101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

Bernie Miklasz and I had so much to discuss — most of it positive, some of it not so much — regarding where NFC West teams stand heading into Week 16.

So many young players in the division are making significant contributions: Aldon Smith, K.J. Wright, Kam Chancellor, O'Brien Schofield and others.

Bernie asked what I thought of the San Francisco 49ers' chances for playoff advancement. Too often, I think, we gravitate toward absolutes. We want to say there's no way one team could defeat another, when in fact there are ways, some more likely than others. I told him the 49ers could beat any team in the NFL with a well-executed, well-conceived plan.

Here's the audio.