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Sunday, October 23, 2011
49ers: Go ahead and crown their (you know)

By Mike Sando

The San Francisco 49ers took another step toward the NFC West title Sunday without even playing.

We might be one week away from asking Dennis Green whether it's OK to crown 'em.

For while the 49ers are home against a weak Cleveland team in Week 8, every other NFC West team faces an opponent with a winning record.

Seattle figures to have a good shot at home against 4-2 Cincinnati, but not if the Seahawks' offense plays the way it played during a 6-3 defeat to Cleveland on Sunday.

The 1-5 Arizona Cardinals cannot be taken seriously heading to 4-1 Baltimore.

Same goes for the 0-6 St. Louis Rams against a soon-to-be 5-2 New Orleans team that built a 34-7 halftime lead against Indianapolis on Sunday night.

Yes, it's a little early to start talking about such things. Just a little.