49ers Start 2019 Season in Style
Last season 49ers Week 1 went into Minnesota and lost to the Vikings. Last season the 49ers did not win a single game on the road. Last season the 49ers had two, count them, one, two interceptions on defense. Last season the 49ers only had seven total turnovers. Guess what, that was last season.
The 49ers traveled all the way to the east coast, with outside temperatures rivaling hell itself and beat the Tampa Bay Bucs. They did not win on the back of Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense but on the defense.
The 49ers defense had three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns by Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon. They almost had two more that could have been pick-sixes by linebacker Kwon Alexander and Tarvarius Moore. A fumble recovery that stopped the Bucs deep in the 49ers red zone and a fourth-down stop on the two yard-line. Four total turnovers for a team that only had seven last season.
It wasn’t a perfect game by any means. In fact, the 49ers trailed the Bucs at half 7-6 and there was a lot of slop on the field including way too many penalties.
#49ers First Half Thoughts
1) Red Zone woes continue
2) Way too many penalties, TDs called back
3) Defense looks better, still lack a pass rush
4) Too many turnovers, including INT from Garoppolo
5) Running game has been nonexistent
6) Pettis is definitely in doghouse
— Matt Woolsey🏈 (@AresgodFF) September 8, 2019
The 49ers had two touchdowns on offense called by penalties. Both touchdowns went to Kittle, my fantasy team could have used those points. Kwon Alexander was ejected from the game after a helmet to helmet hit on his former teammate Jameis Winston. He was too excited for this game and it cost him. But ultimately the 49ers win is better than my fantasy team. Would still like to have both.
Nick Bosa and Dee Ford looked good in their 49ers debut. Bosa has a few things to clean up but he didn’t play in the preseason at all and was held out of most of camp with an ankle injury. Sherman plays a very aggressive style of defense but sometimes it gets him into trouble. A couple of the 49ers 102 penalties were from him.
Things to keep an eye on entering the Week 2 matchup against the Bengals. Tevin Coleman left with an ankle injury, not sure how severe that injury is yet. And the 49ers went for two on Witherspoon’s pick-six because Robbie Gould had a thigh injury on the previous field goal. Again, it was as hot as hell itself so maybe Gould’s injury was just a cramp.
Was this the 49ers finally turning the page or are the Bucs just that bad? Today let’s call it the 49ers are turning the corner and reevaluate next week when they play the Bengals.
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