49ers stick together – and win
After that embarrassing loss to Miami, Sunday night's game with the Rams could have shown the team is fracturing. Instead, they got together. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat) You can drop passes. You can grope. You can blow up a blanket or miss a tackle. These can be corrected. But if a team loses […]

After that embarrassing loss to Miami, Sunday night's game with the Rams could have shown the team is fracturing. Instead, they got together. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

You can drop passes. You can grope. You can blow up a blanket or miss a tackle. These can be corrected.

But if a team loses its chemistry - its cohesion - it's done.

And let's not pretend the 49ers weren't heading in that direction before Sunday night's game with the Rams.

They had a losing record, a series of why us? injured and coming out of a loss that even the players described as embarrassing. Sports pundits were trying to trace controversy over the quarterback and 49ers icon Joe Staley was reviewing the team on Twitter - during the game.

And the next Sunday night game was on national television. Everyone would watch.

So it wouldn't have been a surprise if everyone got a little nervous. Maybe Kyle Shanahan would answer a media question about his calling. Or if Jimmy Garoppolo, after a series of questions about his future with the team, gave brief one-word answers.

And most importantly, maybe the players would start to take care of themselves and make selfish decisions. It can tear a team apart.

Obviously, this did not happen. The team that took the field Sunday night against the Rams had a snap and energy that wasn't there a week ago in the flop against the Fish.

I still think the playoffs are a long way off. There are tough games ahead, and a 2-3 start is a big hole to climb on.

But I would watch this team. The one who stole defensively, stoked some smart offensive wrinkles and beat the Rams 24-16.

No matter how this season goes, it's been a while. As Shanahan said after the game, he carefully watched his players during the week.

“When you're embarrassed like that, you learn a lot about your team,” he says. “I was very impressed with the character of our team, the way they performed.

Again, this isn't really a coachable skill. Attitude comes from leading by example and hoping others will follow suit.

So last week Shanahan was as gracious as you can get after a beating. Garoppolo was pleasant and unfazed. George Kittle made jokes. After the game, Arik Armstead (wearing a "VOTE" t-shirt) said it well.

“We were angry,” he said after the game. “Not what people said. It was right.

I also think they were more confident to have their best players on the pitch and ready to contribute. Deebo Samuel was back at full speed and made an immediate impact. New cornerback Jason Verrett has asked everyone to Googling his career story. And Garoppolo was back under center, barely limping on his aching ankle.

Here is my latest theory on Garoppolo. Do not hesitate to say that I am full of algae.

I think the players like it. I think they wish him the best and hope he succeeds. And I think they believe it gives them the best chance of winning.

First, he's clearly their best quarterback. It was interesting that Shanahan had made CJ Beathard inactive for the match. He benched the guy he benched when he benched Garoppolo. Either way, this game made it clear that, until further notice, Garoppolo is the quarterback. This is his job.

And by the way, as this game has also shown, Jimmy G not only has the job, he can do the job.

Lot was made as to how many of his passes were to receivers behind the line of scrimmage. For a while he had negative passing yardage based on distance flown in the air. And no, it's not the hardest pitch in the game. But you've seen QBs pass like this over a receiver's head. Or throw it behind him.

And, by the way, he also makes some impressive throws. The fourth and second stint at Kittle was vintage. Garoppolo managed to get away quickly in the face of all-out pressure and dodged a shot from a blitzer as the ball hit Kittle's hands. Fourth down, blitz, medium-long throw in the middle. . . a lot of things could have gone wrong there. Instead, Kittle took it for a touchdown.

“I haven't seen him,” Garoppolo said. "But I understand it was a pretty sweet room."

So yes, he misses targets sometimes, and we wish his long bullet accuracy was better. But quarters are a rare breed. Ask Kirk Cousins, who signed that huge deal with the Vikings, how he's enjoying his time in Minnesota.

I also think the 49ers love Garoppolo as a person. He really is a down-to-earth, drama-free guy. When you make more money than anyone else, these are good traits to have. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have Kittle, the team's comic in residence, as a sidekick. If you hang out with George, you are definitely at the cool kids' table.

And maybe I'm doing too much, but I also thought there was a revealing moment in Garoppolo's virtual presser last week. A reporter (not me) started asking a question. He or she (transcript doesn't say) comes halfway and has doubts. Finally, they ask if the game is a "win" situation.

“Sheesh,” they say, “just another terrible media question.”

To which Garoppolo said: "I thought that was a good question, just for the record."

I liked this. He took a moment to say, “Hey, don't be so hard on yourself. Hang on. "

The sort of thing the 49ers could have said to each other last week. A few words of encouragement and a reminder to stick to it.

Because, as Garoppolo said after the game, “The NFL is tough. Not every week will be fun. "

Editor's Note: I'll be on vacation next week, so no “Inside”.


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I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to betting.

You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the professionnel, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen !

These are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences.

When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but of course the reward is far greater. As a new football bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick.

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The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment.

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Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the correct score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. 90 Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an expert football bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but évidemment the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher. The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. 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There are two things I have caught myself doing related to being greedy, the first is adding extra teams into an accumulator just because it will bump up my maximum payout. This is almost always a dramatiques idea ! The second thing I have done is bet more money on a team than I initially was going to. You should have a plan for how much you are going to bet and stick to it.

You are not going to win every bet, if you want to become successful at betting on football you need to be patient and pick the right bets for you. Never bet more than you can afford to loseBefore I place a bet I always think about the money I am going to be placing on it and think, if I were to lose this money right now would I be OK with that. If the answer is no I won’t place the bet.

They are too unpredictable, you don’t know how much effort the respective teams are putting in and reserve players may get an outing that you weren’t counting on. If the friendlies are before the start of a new season ( they often are ) players will be very aware to not pick up any injuries so might not play as hard as they normally do.

What I mean by this is that two teams can look a certain way on paper, but if one of those teams has already won the league and the other is fighting to stay in the league there is a very good chance that the team good on paper will be on auto pilot whilst the team playing to stay out of relegation is going to be fighting for their life !

If ever there was a post to comment on with your questions this would be it ! The only stupid question is the one not asked. We’re also really keen on hearing where we can improve this article, so if you still have questions or something wasn’t clear, it was because we’ve done a bad travail and we would love you to tell us how to do better. If you’re hungry for more, I can highly recommend our free email course.

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