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Offense Struggles to Get Anything Going
Week 4 of the NFL season is in the books. Is it the start the Super Bowl Runner-up expected? Most likely not. The San Francisco 49ers took on the Philadelphia Eagles at home on Sunday night in the primetime matchup. Both teams had a lot of question marks coming into this game. Could the 49ers make it through another week with all the injuries they’ve suffered?
Than answer this week is unfortunately no. Without starters like Jimmy Garoppolo, Tevin Coleman, and Raheem Mostert on the offensive side of the ball, the 49ers struggled to get much going. The return of Deebo Samuel and George Kittle were the lone highlights. Kittle caught all 15 of his targets for a huge night! He ended with 183 yards and a touchdown on the night. Deebo was also involved, catching 3 passes for 35 yards and carrying the ball once for 10 yards. Those aren’t numbers to be impressed by, however this was his first game of the season. The fact that he was used both in the receiving and running game is encouraging for the 24 year-old. He should have a bigger roll as the season progresses and other starters make their way back to the lineup.
CJ Beathard took over for Nick Mullens in the 4th quarter and went 14 for 19 with 138 yards. He came in and looked confident and smooth, delivering strikes to the receivers. After a few weeks away, there shouldn’t be any question who the starter is when Jimmy G is healthy. There were some rumblings after the last performance from Mullens that there could be a quarterback competition in San Fran. This game proves that Garoppolo is still locked in as the starter.
Defense Hold Philly Under 300 Yards Total Offense
On the other side of the ball, the defense didn’t necessarily struggle, but the Eagles still managed to score 25 points. Injuries have been an issue for Philly. At one point last week, they had only one healthy receiver practicing on their whole 53 man roster. Carson Wentz hasn’t looked great this year, but he was able to will the Eagles to the W.
Kwon Alexander was a stud this week. He looked like he returned to 2019 form where he dominated week to week. His play helped the defense hold the Eagles to 97 yards rushing and 174 through the air. This defense is without some of their studs so it’s up to the vets like Alexander to lead the young guys that are stepping in.
The Niners are looking to rebound with another home matchup against the Miami Dolphins who are coming off a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. As we stand right now, San Fran should return Garoppolo and Mostert this week as they both practiced in limited rolls on Wednesday. This is a precautionary move, testing the overall health of both players. The Miami defense is a little banged up and is currently ranked 27th in the NFL in yards against according to Football Outsiders.
This should be the perfect time for the 49ers to turn around the 2-2 start on the season. We are only a quarter of the way through the year and things are changing week to week. At this point, no team is out of the hunt to make a run in the playoffs. Head coach Kyle Shanahan will have this team prepared for the Week 5 matchup. Look for San Fran to dominate this game.
Stats & Notes from Week 4/5
- George Kittle catches 15 passes for 183 yards and a TD
- Nick Mullens struggles after a strong week in New York
- Kwon Alexander and defense holds Philly under 300 yards
- SF looks to return Jimmy G and Mostert this week against Miami
- Miami ranks 19th against the run according to Football Outsiders