The 49ers were outplayed and outcoached in Seattle Sunday afternoon. But that didn’t stop them from racking up more injuries, which has become the lone consistency the team has displayed this year.
Facing the worst defense in the league, the Niners managed a mere seven points through three quarters. Get outta here. Two turnovers and Emmanuel Moseley‘s inability to cover DK Metcalf turned the game from a back-and-forth to a blowout.
Nick Mullens replaced an injured and ineffective Jimmy Garoppolo to start the fourth quarter and proceeded to treat the Seattle defense the way the rest of the league has – with disdain. Mullens put up three consecutive TD drives in the quarter to make the final score somewhat respectable.
Halfway through the season, the Niners are 4-4 and dead last in the NFC West. The brief resurgence displayed while easily beating the Rams and Patriots now seems like a mirage, because neither of those two teams are proving to be contenders. The Niners can still, technically, make a run for a wild card spot in the playoffs, but each week that seems to be a fading hope.
With Garoppolo apparently regressing and injured yet again, and Mullens performing well in relief, it looks like we’ll be having a bona fide QB controversy developing. That happened briefly early in the season, but Mullens then laid an egg against the Eagles. He’ll no doubt get the start Thursday night against Green Bay, a team that still can’t stop the run.
That might give us an edge if we had any RBs healthy enough to play. Jerick McKinnon has finally been healthy this year, but he has made almost zero impact. That leaves only JaMycal Hasty to carry the ball. He’s shown flashes, but did nothing against Seattle. George Kittle probably won’t play, either, and his blocking is vital to the running game.
What a brutal year.