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After one week of NFL action, the San Francisco 49ers found themselves in a pretty good place, at least in the NFC West. They'd just beaten the 2010 division winners, and the rest of the division looked as bad as advertised against their respective opponents. We've got week two in the books now, and the 49ers outlook shouldn't be any different ... really, it should probably be better. The way they played, coupled with the way the rest of the division played, shows, at worst, a steady course and at best, an upward trend.
And that's with all four teams in the division losing. Go figure.
For San Francisco, they have only themselves to blame for their loss, but they did look an awful lot better than most gave them credit for. Despite the fact that the Dallas Cowboys hit the nail right on Vegas' three-point spread, the 49ers held command of that game through the first three quarters, but things broke down in the fourth. That's more than can be said for the rest of the division, and the Cowboys are a good football team. It took broken coverage in overtime to bring them down, and they should feel good about that.
The Seattle Seahawks were on the losing end of a 49ers win in week one, and were on the losing end of a Pittsburgh Steelers massacre in week two. Seattle gave up 300 yards to Ben Roethlisberger and two rushing touchdowns to a pair of running backs. Those are the kind of numbers that one usually expects of the Steelers, but the Seahawks offense just could not keep up at all. They were blanked, losing 24-0.
Tavaris Jackson didn't look terrible this time around, but he failed to inspire much confidence with his lack of yardage, going 20-for-29 for 159 yards with no scores and no turnovers. He led the team in rushing ... with twelve yards. Marshawn Lynch had eleven yards rushing, and Ben Obomanu led the team in receiving yards with 35 of them. So it was not at all a good game for the Seahawks, who find themselves in a much worse place than 2010, especially in the 49ers' eyes, because they've already beaten them.
The Arizona Cardinals looked good on Sunday, as they did in week one. Kevin Kolb was able to execute offensively, with 250 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. They actually held the lead late into the fourth quarter, but saw it evaporate when the Washington Redskins were able to take the lead with a 34-yard field goal from Graham Gano. Arizona got the ball back with under two minutes to go, but Chansi Stuckey fumbled the ball and that allowed the Redskins to seal the deal. Rex Grossman threw for just under 300 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
It was a positive game with a sickening ending, and the 49ers find themselves looking at the Cardinals as their biggest threats right now, considering the similarities between the two and the fact that they're both 1-1. Arizona has the chops to execute offensively, but they still have a lot of work to do defensively to keep themselves ahead in football games. An eight point fourth quarter lead should be somewhat comforting.
The St. Louis Rams played on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants and found themselves on the losing end of a 28-16 Giants win. Eli Manning had 200 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 109 yards on the ground. Those are some good stats, but they aren't the most impressive of the game, as it happens. Sam Bradford looked like a pretty darn good quarterback for a good portion of the game.
Bradford threw for 331 yards and had a touchdown against no interceptions on Monday night, but he did throw the ball an awful lot. Connecting on 22 of his 46 pass attempts, the second-year quarterback looked good everywhere except the red zone. Once St. Louis got there, they were simply lost. They couldn't get anything done there. That, along with two fumbles lost and a pair of sacks for the Giants, the Rams couldn't keep up.
So for the 49ers, who have to be kicking themselves after losing their game on Sunday, the division is well within reach as they share the top spot. Once again, they should be feeling good about their place in the NFC West.
The San Francisco 49ers are struggling with wide receiver injuries at the moment, but the team got some good news on Monday when they found out that Braylon Edwards' right knee injury probably won't cause him to miss any game time. According to Cam Inmane, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke revealed that an MRI on Edwards' knee shows that it is "day-to-day."
Edwards suffered the injury during the first quarter of the 49ers' 27-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He left the field and was listed as questionable for the rest of the game. He did not return.
The 49ers also played without receiver Michael Crabtree (foot injury) on Sunday, and the loss of Edwards only further depleted the team's receiving pool. The passing game, however, wasn't the reason for the team's loss as quarterback Alex Smith connected on two touchdown passes during the game.
