Niners battle back in St. Louis; The Russell Show
Even though the score show a comfortable win for the Niners, this was actually a good game. The Rams came out guns blazing in the 1st quarter in front of the home crowd. Rams used 11 plays and took 7 minutes to go 80 yards for their first TD. Austin went 4/4 on that drive and on the next drive he threw a 22 yard TD, having everyone thinking that he was the new kid on the block but then reality struck. Davis finished the game 21/42 averaging only 5 yards a pass. He only threw one interception but it was a pick 6 on the potential game tying drive.
The 2nd TD was set up by the Rams defense, who forced a turnover on the previous drive. On Monday Night Countdown, the crew spoke about how the Rams, being coached by Jeff Fisher, will compete with the heavily-favorite Niners and they did. The Rams aren't far from being more than a "competitive team". Losing Sam Bradford did not help their cause this year, but I think even with him on the field, they still need some more pieces.
I don't understand why people keep are always knocking Kaepernick. I'm not the biggest fan but I do think he can play. In two seasons, he has played in 2 NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl. His numbers aren't spectacular, except for tonight, but his production is top notch. Kaep threw for 343 yards and 3 TDs on 36 passes with a 120.5 QB rating. Some of you may not know this but the Rams have the best passing defense in the league, only allowing 192 passing yards a game, so let's tip our cap to Mr. Kaepernick for his Monday Night performance.
The Niners did have some casualties this game though. Patrick Willis did not finish the game because of a foot injury. Frank Gore and Justin Smith also left the game early due to injury.
The Niners will travel to Denver next week to see Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Niners are without Navarro Bowman and now they might be without Patrick Willis also. You definitely want your best players on the field when you're facing Peyton Manning, especially those two names. It will be interesting to see how they play against the Cerebral Air Arsenal of the Broncos.
Well, we can never question whether or not KD is durable. For the first time in his 6-year career, KD will miss a large amount of games. KD will undergo foot surgery, which will put him on the sidelines for the beginning of the season. Earlier reports has come out declaring that he would miss 6-8 weeks but the Thunder has later stated that there is no specific time frame for his recovery.
The real story though is Russell Westbrook, who will have to lead this Thunder team. We know Russy has the skills to be a MVP candidate but now he can showcase his talents being the #1 options. I am curious to see whether or not his assists will decrease with KD not being on the floor. Russell averages 7 dimes for his career - don't quote me on this - but I'm sure 4 of those are to KD.
This won't break or make the Thunder season but it will be interesting to watch.