49ers 31, Buccaneers 17

They came, they saw, they conquered. With a grain of salt on the “conquer.” Survived might be closer.

Grumpy did a nice post-game write-up Sunday night, so we’ll let him carry the ball here:

The defense looked very good at times, especially the pass rush. The run defense wore down in the 4th quarter and if not for Winston’s boners might have come up short. The offense was very streaky too. WAY too many penalties and bonehead mistakes. How the Hell can you line in the Neutral Zone multiple times? The fricking ball is RIGHT THERE next to you!

Hopefully a lot of this is rust getting knocked off and by Game 3 we’ll look more solid.

Witherspoon has got his mojo back. He looked like the promising rookie instead of the Lost Guy from last year. Moore made one major impact play. Dickhead is still getting by mugging people and I’m not sure the league will keep letting him get away with it this year.

Most concerned about the O-line interior. Tomlinson got absolutely rag dolled on the 4th down play, Richburg still isn’t healthy, and Person is a journeyman doing his best.

Still: It’s a Road Win, and an East Coast one at that. And a game where we looked pretty ugly at times, but found a way to win anyway. Been a few years since one of those.

A few more observations:

Someone should have warned Tevin Coleman about the 49ers injury jinx before he signed up last offseason. A guy known for durability promptly injured his ankle in this game and watched it from the bench. And the running game wasn’t much to watch, either. 32 attempts for 98 yards and 3.1 piddly yards per carry. The passing game wasn’t much better. Jimmy Garoppolo was 18 for 27 and 166 yards, with a passer rating of 80.2.

FA LB offseason acquisition Kwon Alexander got a game ball afterwards. Not sure what the message for that was. He dropped an interception that hit him in the hands and got tossed out of the contest in the first quarter. Maybe it was for beating the FA jinx by playing a game without tearing his ACL like the first two year’s FA guys have done.

The team had 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, and four takeaways. That was the first game since the Harbaugh era with that combination of defensive prowess and already eclipses last year’s historic ineptitude of 2 ints all season and minus a whole bunch in the t.o. department. We head to the second game plus 2 in turnovers.

All in all, this was a game the 49ers needed to win if they want to start getting some respect. And they did. Baby steps.

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11 comments on “49ers 31, Buccaneers 17
  1. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Winston made some terrible choices but we were continually in his face. It was pretty obvious that we rattled him. That in itself is different. This young team just might go places if we keep the injury but away.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember when some wanted Lynch to sign OBJ?

    One of the stupidest thing you will read today. OBJ wore a $350K watch on the field while he was in the game. Most likely he got a freebie deal from the watchmaker for the free advertising this generated.
    Might be the last time he does this because this is an old NFL no no.
    Remember when Jim McMahon was fined for wearing a headband brand not sanctioned by NFL?

    For me this paints OBJ as an elitist rich guy asshole flaunting his wealth in everyone’s face. What a shithead.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Too many penalties that need to be cleaned up.

    However Kittle’s TD where Niners were called for a pick was ticky tack and most times would’ve gone uncalled.

    Jimmy G should have had 2 TDs but he missed Bourne and Goodwin on routine throws that might have led to big plays. He’s got to make those throws.
    Oline gave up only one sack so they did their job for the most part.

    Clean up the penalties and the game would be different with less stress.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nick Foles put on IR with a broken clavicle. Jags trade a 5th round pick to Steelers for backup Josh Dobbs.

    Coleman has a high ankle sprain and is out for Bungles game and week to week after that. Would not expect to see him again until week 5 after the bye against the Browns at the earliest.

    Per Lombardi of THE ATHLETIC

    “Meanwhile, Bosa teamed with veteran free-agent acquisition Dee Ford to give the 49ers newfound edge-rushing pop. Bosa led all qualifying NFL edge rushers in PFF’s measure of pass-rush productivity in Week 1, logging six total pressures and his first career sack over 25 pass-rushing snaps.
    “He definitely had an effect on the game which is what we were hoping for,” Shanahan said of Bosa. “He got in the backfield a lot.”
    Witherspoon’s interception came directly off of a Bosa pressure, which followed the 49ers’ pass-rushing blueprint that calls for several pieces to work in unison. Bosa and Ford collapsed the edges, while 6-foot-7 lineman Arik Armstead came from the interior to block Winston’s vision. With DeForest Buckner and Dre Greenlaw both identifying Tampa Bay’s attempt at a screen pass and covering the running back, Witherspoon was free to find the ball and make the interception.”

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bosa should have had another sack earlier, but Winston danced away from him.

    I thought Armstead had a good game, too. Buckner was awfully quiet. The less said about Solomon Thomas the better. That Blair and Jones got more snaps pretty much speaks volumes there.

    Our LB corps looks pretty good too. Greenlaw is looking like a second half of the draft gem. Warner is very good. If Kwon can stay healthy and not get tossed out of games, our front seven is going to be as good as anyone’s. It’s our offense I worry about.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Saleh ever uses this defensive alignment again he should be fired on the spot. This concept is just plain stupid and frankly foolishly sandlot. You expect to stop a running back who’s developed a full head of steam giving him 10 yards to get up to speed in his tracks?


  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Big mistake was Tarvarius Moore (33) there, going for the highlight impact hit, instead of wrapping up the sure tackle.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Antonio Brown back in the new again as his ex trainer filed a civil suit that he raped her 3 times last year.

    This time it just looks like a money grab because she didn’t go to the police for criminal charges so he be put away but she just wants the cash.

    Brown is denying the charges claiming it was consensual. The drama never stops with this guy.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17