The return of Crabtree and Edwards, though, should help the team moving forward. No estimate has been set for Crabtree's return yet, but Edwards should be back in practice within a few days as he nurses his day-to-day knee injury.
After the San Francisco 49ers squandered their two-score lead over the Dallas Cowboys, tight end Vernon Davis had a few things to say regarding Jim Harbaugh and the team's offense. More specifically, Davis talked a bit about how he was being used - namely how he was kept in to block against linebacker DeMarcus Ware. When asked whether or not he expected that matchup, he responded with the bit below:
I didn't think that was going to happen. I thought I'd be running a lot of routes, especially because their secondary was banged up and I thought we could take advantage of them in that aspect. But, like I said, it's up to the coaches each week to decide what they want to do. But no, I didn't think I'd be up against Ware like that.
It's not exactly a condemnation of Harbaugh's offensive plan for the game, but it is certainly somewhat contradictory. Davis clearly had a different picture of what was going to happen, but he's doing the right thing in deferring to the coaches and following orders, at least when it comes to handling the media.
Davis would also go on to reference the team's need to keep their playmakers - in other words Davis - involved no matter what happens. It's a soft lob at Harbaugh, but again it's not speaking "against" the coaches like some headlines you may have read. He's not a player maligned and angered by how he's being used ... he's matured into a guy who will do everything that is asked of him.
But he is right on the ball here. The Cowboys had a struggling secondary and Alex Smith was mostly on-point for the night. Save for the fact that the offensive line probably didn't give Alex enough time to light up any defense, Davis certainly should have seen more looks, and staying in to block on at least ten plays is just too much for a playmaker of his caliber. His blocking skills are among the best of all tight ends, but so is his physicality and receiving ability.
He should take every opportunity to let Harbaugh know that this offense can do good things, and there's nothing wrong with a player putting that kind of spotlight on himself and saying "If you want good things to happen, get me the football." Davis has earned that right to say things like that, and though he's being a good soldier when it comes to the media and press conferences, his gentle lobs are ringing loud and clear to Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman.
Or at least they really, really should be.
All the stories will surround the comeback by Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys coming up with 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Not as many will focus on the offensive stagnation of the San Francisco 49ers that gave Dallas the opportunities to tie and win the game.
In the fourth quarter and overtime, San Francisco picked up two first downs and moved the ball a total of 26 yards on three drives. San Francisco punted the ball twice and settled for a David Akers 55 yard field goal. Jim Harbaugh didn't seem to have enough confidence in the 49ers offense; when Dallas committed a penalty on the Akers field goal that would have set up the Niners deep in Dallas territory, Harbaugh declined the penalty and took the points. It's a curious decision that will certain receive scrutiny through this week.
Dallas, meanwhile, racked up drives of 80 and 44 yards in the fourth quarter behind Tony Romo to set up the Cowboys with ten tying points. San Francisco sat back in soft zones and allowed Tony Romo to get into a rhythm without generating as much pass rush as they had in the first three quarters. It gave Dallas plenty of time to drive down the field and pick up yards on a regular basis.
Then on the first offensive play for the Cowboys in overtime, Romo made all the Niners defenders (including the deep safety) bite on the run with good play action, then brought it back and fired one deep for Jessie Holley. Holley caught it in stride and took the ball 77 yards down to the Niners one yard line, setting up the game-winning field goal by Dan Bailey.
There were some great plays by Dallas to win the game, but San Francisco's inability to produce offensive yards and make any defensive stops doomed the 49ers to 1-1.
The Dallas Cowboys are still in it with the San Francisco 49ers. Tony Romo returned from a rib injury in the fourth quarter and led his Cowboys on two crucial scoring drives in the fourth quarter. Romo found Kevin Ogletree on 2nd and 15 for 17 yards. He then connected with Miles Austin for 11 yards, with Austin hauling it in another 14 yards after the catch to get Dallas into 49er territory. After a huge fourth down conversion between Romo and Jason Witten, Romo then hooked up with Austin on the right side for 25 yards, and the wide reciever stumbled but leaped after the catch into the end zone to cut the Dallas lead to 24-21. Austin now has three touchdown catches on the day.
