I think we have one intrepid blogger, 12th man, going to the home opener, so I’d love to get some in-game reactions from where the action is. And this game should be one of the easier ones. Detroit spent a shit-ton to improve their run game by getting LeGarrette Blount, drafting left guard Frank Rag in the 1st round, and RB Kenyon Johnson in the 2nd round. That addition of talent netted them 33 yards in total rushing.
Without their perennially missing run game, the Jets picked off Matt Stafford 5 times. I think we can stuff their run as good as anyone. It remains to be seen if we can stop their passing game. Kirk Cousins wasn’t spectacular, but he did hit a lot of dinking and dunking to move the chains. However, Cousins was 0-6 ion 3rd downs in the 4th quarter, and the D kept the game within reach despite the pick 6 from Jimmy G. The pass rush was fair to good, but most of the passes were short and therefore not too easy to get at. Minus Tartt’s no-cigar moment on a near pick 6 of his own.
That being said, the offense is what lost the Minn game. 2 end zone picks, a dropped 60 yard bomb, a fumble on the 1, and the pick 6 that came after the dropped bomb means that 2 of the picks wouldn’t have happened had balls not been dropped. 14 point swing on those 2 plays, 14 points on the end zone drops, and the fumble means we left 35 points out there. minus the 3 FGs.
Sure the game would have been played differently had we scored all those points, but the point is, the 49ers are struggling to score in the red zone, Jimmy G did much better than the previous collective clown show at QB last year, but this team needs to show that last week was an aberration, not the norm.