Sep 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during action against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The Colts defeated the 49ers 27-7. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 9/23: 49ers Are Disappointing, A’s Clinch AL West, Raiders-Broncos Not a Rivalry

49ers the NFL’s Most Disappointing Team

Part of this is scheduling: In the first three weeks of the season, San Fran had to host the Green Bay Packers, fly to Seattle to face one of the toughest tests in the modern NFL and then come back home to play a young Colts team trying to build on its surprising 2012 playoff run. That excuse only goes so far, however. San Fran needed a ref bailout to beat the Packers, then put up 10 points the next two weeks.

In those games, we’ve seen the first signs of struggle for 2012 sensation Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers QB has completed less than 50% of his passes during the short losing streak and has thrown zero touchdowns against four interceptions. San Francisco’s ferocious defense has been mostly toothless all season, particularly in stopping the run. That unit, which may not have All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith for the next few weeks, has allowed an average of 175 yards on the ground the past two weeks.

- Chris Hase, USA TODAY Sports

A’s Clinch Division in Front of Home Crowd

The A’s wrote this script without all the drama of the last one, but it’s turned out to be just as riveting, with potential for an even sweeter ending.

In anticipating the sequel to be longer than the 2012 original, the A’s know plenty of work remains to make that happen. For now, they pause. And celebrate.

On a cloudless Sunday afternoon at a roaring Coliseum, the A’s experienced the thrill of securing yet another American League West title in front of a home crowd, their second in a row and 16th overall. Only the Yankees (18) and Braves (17) have reeled in more division championships.

- Jane Lee,

Raiders-Broncos No Longer a Rivalry

Still, even with the most recent of these games coming only two years ago, it all seems like ancient history, with the Broncos having won three straight in the series by an average score of 34-14.

And on Monday, the folks in Vegas are predicting another blowout with the 2-0 Broncos, Manning and the league’s highest-scoring offense favored by 14.5 points over the 1-1 Raiders, QB Terrelle Pryor and his three career starts. It’s the most points the Broncos have been favored by in the 53-year history of the series.

Evenly-matched teams? Meaningful games? Close games? Heated rivalry?

Nope, nope, nope and . . . Not. Any. Longer.

- Ken Pomponio, Yahoo! Sports


Tags: Oakland Athletics Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers

  • James K

    Mr Pimponio only has room in his column to state the obvious, forgetting to hint at the upset possibilities of a Raiders Team hungry to prove him and the other media naysayers WRONG!
    Lets talk tommorow .

  • Chris Schroeder

    Yeah the 49ers were favored by 10 points against the Colts but yet the col annihilated the 49ers at candlestick and geez the Raiders could’ve been the colts 4 different ways in Indianapolis if it weren’t for Pryor throwing 2 red zone interceptions, and Janikowski missing a field goal.

    Also, i’m sorry to point this out but the New York Giants are horrible. 38-0 Carolina. Yeah, I said it. Peyton Mannings numbers are so inflated it almost makes him look like nothing in a game that made Cam Newton look like Superman. Oh that makes not forget the seven touchdowns against the ravens team that basically did a fire sale on their defense and are scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to tallent. Peyton Manning, please!!!

    It’s time y’all woke the F up. The Defense is going to make Peyton Manning look like a scared little Girl Scout running for his life.

    If John Fox were smart he might consider just throwing in the towel and benching Peyton Manning before he ends up being carted off the field in a stretcher.

    14.5 points…. What a joke Vegas is.

  • Ad Astra

    Yep, lets talk tomorrow. If you want to talk about horrible teams, Jacksonville is THE worst, and the Raiders only won by 10 and only managed 1 TD. If anybody’s stats are inflated, its the Raider’s D. Congrats on being rank 3 when half the teams they’ve faced are last in the league. They’ll be lucky to hang on in the top ten after getting murked tonight.

  • Dirkdeez20

    If this is the case that the Raider’s & Broncos no longer a rivalry then neither should the Bears & Packers be the Cowboys & Redskins nor the Steelers & the Ravens. Lets just call it what it is and say that the Raiders are not that big of contenders for the Broncos but in all reality the Broncos weren’t that great of a team before Manning and Haven’t really been that good since Romanowski,Terrell Davis and Shannon Sharpe.(Oh yeah and the Elway days)