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.