The 49ers got back on track by drubbing the hapless Jets Sunday, but they likely lost any chance at being a SB contender this year when all-world DE Nick Bosa tore his ACL and will be out for the season.
The new turf in Jersey wreaked havoc with players from both teams. For the Niners, in addition to Bosa, Solomon Thomas left with a knee injury, Raheem Mostert with an MCL sprain after opening the game with an 80 yard TD run, Jimmy Garoppolo missed the second half with a high ankle sprain that will probably take him four to six weeks to recover from, Tevin Coleman with some sort knee injury, and I probably missed some others.
On the plus side, Jerick McKinnon finally got to display his chops after missing the first two years of his Niner career. Especially humorous was his 55 yard run on third and 31! I can only imagine the anguish that poured forth with maximum outrage on some tortured Jets’ blog over this atrocity.
Jordan Reed caught seven passes, two for TDs, as he did his best to replace George Kittle. Kendrick Bourne finally made an impact, catching 4 passes for 67 yards. Newly acquired WR Mohamed Sanu chipped in with nothing and Dante Pettis put up another solid zero stat game.
I would praise the defense for giving up only two FGs before a meaningless garbage time TD, but that would imply that the Jets were a competent offensive challenge, which they weren’t, so we’ll settle for a simple round of polite applause.
The scary thing is the team will be right back on this same field again next week against the Giants. We can only hope that there will still be enough decent players left to carry forward the season by the time they get back to Santa Clara from this East Coast swing.
One last largely sentimental note, it was good to see our old friend Frank Gore still trucking along, putting up 63 yards on 21 carries. A reasonable showing without harming the Niners chances to win. Next time we see him will be when he signs a one day contract and retires as a 49er.