out wins, the real nature of York's comments hit me. Last Monday, when the 49ers owner texted ESPN that "We're going to win the division," he essentially called out the other three teams in the NFC West and told them that an 0-5 team was still going to make them look stupid.
Now, I'm not a professional sports analyst. My involvement with pro sports is purely for enjoyment, so I will admit that I do not know everything. Something I do know about sports: opponents thrive off trash-talking. Judging from the Seahawks' and Rams' performances, it looks like Jed York may have to put his foot in his mouth come the end of the season.
For now though, us Faithful have one thing to be happy about: at least the 49ers won a game. Take that, 2008 Detroit Lions.