49ers 25, Titans 23

It appears the 49ers have finally located a QB.

In three games as the starter, Jimmy Garoppolo has been virtually unstoppable. He’s had two 300+ yard passing games, an almost extinct achievement this century. Two 4th quarter game winning drives with less than two minutes to play. Three straight victories.

The only thing slowing him down so far is the opponents’ twenty yard line. In seven trips there on Sunday, only once did the Niners reach the end zone. Yet somehow, the kicker who missed a chip shot game winning FG two years ago for Chicago, Robbie Gould, has transformed himself into Adam Vinatieri, hitting 15 straight FGs and two game winners in the past three victories. Yesterday, Gould hit six three pointers.

Also emerging from sustained obscurity is TE Garrett Celek. He has labored for six years as the 49er also ran TE, used mainly for blocking, while the team tried to turn Vance McDonald into a big time player. But since Garoppolo took the helm, Celek has looked almost Gronk-like, catching big pass after big pass.

Marquise Goodwin caught 10 passes for 116 yards Sunday, but just about any guy they throw out there as a receiver has made plays. Aldrick Robinson, Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor — none of these fellows is a household name even to themselves. But they’ve all made an impact in the past three games.

With four wins, the team has doubled its total from last season. The first upward movement in almost four years. If they add any more in the final two games, it will be at the expense of the 10-4 Jaguars and/or the 10-4 Rams. Each of those teams absolutely destroyed their opponents Sunday, with the Rams beating the 49er nemesis Seahawks 42-7 in Seattle and the Jaguars stomping Houston 45-7. Garoppolo beat Houston 26-16 last Sunday, but has yet to face the Seahawks.

Anyway you look at it, the NFC West is undergoing a seismic shift in talent this year. The Seahawks and Cardinals are falling, and the Rams and 49ers are rising. Actually, the Rams have already risen. The 49ers will have to wait until next year to see how much of a contender they will be.

At the moment, however, they are definitely trending upward.




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10 comments on “49ers 25, Titans 23
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Play of the game was Marquise Goodwin snatching a sure INT away from the Titan DB and preventing a turnover.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If the season ended today the Niners would pick 5th in the draft with top ten picks looking like this (tiebreakers are strength of schedule)

    1. Cleveland Browns (0-14, .513)
    2. New York Giants (2-12, .529)
    3. Indianapolis Colts (3-11, .487)
    4. Houston Texans (4-10, .504)
    5. San Francisco 49ers (4-10, .513)
    6. Chicago Bears (4-10, .559)
    7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9, .559)
    8. Cincinnati Bengals (5-9, .473)
    9. Denver Broncos (5-9, .482)
    10. New York Jets (5-9, .532)

    Last 2 games are going to be tough unless the Rams have nothing to play for and rest their starters. Looking like the Niners will draft in top ten.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners keep their draft position at 5 I would take Barkley at RB or LT Connor Williams from Texas

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TkkaNad3Ss

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Marquise Goodwin looked like a bust for half a season. Now he looks like they should replace his “11” with an “S”.

    Makes me wonder about all the Torrey Smiths and others who labored here over the past years. How much of it was them, and how much was the QB?

    For the first time in three years we may actually have some optimism and momentum going into next season.

    Quick, someone brick up Jed York in his office before he does something stupid.

  5. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    JG has made all the difference in the world. We probably have the worst OLine in the league and so far he has survived. I hope he can do the same for the next couple of games so we can get him some help for next season. I doubt we win anymore games this year but I bet we still play em tough. We need a Gurley, or a fournette(sp) so I would go Barkley if he is there. And then a handful of Olinemen.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Since Week 13, there are only 2 NFL QBs who are 3-0 and averaging 300+ passing yards/game: Blake Bortles & Jimmy Garoppolo.”

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives

    DE Aaron Lynch
    WR Max McCaffrey
    CB Greg Mabin
    DB Antone Exum
    DE Pita Taumoepenu
    DL Leger Douzable
    DL D.J. Jones

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9: @ Vikings, 10:00 am Sun.
9-16: vs. Lions, 1:25 pm, Sun.
9-23: @ Chiefs, 10:00 am, Sun.
9-30: @ Chargers, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-7: vs. Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-15: @ Packers, 5:15 pm, Mon.
10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
2017 Prognostications
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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