After a DeMarcus Ware sack on Alex Smith helped force a Niner punt, Romo got back to work. He hooked up with backup wide receiver (and former reality star) Jesse Holley on 11 and eight yard catches, DeMarco Murray picked up 8 yards on a rush, and then Romo found Austin and Murray for a few short gains to set up a Dan Bailey 48 yard field goal as tim expired in regulation.
Tony Romo left the field and returned to the locker room at the beginning of the second half between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. Reports are that Romo fractured a rib and it appeared like he was out of the game at first glance.
Jon Kitna came in and immediately marched Dallas down the field to the San Francisco 28, finding Jason Witten for 12 and nine yard catches, then targeted Kevin Ogletree for 33 yards. But then Kitna threw one up into the end zone that was intercepted by the waiting safety Donte Whitner.
However, Alex Smith returned the favor when he threw a pass awry of Vernon Davis, and it was picked off by Alan Ball to the red zone. Kitna then hooked up with Miles Austin on two short passes, including an out pattern in the deep right corner of the end zone to tie the game at 14.
After the Niners and Cowboys traded punts, it looked like Kitna was getting the Cowboys in motion again when he threw a pass right to Jason Witten for 20 yards. But then Kitna's pass for Kevin Ogletree was picked off by Tramaine Brock (responsible for the earlier blown coverage on the first Austin TD catch), who returned it back to the Dallas 29. Alex Smith then exploited a mismatch with tight end Delanie Walker on Anthony Spencer running a simple vertical pattern down the sideline, and Walker walked it in to give the Niners back the lead.
Surprisingly, Romo has reentered the game despite the rib injury, but the Cowboys were forced to punt on his first drive back
The San Francisco 49ers have shockingly looked like the better offense against the Dallas Cowboys through one half of play. Alex Smith has looked quite good on the limited number of passes he's been able to throw, finding Frank Gore and Josh Morgan (Morgan on a third down conversion). Then Smith found Kyle Williams on a gorgeous fade route completion in the end zone to put San Francisco up 14-0.
After both teams exchanged punts, Dallas struck back. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went to wide reciever Kevin Ogletree on 3rd and nine and missed him, but a bad offside penalty set up 3rd and 4. Romo then found Miles Austin streaking down the middle uncovered after Tramaine Brock slipped in his coverage, and he went 51 yards downfield for the score to get Dallas on the board.
It appears to have come with a price though. Romo got hit sometime in the first half and injured his ribs. After coming out for the second half, Romo went back to the locker room and was replaced by Jon Kitna, who threw an interception into the end zone. Smith responded with a pick of his own though, and the Cowboys have good field position early in the third quarter.
The San Francisco 49ers are on the board first after the Dallas Cowboys botched their first drive. Tony Romo found Tashard Choice for 18 yards, Jason Witten for 25 and 22 yard connections, and John Phillips for 8 yards to set up a Dan Bailey 21 yard field goal attempt. Bailey sailed his kick wide right.
After both teams traded punts, Alex Smith started to get going, finding Ted Ginn, Jr. and Frank Gore for 10+ yard catches. When Smith was under pressure on 3rd and 10, he managed to find Ginn for 14 yards on an out route for a big first down.
On second down later in the drive, San Francisco center Jonathan Goodwin snapped the ball high and above Smith. Smith kept the play alive though, rolled out to his right, then hauled it downfield to Frank Gore in the end zone. It fell incomplete, but a Cowboys defender knocked Gore off the ball when he tipped it, and he got called for pass interference. Gore punched it in two plays later for the first touchdown of the game, putting the Niners up on top 7-0 early in the second quarter.
