Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The Niners (2-2) got back to what they do best on Thursday night in a 35-11 pummeling of the host Rams (1-3).
San Francisco pounded out 218 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and Colin Kaepernick bounced back following two rough games with an efficient performance that included two touchdown passes.
The Niners defense stifled the Rams offense, holding them to just 188 total yards, sacking Sam Bradford five times and turning him over twice.
To make matters worse for St. Louis, rookie starting safety T.J. McDonald fractured his leg and figures to be out indefinitely, perhaps for the season.
Generally a lopsided snoozefest, the game did feature one particularly interesting moment, as San Francisco fair caught a punt before halftime to set up a 71-yard free kick FG attempt by Phil Dawson, who missed badly.
From Jeff Legwold's report, it doesn't quite sound like Champ Bailey is ready to make his season debut this week.
Jack Del Rio likes the speed and physicality shown by Kayvon Webster, and he sees a lot of Derek Wolfe in Malik Jackson.
Adam Gase blames his own play call for Monday's late strip-sack of Peyton Manning by former friend Jason Hunter, perhaps to cover for Chris Clark.
With his three sacks through three games, Robert Ayers leads the team and has already matched the single-season career high he'd previously set in 2011.
Denver's franchise record-tying 14 consecutive regular season wins have each come by at least seven points, by an average score of 34-18.
Matt Bowen breaks down Peyton Manning's beautifully schemed play-action touchdown pass to Eric Decker from Monday night.
Mark Kiszla says the absence of Von Miller has forced the rest of Denver's defense to step up their game.
It continues to look like rookie safety Earl Wolff will make his first NFL start on Sunday, in place of the injured Patrick Chung.
Alex Henery is just 5-of-7 on FG attempts so far, with his two misses each coming from fortysomething-yards out.
Buffs coach Mike MacIntyre thinks the smaller NFL roster is preventing Chip Kelly from operating his offense as quickly as he did at Oregon.
An alarming joint study by Va Tech and Wake Forest suggests that head hits endured by youth football players are similar in magnitude to what high school and adult players face, and that these impacts occur more often in practice than in games.
Roger Goodell says the league is considering replacing some preseason games with scrimmages, and possibly even reducing the obnoxious ticket burden for them that's placed on season-ticket holders.
Matt Cassel will start at QB for the Vikings, as Christian Ponder has a fractured rib that's dangerously close to his heart.
Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he'd of course welcome a trade after having been stripped of his starting job by Greg Schiano. Doug Farrar says that part of what doomed Freeman in Tampa Bay is Schiano's antiquated offense, and he doesn't see Mike Glennon faring a whole lot better within it.
Aaron Hernandez co-defendant Carlos Ortiz (and totally reliable witness) has changed his story about the murder of Odin Lloyd, now claiming that only Hernandez exited the car when Lloyd was shot to death. Ortiz's first version claimed that Ernest Wallace had joined Hernandez in leaving the vehicle.
As much as things have changed in San Diego, Jim Trotter still sees a Chargers team that can't get it done in the clutch.
Josh Katzowitz lists the best players still available in free agency.
As Jason Lisk points out, AFC teams are 11-3 against NFC squads, including a stunning seven wins out of ten tries as an underdog.
Chase Stuart looks back at moronic decisions not to go for two points, including Tom Coughlin's Week 2 call against the Broncos.