The San Francisco 49ers Regular Season Broken Down---Part One

Troy SmithContributor IJuly 10, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 29:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers talks to his team in the huddle during their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Candlestick Park on November 29, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Hello fellow Niners fans, if you are as devout as I am to this squad, then you would be thinking about them in any spare second that you had sometimes. I was at a restaurant today and I watched the wait staff and hostesses working together like a team. They were getting it done efficiently and effectively. I also noticed their manager watching over the whole thing, making sure that everything was running as smoothly as he planned. I noticed his eyes, very focused and you should know who's eyes I thought of next. Our driven leader, Mike Singletary. I started trying to imagine what this man was thinking about at that moment about the upcoming regular season. Later, my daughter and I went to the mall and wham, I ran into some 49ers merchandise and back to the regular season again in my mind. So I drove home and even though I live in Maryland, I saw a Seahawks sticker on a car. Now you know I rep the Niners everyday and anyway that I can. I was draped in a Patrick Willis jersey and low and behold, the Seahawks fan and I shared a stare for a second. I went once again to the daydream of the upcoming season and began to gather my thoughts to write this article about it. In this and the following articles, I will preview each of the 49ers upcoming regular season games as I share facts, thoughts, and predictions of each. In week one we will share a whole bunch of stares with the Seahawks, as we travel to Seattle to kick of the 2010 season. We will face a squad under a new regime but I see very few changes to the actual players that will matter. The Seahawks appear to be the same team we played last year splitting games with them. They did however know how to beat us last year in that last game with a very nice executed game of "keep away" What I saw was very good clock management on their part. What I saw on our part was one too many 3 and outs. If we can execute on every down then we should have no problem getting to 1-0 in the first week. Matt Hasselbeck is a seasoned quarterback and has played us several times in the past so he knows us very well. We also know him. If P Willie smells blood early I see Hasselbeck losing confidence quickly. I believe we have shutdown secondary capability with a good pass rush so I see the clock management game not an issue this time. Look for the 49ers offense to get off to a quick and confident start. My guess at a score will be 31-10, Niners. Week two brings the reigning Super Bowl Champs to Candlestick Park to start their Super Bowl hangover early. Now I will give them their props and tell them good job on winning the Lombardi last year but we all know luck had a lot to do with it. When the Dallas Cowboys denied N.O. their chances of a perfect season last year, they did it with defense. That is going to be the exact same scenario this year. Drew Brees crumbles when pressured enough and look for the Niners to give him trouble all day. New Orleans does have an effective defense though I don't believe that it will be enough to stop Alex Smith to Michael Crabtree or Smith to Davis. The offensive line is going to own their d-line and Frank Gore is going to rush for 120 yards at least. The Niners defense will get two picks and 4 sacks. This will be the week when the 49ers show that they are for real.Final Score?- 28-17 Niners. When we arrive at week three, we face a crippled Kansas City Chiefs who are right in the middle of having a string of bad seasons. The Chiefs will get pummeled in every aspect and this will help the 49ers gain even more confidence going down the road. Michael Crabtree will snatch at least two scores in this one and it will resemble a Madden Video Game when it is all said and done for this one. Final Score- 42-3, Niners. Week four brings about a chance for revenge. This will be a tough,tough game as we face almost the same exact team that destroyed us last year 45-10. In fact they were the only team to do us like that last year. Matt Ryan is a great QB and future HOFer so you can not sleep on him one second. They have a great corp of receivers and running backs and this one will be very close. If the Niners plan to succeed, then they need to focus on shutting down the Falcons air attack as well as being able to keep an eye on Michael Turner. If Michael Turner gets going early, the secondary will end of making mistakes and giving up big scores like in 2009. The Niners can win this game as they are MUCH better than last year and have addressed nearly every issue of concern. The Final in this one??? I ain't gonna touch it!!!! So for the record I am no psychic and this is speculation coming from a biased writer who is realistic when it comes to previewing games concerning the Niners. Of course I always want them to win, we live in a real world where someone has to lose and someone has to win. Luckily for us we will be on the winning side alot more this year than in the past so i am very excited about the 2010 season. I welcome each and every comment as I will bring parts two and three very soon. Thanks for reading and GO NINERS!!!!!!!!


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