Is it possible to feel worse about a Week 2 win than we did about a Week 1 loss?
That is where we are after the San Francisco 49ers traveled to MetLife Stadium and blew out the New York Jets. Although the 49ers won, what was the cost? They improved their record to 1-1, but suffered numerous injuries.
Raheem Mostert scored on the first play — the first play! — showing why he is the workhorse of this offense with an 80-yard carry to the house! We also had a Jordan Reed sighting in the first half; Jimmy Garoppolo hit him for an 18-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. On the other side of the ball, the defense was absolutely suffocating from the first snap of this game. In the first half, they only allowed three points on a drive that began in bad field position.
However, this game was plagued with bad luck.
The 49ers lost a number of key starters who went down today:
- Nick Bosa (reported ACL tear)
- Solomon Thomas (reported ACL tear)
- Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain)
- Jimmy Garoppolo (high-ankle sprain)
- Dre Greenlaw (TBD)
- Laken Tomlinson (TBD)
The players claimed it was due to the field turf, but next week’s game is at the same stadium. We should have left after that first TD run and just gone home.
Good news is, Jerick McKinnon looked good in this game, and Nick Mullens looked serviceable. Mullens wasn’t asked to do much, as the game was out-of-hand by the time he came in after halftime. Jordan Reed posted a solid seven catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns, and most importantly, he didn’t get hurt.
Next week, the San Francisco 49ers face the New York Giants. Hopefully, we get some good news on Mostert and Garoppolo, and don’t add any new injuries.
I’ll be back later in the week with a more in-depth breakdown of the game, as well as injury updates.
(Featured Image Credit: San Francisco 49ers)