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49ers Suffer Tough Loss to Seattle

Imagine you are an NFL head coach and your starting quarterback goes down with an injury. Is your team prepared to run the offense with the backup? Well how about losing your starting quarterback, three running backs, a wide receiver, a tight end, two defensive linemen, a defensive back, and a line backer. Is your team still prepared to put up a fight against your opponent? This is currently what the San Francisco 49ers are dealing with after losing to the Seattle Seahawks 37-27 on Sunday.

Seattle came out firing on offense and the 49ers had no answer for the Russell Wilson-DK Metcalf connection. DK caught 12 balls for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns and Wilson finished with 261 yards with 4 touchdowns on the day. San Francisco was playing catchup for most of the afternoon. Losing the game was tough, but injuries to some big names are the headline for this game.

Monday Morning Blues

Monday morning brought the bad news that most people knew was coming. Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game with an obvious limp in the third quarter following a sack. He had been dealing with an ankle injury since Week 2 that cost him a few games, but has had lingering effects since returning. The team announced that Garoppolo will miss 6-8 weeks with another ankle injury. This will allow him a full recovery and the possibility of returning Week 14 against Washington.

Another huge blow to the offense was losing tight end superstar George Kittle early in the fourth quarter. Kittle caught a 25-yard pass in between two defenders before limping off after being tackled. Initial X-ray reports didn’t show that Kittle suffered any fractures in his foot, but Monday morning’s report said there actually is a small fracture. He is projected to miss 8 weeks with this injury. Both Kittle and Garoppolo are expected to have their names added to the already very lengthy IR.

Week 8 brought the return of running back Tevin Coleman who has missed the last 5 weeks due to a knee injury. With Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr on the IR, this was Coleman’s chance to shine and take over this backfield that includes JaMycal Hasty and Jerik McKinnon. Coleman left this game early with what appeared to be an injury to the same knee that has given him problems this year.

What’s Next for San Francisco?

With the third hardest schedule moving forward, the 49ers need the backups to step in and perform. Due to injuries suffered throughout the season, backups like Nick Mullens and Jordan Reed have already seen game action. These are just a couple names to keep your eye out for. The 49ers have a tough road ahead of themselves sitting at 4-4 and last place in the NFC West. They are not out of playoff contention due to the increased number of teams that make the playoffs this year, however the NFC West boasts some of the best teams in the NFL. It is definitely an uphill battle looking forward.

Looking Ahead

The 49ers are on a short week this week as they take on the Green Bay Packers at home on Thursday night. It is going to be interesting to see who is healthy for this team. Green Bay is coming off a loss to the Minnesota Vikings who ran the ball extremely well against the Packer defense. Look for San Francisco to mimic this idea and support a run heavy approach.

Stats & Notes for Week 8

  • 49ers lose Kittle and Garoppolo for multiple weeks
  • Coleman goes down with injury in first week back
  • San Fran falls to 4-4 and last place in NFC West
  • 49ers take on Green Bay in Thursday Night Showdown

 

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