49ers wide receiver Braylon Edwards left their game with the Dallas Cowboys early in the first quarter with what appears to be a right knee injury. He is currently listed as questionable to return. Edwards had caught a 21-yard pass reception to convert a third down but was shaken up and had to leave the game. He went to the locker room shortly thereafter.
The 49ers only have four wide receivers active against the Cowboys as Michael Crabtree is still getting over his foot injury. He fractured the foot prior to the season and aggravated the injury last week. Ted Ginn will likely get worked into the game a bit more. Additionally, expect the 49ers to try and get Delanie Walker a bit more active. Walker was a wide receiver in college before being converted to tight end with the 49ers. He has retained his athleticism and is mixed in to a variety of wide receiver formations.
The San Francisco 49ers are going to have to take on the Dallas Cowboys without a couple of their top playmakers on both sides of the ball as wide reciever Michael Crabtree and safety Dashon Goldson will be inactive this afternoon at Candlestick Park.
Crabtree's foot continues to cause him problems, so much so that he won't be suiting up this Sunday. As for Goldson, he's been dealing with a knee issue that seemingly won't go away as well, keepig him off the field this afternoon. Joining them on the inactive list wil be backup quarterback Scott Tolzien, guards Daniel Kilgore and Mike Person, and defensive tackles Ian Williams and Demarcus Dobbs this Sunday.
As for the Cowboys, quarterback Stephen McGee, cornerbacks Orlando Scandrick and Terence Newman, left guard Bill Nagy, guard David Arkin, wide receiver Dez Bryant and defensive end Clifton Geathers will all be inactive this Sunday as well.
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The Dallas Cowboys will face off against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park this afternoon. The team is celebrating the occasion by hosting a "red out" and giving 49ers flags to every fan in attendance.
The 49ers are also celebrating their success in the 1980s this week, with Cheap Trick performing the American National Anthem. It's an homage to the great rivalry these two teams used to embody, though both franchises have fallen upon hard times since Steve Young and Troy Aikman hung up their cleats.
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m.
TV: FOX, and due to the national appeal of the Cowboys, you should be able to pick it up in a lot of places.
TV announcers: Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Radio: The Bone 107.7 FM, KNBR 680/1050 AM
Radio announcers: Ted Robinson, Eric Davis, Rod Brooks
Watch it online at: NFL.com
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The Dallas Cowboys need to get on the winning track soon, but they could be short their best playmaker on offense against the San Francisco 49ers. Wide receiver Dez Bryant was ineffective during most of last week's Sunday Night Football matchup with the Jets after suffering a quad injury. Now after missing Thursday's practice, Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports that Bryant could be out unless he gets much better by gametime. This would contradict an early report that had owner Jerry Jones stating confidently Bryant would play. The thigh bruise must be taking longer to heal than expected.
Bryant's injury puts more pressure on Tony Romo to find his main targets like Miles Austin and Jason WItten, but also look at secondary options like Kevin Ogletree. The Niners must be ready for all potential targets, and still might have to brace for a Bryant return, because the pressure is stacked on the Cowboys offense to perform.
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Carlos Rogers spent the first five years of his career where he was drafted, with the Washington Redskins. In that time, he got a lot of time covering the Dallas Cowboys receivers, which until this past year or two, haven't been all-that special. He performed exceedingly well when put up against Terrell Owens on more than one occasion, but how familiar is he with Miles Austin, Dallas' number one receiver?
Not as familiar as you might think.
The Redskins ran an awful lot of zone coverage when they played Dallas - so much so that Rogers wasn't even pulled in to cover Austin during a game last year in which Austin was targeted eleven times ... and caught the ball every time. Rogers was either occupying another receiver or handling a zone that didn't include Austin. Rogers was a corner that played a lot of zone because the Washington coaching staff knew he was streaky if he started to give up plays in man-to-man coverage, meaning that he was likely to give up more of them each time. Call it a lack of confidence.
