Well, That Was Fun – .500 With a Bullet

Huh. Another well-played game that saw the 49ers easily beat the hapless Jaguars 30-10. We looked like the Jags 2 short weeks ago against the Cardinals, but here we are at .500. Kyle continued with his putting Deebo in the backfield, and for some reason, it keeps working. It’s a bit scary to me, but then again, most of his runs are to the outside, and he’s doing that kind of running on the bubble screens anyway.

Kudos again for his seemingly more better play calling. The defense has also improved since that debacle of a game against the Cards. the 49ers held the Trevor Lawrence Jags to 10 points 6 days after holding the high-powered Rams to 10 points.

The offense once again held a huge time-of-possession advantage at 39 minutes to 21 as the Niners used nearly all the 1st quarter to kick a field goal. and, once more, kudos to Shanahan for getting the points. A fail there on 4th and 1 changes the game entirely, and the axiom for 95 years, before the analytics wonks decided 4th down was OK to fuck up, was to take the points on the road early. And Shanny did.

The D stopped the Jags on their 1st possession, and the rout was on. They also forced 2 fumbles (well, one was a muffed punt) and the pass pressure was decent if not a little lax. Nick Bosa continues to be a one-man wrecking crew, but we are still not getting enough consistent pressure. Many many standout players, as the defensive backfield is getting healthier with the return of Jaquiski Tartt, and the penalties by that unit are way down. The run game with Wilson and Deebo was solid enough to keep the Jag offense off the field, and it was a relatively low stress victory.

Unfortunately for the Jags, they were riddled by injurieds during the game.

The next game all of a sudden becomes gigantic. The 49ers better get a home win streak going as they face their once and distant past quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are 5-5, and the winner gets a jump on a wild card playoff spot. Minnesota is coming off an improbable win vs the Green Bay Packers.

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12 Responses to Well, That Was Fun – .500 With a Bullet

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Craziest stat? ONE penalty for 12 yards. PI, of course, but it was a pretty ticky tack call. And it was late in the game.

  2. Winder says:

    All our final games have playoff consequences. After a few of our loses I am still really skeptical and really don’t know what to expect. Our o-line has done it’s job against some pretty good competition the last couple of weeks but how long will it last. I don’t see us having any solid strengths anywhere. Our run game has been good but it wasn’t just a little bit ago. How long will Ward be able to play before another injury. I have really loved the way we have played recently but I’m not taking anything for granted.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the Minnesota game will be the benchmark for the rest of the season. Win it and we are in a pretty good position for at least the 7th spot if not the 6th.

    The Saints are getting hobbled by injury (Jameis and Kamara) and we should be able to pass them if we keep up with the wins. No shot at the division, but we can make some hay if the Rams keep stumbling.

  4. Beer Filled Age says:

    Still living with gramma. And banging her! Win win!

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    How long will Deebo last as a running back, that is what Shanny is using him for. He will take a pounding sooo…what say all of you

    • Winder says:

      Kevin- my guess is not to long. Maybe 3/4 weeks if he’s lucky. D’s are gonna pay special attn: to him from now on. Love the way he’s played but I think Shanny has to dial him back some.

      • Irish Kevin says:

        Yeah it is one thing to take hits from 1 or 2 players but when 4 or 5 guys are landing on you whole new story

  6. unca_chuck says:

    They haven’t run him inside too much, so there’s that. The jet sweeps and bubble screens are variations of the same play. Still, I don’t want to see 8-10 carries a game. Shanny has established it, but they can use it as a bit of a decoy now.

    The other players have mad respect for Deebo. Here’s Trent Williams on being a WR on the tackle-eligible play:

    “As soon as I left the ground, I got blasted. I don’t know who hit me,” Williams said. “I felt like it was like 10 people right there. It definitely is way harder than it looks, for sure. I got a different respect for receivers now.”

    Kittle on Deebo:

    “We’re running power with Deebo,” tight end George Kittle said. “I mean, that’s one of the positions like, ‘Hey, George, do you want to run the ball?’ ‘Not really. There are a lot of big guys in there that hit really hard and they land on you and it hurts.’ The fact that Deebo does it without blinking, it’s awesome.”

  7. alleykat69 says:

    Started against the Rams which freaked them out so Shanny carried it over getting his best player Deebo more variations/looks especially since he knew going into the Jags game he had a banged up Mitchell ( out) and Wilson just getting his sea legs back.I like it some but teams will now make adjustments for it.
    I started Wilson who I picked up last minute to start for Mitchell figuring he would ball out, but only got 6.8 points as Deebo took his carries and he threw Hasty/Sermon in for some too! Hard to trust Shanny,ii believe he wants Mitchell in there cause he can break big plays running in or outside and he trust him,but a lot of teams due to much backs by committee now, and I get it with the injuries at RB.Still Mitchell if this damm finger and confidence that he will hold onto the Rock needs to be fed more..Just move Deebo all around, slot,out wide, in motion,occasionally in back field but don’t get to predictable in your sets..

  8. unca_chuck says:

    I’m just glad Shanny is coming up with new shit. He had been stale and bland for the first half of the season.

    New thread is up.

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