Judging by the score, you’d think the 49ers’ defense had a really bad day. But 27 of the Rams 39 points came on drives of 27, 21, 34, 27, and 13 yards. And another two on a blocked punt safety.
The Rams scored only ten points on legitimate drives, the same as the Niners. All world RB Todd Gurley had only 63 yards rushing. QB Jared Goff had only 202 yards passing.
CJ Beathard. What can you say about Mr. Timex. Gets the hell kicked out of him every week, but still manages to give us a healthy dose of good CJ and bad CJ. The only thing we can be sure of is that bad CJ will do enough damage to sabotage whatever good CJ manages to accomplish. Sunday, it was two interceptions and one fumble.
OTOH, there’s Rams DT Aaron Donald. He didn’t do anything in last year’s game except throw a tantrum near the end of it. This year he was a human wrecking ball, with four sacks, six tackles for a loss, and one fumble recovery. Was the difference facing C Daniel Kilgore last year versus Weston Richburg this year? Or maybe having Ndamukong Suh lining up next to him on the D-line this year?
Reuben Foster barely showed up on the stat sheet Sunday, with just two measly tackles. He’s been a non-factor this year, along with Solomon Thomas, who’s become a part-time player. GM John Lynch‘s first two draft picks from 2017 are looking like busts. Wasted first round picks. Not good.
We’re probably getting close to the Jed York vicious tweet point. The little guy just had his team yanked out of a Sunday Night Prime Time spot, featuring the unveiling of the Dwight Clark statue and the visit of the 1984 championship team, then this game was scrubbed in the fourth quarter by the national network feed, which cut away to the Redskins/Cowboys game.
Next week, the Niners travel to Arizona, followed by home games against the Raiders and Giants. The three other one win teams in the league. Do the Niners belong in this group? Or will they win three straight and salvage a little pride for the 2018 season? We’ll find out just how bad this team is or isn’t.