Fishermen talk about the one that got away.
Well, ladies and gentleman, this is our one that got away. This was an extremely sloppy game all over. I had predicted a loss in this game, but even I came away not feeling so great about the way we played this one. Lets dive right in.
Things started off looking pretty good. A simple angle route from Raheem Mostert was taken 76 yards to the house, making rookie Isaiah Simmons look lost in the process. Trent Williams held up the left side of the offensive line very well, and of course had a highlight reel play when he put Jordan Hicks six feet underground.
From there, not a lot was very impressive. The wide receivers on the team only came away with four catches in this one. Jimmy G was clearly missing Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. In all, he missed quite a few throws, and didn’t exactly look comfortable in the pocket today. Garoppolo still has a great weapon in George Kittle, who finished the day with an unusually pedestrian stat line. Four catches for 44 yards isn’t going to get it done.
Jerick Mckinnon was equally pedestrian in his first action since tearing his ACL, catching three balls for 20 yards including a 5 yard touchdown score. There was definitely hope to be found from the good of this game, but the offense needs to clean up all the sloppy mistakes. This doesn’t look like the same offense who won the NFC last year currently.
Well, I guess we’ll start with what went right.
Our defensive line seemed to live in the backfield during this game, getting a sack apiece from D.J Jones and Kerry Hyder, Jr.
However, Kyler kept escaping and buying time with his legs, and found Deandre Hopkins for 14 catches and 151 yards. There wasn’t much we could do to stop him. I am not too worried, as there aren’t many receivers of Hopkins’ level in the league. Our issues with containing mobile quarterbacks has continued from last year, as Murray had 91 yards rushing today.
They blocked a punt early that led to a score. I’m giving the special teams an F minus minus today.
As I said, we played sloppy. It was embarrassing, but we almost won this game regardless. Next week, we play the Jets who looked utterly hapless against the Bills. The season is still very early and we can right this ship in a week and move back towards our ultimate goals.