Either way, Rogers has always been an above-average-to-great cover corner, he just never has the interception numbers that people are hoping for. The 49ers are likely to use him in a much bigger man-to-man role on Sunday, which means he'll likely see a lot of Austin. He does, of course, have a lot to rely on in regards to his knowledge of Austin, having practiced to play him several times but again, he doesn't have as much man-to-man coverage on him as you might have thought.
He'll likely see a lot more of him on Sunday for a couple reasons. First, Austin switches to the slot receiver role when the Cowboys spread it out or go three-wide, and Rogers moves to the slot cover corner position in Vic Fangio's nickel package. That means so long as the Cowboys trot out three receivers, then Rogers will be on Austin.
Secondly, the 49ers will likely play a lot of man-to-man because they'll be blitzing. Or at least, that's how this writer feels ... you've got a quarterback in Tony Romo who can be streaky at his worst, coming off a performance against the Jets in which he lost the game for his team. Romo is a guy that, at least by conventional wisdom's standards, Vic Fangio will want to send the blitz after an awful lot. Hit him and get in his face, force him to make mistakes and don't let him get into a rhythm.
So no ... Carlos Rogers is not all-that familiar with Miles Austin, but if the 49ers can get to Tony Romo, it really doesn't matter who the receivers are.
The 49ers are looking pretty good on the injury front this week as they host the Dallas Cowboys at Candlestick Park on Sunday. The team released their Friday injury report and it was pretty light reading, with only WR Michael Crabtree and S Dashon Goldson listed as questionable.
Dallas' injury report was a little more lengthy, with the team announcing that cornerback Terence Newman (groin) and cornerback Orlando Scandrick (ankle) will miss this week's game. The Cowboys listed guard Bill Nagy (neck) as doubtful, and wide receiver Dez Bryant (thigh) as questionable.
Wide receiver Miles Austin (knee), tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle), center Phil Costa (knee), cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder), tackle Tyron Smith (knee), and linebacker Anthony Spencer (shoulder) are all listed as probable and expected to suit up.
After week one of the preseason, the San Francisco 49ers looked like they'd have a myriad of changes to make along their offensive line. After week one of the regular season, they're a confident bunch heading into week two. There's a saying that goes "confidence is ignorance - if you're confident, that just means there's something you're forgetting or you don't know."
Something tells me that the 49ers are aware of DeMarcus Ware.
The offensive line didn't allow a sack in week one against the Seattle Seahawks, though they also didn't perform exceptionally well in the run game. The Seahawks were more focused on stacking the box and stopping running back Frank Gore than they were on sacking quarterback Alex Smith. It was no secret that the 49ers were going to be running the ball, and Seattle was more concerned with Gore, who has a history of burning them for big chunks of yardage. Usually when that happens, a quarterback will take advantage and burn a struggling secondary, but that didn't exactly happen ... good thing the 49ers had defense and special teams in week one.
Still, it all comes down to the fact that there were a lot of big angry men chasing after Alex Smith and none of them were able to catch him in week one. And now it all comes down to the fact that Demarcus Ware will be the guy chasing around Smith for sixty minutes. Is Joe Staley up to the task of holding down the left side of the line against Ware? It's possible ... he's a streaky player, but at his best, he can hold his own.
Watching how the Cowboys use Ware will be the biggest thing on Sunday. If they put him up against Anthony Davis on the right side of the line, you might see the 49ers passing game limited as Vernon Davis stays in to block. Then again, Ware has the tendency to go on the side where the tight end isn't, so Staley is the likely target. Ware is coming off a two-sack performance against the New York Jets, a game in which he lined up on the right, left and in the middle of the line - where he promptly blitzed right up the center.
Aside from Greg Roman, Jim Harbaugh and the rest of the offensive staff, another player should be watching Ware intently on the sidelines: Aldon Smith. The two share an important quality at their position: an impressive wingspan, and Smith has to have his aspirations set on being a player of Ware's caliber. We won't know if he'll reach that point for a couple seasons, but we've only until Sunday to see if the 49ers o-line can handle Ware.
