Alright, San Francisco 49ers fans, we’ve had our mourning.
We doomed. We gloomed. We listened to Jerry Rice tell us he’s fed up after one game.
Clearly, the Niners didn’t realize last week was a game that counted. Our season starts NOW — for real, this time.
WHY THE 49ERS WILL WIN
The simple answer is, the Jets looked like they might be the worst team in the league last Sunday. However, I believe the long answer is what we’re seeking.
Niners TE George Kittle has been ruled out for this game. However, the Jets’ Avery Williamson will also miss Sunday’s action, and with a rash of injuries at linebacker, New York is stuck with a bunch of JAGs.
The Jets defense only gave up 98 yards rushing to the Buffalo Bills, but it didn’t really feel like the Bills wanted to run with how much success they found through the air. Between Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, they only carried the ball 18 times. With San Francisco’s offensive line, and the tandem of Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon, the 49ers should see more success on runs, even with a similar number of attempts.
Niners WR Brandon Aiyuk may get to play this game as well; hopefully, we can see some more production out of our receivers this week with him included. If not, I would expect to see a healthy dose of Mostert, McKinnon, and Kyle Juszczyk eating a nice helping of passes; last week, along with George Kittle, this group wrangled in 12 passes for 200 yards on 17 targets. Outside of this, there were only seven catches for 59 yards — yikes.
On defense, Richard Sherman landed on IR this week. Normally, that would make me terrified, but I expect them to roll coverage towards Jamison Crowder after his 115-yard, one-TD performance last week. It goes without saying that Nick Bosa and company should have Jets QB Sam Darnold “seeing ghosts,” so I’m going bold here with a ten-sack game for the entire defensive unit — I just have no faith in the Jets offensive line.
If the Niners are smothering any attempt to pass, this game will be over for the Jets immediately. With Le’Veon Bell placed on IR, the Jets are relying on an aging Frank Gore to carry the load. When Gore started playing football, he was juking-and-trucking velociraptors — the game’s passed him by.
WHY THE JETS WILL WIN
I’ll admit, I’ve had a tough time with this particular section; I’m just that confident in this game. However, for the sake of argument, I’ll venture deep into the bag of tricks.
With Richard Sherman sidelined, the 49ers will roll coverage to his side to fill his void. New York will make sure to have Frank Gore help chip Nick Bosa on passing downs, and a surprise hero will emerge. Breshad “Ghost” Perriman runs by the entire secondary and reels in, not one, but two TDs. Frank Gore looks like the old “Frank the Tank” and rumbles through defenders for 124 yards on 14 carries, running at a whopping average of 4.6 miles-per-hour. (Yes, I know that’s not fast; that’s the joke.)
Defensively, Quinnen Williams and Steve McLendon wreak havoc on San Francisco’s interior line. They get in Jimmy G’s face, and his problems with interior pressure surface once again. With Kittle out, the 49ers’ wide receivers, once again, produce very little. It’s also the Raheem Mostert show again, but the Jets play “bend-don’t-break” and look to contain him as a unit.
The game ends with a pick-six by Bless Austin; got to give him some props, the name alone sounds like a guy who is going to save the game.
Now that I’m out of fairy-tale land, the San Francisco 49ers win this game handily, 35-3. One win in the New York Metropolitan area, with an extended stay to play the New York Giants in their home next week.
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