49ers 41, Bengals 17


572 yards. 5 TDs. 27-14 edge in first downs. 259 yards rushing.

The 49ers torched the Bengals on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. They stuffed the Bengals running game (19 attempts for 25 yds), sacked Andy Dalton four times, and dominated the game from start to finish.

Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert are looking like a formidable rushing tandem. Breida had 121 yards on just 12 carries, then gave way to Mostert, who had 83 yards on 13 attempts. Both of them ran through the Bengals like they were stuck in quicksand. Breida is quietly becoming one of the best RBs in the league. Durability is the only thing that has held him back. If he can stay healthy this season, he’ll post some pretty big numbers.

WR Deebo Samuel might have a significantly goofy name, but the second round rookie is looking like the real deal so far. He’s passed by last year’s second rounder (Dante Pettis) and yesterday was the leading 49ers receiver. For the past two years that distinction has been owned almost exclusively by TE George Kittle, who had a tidy game (3 catches for 54 yards), but was not the only guy making the passing game go for a change.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this kind of game from the Niners. It’s possible, even likely, that the Bengals are just a lousy football team, but last week they took the Seahawks to the wire before losing. If Niner fans remain skeptical of their team, you can bet the Seattle boys have taken notice. They might not be quaking in their boots yet, but seriously concerned would not be a stretch.

Not many of us expected to start the season with two victories in the Eastern time zone. And nobody expected the team to hit the BYE week with a 3-0 record. A home game against Pittsburgh is the only thing that can prevent such a splendid beginning, though. The Steelers might have been prohibitive favorites when we looked at the schedule, but they don’t look that formidable now. And maybe the Niners do.

The only negative from the game was losing LT Joe Staley for eight weeks with a broken fibula. How the team copes during that time will go a long way toward determining their fate this year.

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21 comments on “49ers 41, Bengals 17
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Staley has a hairline fracture that won’t require surgery so he needs for it to heal and he should be back mid-season 9seahags game?)per Matt Barrows.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rip John Ralston ex Stanford and Bronco head coach.

    RIP Eddie Money

    RIP Rik Ocasek

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per ESPN Football Power Index after 2 games. For me a 4-0 start is quite possible if this team remains focused on the game that week.
    Saleh is rotating 8-9 defensive linemen but the scheme has been highly effective and all are making plays.

    11-5-0 Projected record
    33.6% To win Division
    73.8% To make Playoffs
    5.3% To win Super Bowl

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Ben Roethlisberger will miss rest of year after elbow surgery.”

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Without Rapistberger, the Steelers game at home becomes a Should-Win.

  6. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    This week’s game was very impressive. The win over TB could have been seen as a little fluky, but this win over the Bengals was one of those all-team solid victories that gives me some hope for the future.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Still Niners can’t Steelers lightly but the stars are aligned for the Niners when the Steelers don’t have Bell, Antonio Brown, Big Ben and
    James Conner on their offense.

    They weren’t doing so hot with Ben and Conner playing. They need to be all in tyhis week because the Bye week follows.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe they will be interested in CJ.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are now 6.5 point favorites over Steelers

    Pittsburgh went from 40-1 odds to win Super Bowl to 100-1

  10. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I did, but chicken little pussy pants doesn’t let me post here.

  11. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Hey look at that. I had us starting fast but faltering by the end of the season. 9-7. Although the Falcons certainly don’t look very formidable anymore. Things change quickly in Pete’s NFL.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NY Giants pick up TE Kaden Smith off waivers when Niners had to make room to activate Jeff Wilson.

    If Niners win this Sunday it’ll be their first 3-0 start since 1998.

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    IIRC the Giants picked up Bear Pasco(sp) from us and won a SB. But maybe it was David Baas it’s been awhile.

  14. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Hey V McD is still hanging with the Steelers. Who knows? Would you believe Bear Pascoe?

  15. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Hah!@ didn’t see your post Winder.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Schefter

    “TRADE: Steelers are trading a 2020 first-round pick to the Dolphins for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, league sources tell ESPN.”

    Wonder if he might cover Kittle as Steelers are giving up TDs to TEs.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lions shuffle Ex-Niner QBs as backups.

    They release Josh Johnson and sign Jeff Driskel as the backup.

    Steelers sign Paxton Lynch as 3rd string QB. The current backup is Devlin Hodges. They also that traded for Kirkpatrick is their starting FS.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners switch long snappers signing ex-Raiduh Jon Condo. They cut current LS Colin Holba

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags signed Adrian Colbert to their Practice Squad

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Santa Clara votes to remove 49ers as Levis Stadium manager and strip its power to sign contracts.”

  21. 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