Cowboys who did not practice on Thursday
Cowboys who were limited in practice on Thursday
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San Francisco looks fairly healthy, and Crabtree appears to be on his way back. This could cause all sorts of problems for a Cowboys secondary that could be very thin without Newman and would now have to deal with Crabtree, Braylon Edwards and Vernon Davis. The only way they might be able to slow down the Niners passing game is to get to Alex Smith and slow down Frank Gore in the run game.
Which could totally happen. This is the 49ers offense after all.
Coach Jim Harbaugh is getting his San Franciso 49ers ready for Sunday's match-up against the Dallas Cowboys. During a press conference on Wednesday, Harbaugh spoke about the team's preparation ahead of the game as well as the strong play from his starting quarterback and running back.
According to Harbaugh, the transition into the second week of the season is the most important practice time of the entire year: "The week that you can get the most progress in the entire season in one week, is going from week one to week two. We really want to make sure that we're on point and that we're taking advantage of every possible way that we can improve and learn more about our football team." It seems that Harbaugh will be pushing adjustments hard on his players this week, and hopefully the intensive practice will help his team coalesce a little bit quicker under their new head coach.
Even though the team got off to a good start last week with a 33-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, quarterback Alex Smith had a pretty quiet game (124 yards on 15-of-20 passing and 22 rushing yards on seven rushes). Harbaugh, however, is very pleased with Smith's ability to scramble and pick up yards. "Really encouraged by (his ability to scramble). That was a point of emphasis during this training camp. To see him respond that way and do things that move the chains, get you closer to first downs... is something that's a real positive for our ball club."
Harbaugh is also pleased with the versatile play of running back Frank Gore: "I thought he looked good. He played a physical ball game, a blue-collar game for Frank. I thought he blocked well...He took some hits off (WR) Braylon (Edwards) and the quarterback." Getting additional production beyond just passing and running, respectively, from his starting quarterback and starting running back is a good sign for Harbaugh. If the two continue to perform well in the facets of scrambling and blocking, the 49ers will be able to move the chains consistently this year.
This week's game could be a big benchmark game for the 49ers: "We definitely look at it that way and the most important game is this one, is the next one. We look at it like 16, one-game seasons."
By Harbaugh's definition, the 49ers posted an undefeated 1-0 season last week by beating the Seahawks. They'll look to post another one this Sunday against the Cowboys.
The San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys will square off in Week 2 in just four more days, and both teams will hope to have full or near-full squads for the game. Two 49ers had trouble in practice with injuries while six Cowboys found themselves restricted to some extent on Wednesday.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was limited in practice with a nagging left foot injury. The injury limited Crabtree to just one catch and four yards during San Francisco's Week 1 victory against the Seattle Seahawks an caused him to exit the game with pain. Crabtree hopes to play against the Cowboys but will continue to nurse his left foot in the meantime.
Dashon Goldson, the 49ers starting free safety, is dealing with a knee issue that kept him out of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He was limited in practice today, like Crabtree.
On the other side of the ball, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (thigh), cornerback Terence Newman (groin) and cornerback Orlando Scandrick (ankle) did not practice at all on Wednesday. Most notable on this list is Bryant, the talented wide receiver that recorded 71 yards and one touchdown in the first quarter of last week's game against the New York Jets. He would leave the game with pain on the Cowboys' second drive of the game.
Three other Cowboys were limited during Wednesday's practice: cornerback Mike Jenkins (knee), guard Bill Nagy (neck) and linebacker Anthony Spencer (shoulder). Dallas has been hit especially hard at the cornerback position lately and will hope to get at least one of their three injured cornerbacks back ahead of Sunday's game.
These players have four more days to rest up and recover before Sunday's match-up. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:05 Pacific Time on FOX.
What are you looking to improve on in offense this week?
