Except for the obvious (did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?) the 49ers came out of their home opener with a fairly solid win. Yeah, it’s Jimmy time again. Yeah, we won pretty handily. Yeah, it should have been much more gleeful as it was Seattle, our nemesis for oh, the entire Pete Carroll/Russell Wilson tenure.
But (there’s always a big but) scheduling vagaries being what they are, we get to face RW in Denver on Sunday Night Football. Interesting only in that fact. Denver looks for all intents and purposes to be the doormat of the AFC West. They BARELY squeezed out a turd of a victory against the hapless Russ’s old team when Seattle fumbled TWICE inside the 3, and gagged up another opportunity with false starts and other dumb mistakes to take the lead, but never did.
Frankly I was a little more worried than I am now. Wilson isn’t nearly the force he was. He isn’t hitting the long passes like he was, and he’s struggling over the middle, and isn’t very consistent. New team/new system I suppose, but this is another game that we should be able to win. Wilson did hit a lot of passes, but missed a lot as well. 14/31 for 201 with a pick and a TD. And 150 on the ground. But, Houston.
The 49ers? Well, we al know the bad news. The good news is the 49ers committed ONE penalty (a 26 yard PI) after the fuck-a-row shit-show 10 penalty effort in Chicago. The O line played well, we only gave up 1 sack, and we ran for 186 yards and threw for 184. Solid across the board.
Defensively, Tualoa Hufanga is playing off the charts spectacular. He should have gotten the game ball vs Chicago had we not gagged that one up. Bosa is getting held with regularity and is still getting pressure. The interior line is a bit weaker without DJ Jones in there, and Kinlaw is fairly inconsistent.
But RW isn’t the RW of old, so we just have to contain him in the pocket. Von Miller is von Miller, but amazingly, he didn’t record a tackle in the Houston game. They did get 3 sacks and only gave up 234 yards. But, again. Houston. Davis Mills is OK, but if we can’t outplay him we are bad.
Then agains, there’s the Shanahan factor of never wanting to get too big a lead. He never met a lead he couldn’t squander.