Irregardless of the Twitter bombs of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, the 49ers as a team seem very excited to play their ex-teammates now in Miami. This includes Mostert, Wilson, WR Trent Sherfield, and of course their head coach Mike McDaniel. Our ex-OC has Miami at the top of the AFC East, tied with Buffalo but they have a win against them in their pocket.
Beyond that fun, this is a matchup of the #1 defense against the #3 offense. Miami has a big-armed QB in Tua Tagovailoa, super speed at wideout in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and a solid run game with Mostert, Gaskin, and now Wilson. They don’t run a lot, but their yards per carry between Mostert and Wilson is a solid 4.8 yards per carry.
Miami’s defense on the other hand is solidly in the bottom third of the pack. 19th in points given up, 17th in yards, 22nd in passing yards allowed, and 10th in run yards allowed, 0 in turnover +/- , and 18th in sacks.
What does this mean? Well, this looks like a shootout. If the defense can get sustained pressure on Tua, and we can keep him somewhat contained in the pocket, then it bodes well for the Niners. But this is gonna be a challenging game. But this game, like the KC game earlier, will not be won kicking field goals. The 49ers need to figure out how to score touchdowns in the red zone. Yeah, the Saints have a strong defense, but still and all, like the Charger game, 2 TDs in 5 trips to the red zone isn’t gonna cut it.
All that being said, this game isn’t any kind of must-win type game. The important games on the schedule are the Seattle and AZ games. We aren’t gonna run the table, and Seattle certainly isn’t as well, so if we can take care of our remaining division games and the couple conference games, we should take the West.
We will worry about these guys in the Super Bowl.