I watched the first half of today's San Francisco 49ers game at Denver and I have to say I was more than a little concerned for their season when it was over. Sure, they went on to win the game, 29-24, but the first stringers were shaky.
The offense was a sputtering joke and the defense was a sieve. Yeah, I know, Peyton Manning blah blah blah. The fact is that historically the third game of the four-week preseason is when teams show what they've got before they move into the last week when all they really want is to survive without major injuries and make decisions about the last handful of roster spots easier. And if that's the standard, then the Niners are not looking as good as they had in their two previous preseason outings.
You want pathetic? Try a team that gets a delay of game penalty after calling a timeout. That's just not paying attention. That's sloppy football. But it blended nicely with the rest of the first-line offense, which generally stunk up the joint.
At this point all we fans can do is hope Coach Jim Harbaugh knew what he was going today and maybe hiding stuff from the Packers and other early-season foes. Because he sure as hell hid it well from the Broncos and the Niners Faithful.