"Quite a few things. Obviously, red zone efficiency. We were down there quite a few times and could only punch it in the one time. So, we got to score touchdowns down there. If we did that last Sunday, it changes the game. Third down efficiency obviously wasn’t good enough. We have to get better in that area and a lot of things. Third down efficiency, we weren’t very good on first and second down. We put ourselves in some holes. In the past game we were only throwing for a 124 yards. Obviously I’d like to build upon that. So we were efficient as far as completion percentage, but I’d really like to get a little more production."
As Thomas Beekers of Field Gulls points out, one of the positives the Seahawks can take from their game is that they bended but didn't break. Tthe 49ers went one for five in the red zone in terms of punching it in, having to settle for David Akers chip-shot field goals. It didn't cost them against an anemic Seattle offense, but they won't get so lucky in the future.
If Smith expects to hold onto the starting job in San Francisco, his offense needs to put touchdowns on the board. Jim Harbaugh seemed more comfortable with running the ball with Frank Gore on third downs early on, and Smith didn't make any big third down plays later on either. Smith is going to have to improve on making the right reads and the right throws as he gets closer to the end zone, or the grumblings by San Francisco fans will grow to a fever pitch again.
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After a big win at home to kick off the season, the San Francisco 49ers are looking to continue their winning ways against the Dallas Cowboys. With the 'Boys and 49ers featuring two of the largest fan bases in America, the game, which will be televised on FOX at 4:05 EDT, will be broadcasted to a good majority of the country.
Who will be calling the game? It's Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin. Brennaman, who has covered nearly every sporting event and is often seen calling Cincinnati Reds baseball games, will have the play-by-play duties. Billick, who was the head coach for the Ravens for nearly a decade, will be the color commentator for the game. It is a bit of a surprise that Troy Aikman will not be handling those duties, but it does bring more of an even-keel to the broadcast. Okmin will be handling the sideline duties; she's pretty and a blonde.
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The San Francisco 49ers have signed tight end Justin Peelle to a one-year contract and cut safety Colin Jones, according to the team. Peelle is a nine-year veteran who has played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons during his NFL career.
Peelle entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Chargers. During his four years in San Diego, Peelle got 19 starts and recorded a total of 270 yards with four touchdowns.
He had his best season in Miami in 2007, when he notched 228 yards and two touchdowns on 29 receptions. He has spent the past three seasons with the Falcons but has not seen more than 159 receiving yards in any year.
The 49ers will likely use Peelle as a third tight end in place of guard Adam Snyder and offensive tackle Alex Boone, who together supplied that role for the 49ers last week. The 45-year-old journeyman will return to the West Coast, where he played college football (four years at Oregon).
The 49ers cut rookie Colin Jones in order to clear up roster space. Jones, drafted in the sixth-round of the 2011 NFL Draft, will be eligible to join the practice squad.
The San Francisco 49ers welcome their old rival the Dallas Cowboys to town this Sunday in a battle of teams trying to figure out where they stand in 2011. Both teams are coming off 6-10 seasons in 2010 and both have quarterbacks that are lightning rods for criticism within the fan base.
While Tony Romo does raise question marks in the eyes of Cowboys fans, bookies still view the Cowboys as slightly better than the 49ers heading into their matchup on Sunday. The Cowboys are on the road this week but have opened as three point favorites against the 49ers. The over/under on the contest sits at 42 points.
The early weeks of the season are tough for bookies as most teams are still trying to figure out where they stand. The 49ers won 33-17 last weekend but if any 49ers fan says they confidently know where this teams stands, they're lying or delusional. The team has several question marks that were overcome by a strong pass rush and dominant special teams. It is possible this will be the identity of the 2011 San Francisco 49ers, but it is too early to say that with any confidence.
Naturally I'd bet the 49ers to cover (not that I'd ever think of wagering money on sports!), but this is a tough contest to call.
The San Francisco 49ers came out of week one with a win and have to feel good about it, but their offensive execution will need to be significantly better to keep up with the Dallas Cowboys in week two, however mistake-prone they may be. For more on the game and the team in general, head over to Niners Nation, SB Nation's San Francisco 49ers blog.
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