Giants (1-7) vs 49ers (0-9)
week San Francisco lost to Arizona, 20-10 and dropped to an 0-9 record. Things
got heated in the final minutes and three players were ejected from the game.
Giants took a real beating last Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Rams forced three
turnovers in the first half, all leading to points scored, and they went on to
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Jim Harbaugh coached the
San Francisco 49ers from 2011–2014. Harbaugh got the team to the playoffs for
the first time since the 2002 NFL season, and faced the Giants in the NFC Championship
Game. San Francisco lost by three points or they would have been the team playing
the Patriots in the Super Bowl, a game that the Giants won. In his second year
as a head coach, Harbaugh did get his team into the Super Bowl, but they lost
to the Baltimore Ravens by three points.
The following year they were in the
playoffs again until they lost to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game by
six points. Harbaugh, as a first time NFL head coach, had a 36-11 record and 5
playoff wins in three years. Management and Harbaugh were at odds, and when the
49ers next finished with an 8-8 record, Harbaugh
Jim Tomsula was promoted up from the ranks to do the job. After
his first season produced a 5-11 record, Tomsula was replaced by Chip Kelly, and
his 2-14 season brings us now to Kyle Shanahan. His current 0-9 record might have
them having reservations, but Shanahan may
be a little smarter than those recent one year head coaches. Shanahan signed a
six year contract, and had a hand in picking the general manager for the team.
Francisco 49ers Offense
Brian Hoyer was the starting quarterback in the first six games, and he was released
when San Francisco acquired backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in their trade
with New England. Kyle Shanahan will likely choose to stick with C.J. Beathard,
making his fourth straight start despite being sacked 14 times and hit another
38 times over the last three games. Last week Beathard was under constant pressure
and sacked five times playing behind an offensive line without left tackle Joe
Staley. The pass blocking wasn't helped by tight end George Kittle sustaining
an injury early on.
Running back Carlos Hyde had just 41 rushing yards, but
as a receiver he caught 9 of 11 passes for 84 yards. Hyde was Beathard's favorite
target in the game. Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson were
targeted equally, but caught only 4 of 16 passes thrown their way. After an unnecessary
roughness call on a quarterback hit, Hyde was ejected, as well as two Cardinals
players after a scuffle ensued in the fourth quarter. Beathard ran for the 49ers
only touchdown in this game, but with his low completion ratio of just 50.9 percent,
they may be tempted to play Garoppolo at some point.
Francisco 49ers Defense
are last in the NFL in run defense, allowing an average of 135.7 yards a game.
That's actually an improvement over last year where they were also last, but allowed
165.9 yards a game. Just last week Adrian Peterson carried the ball against them
a career-high 37 times for 159 yards. The Giants certainly will be testing them
on the ground.
The 49ers have yet to have their bye week and the injuries
have been piling up. In the last two weeks they have had to place two starting
safeties, Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt, on injured reserve. To their credit
they still held the Eagles offense to just 304 total yards two weeks ago, and
gave up only 20 points to the Cardinals last week while being on the field for
an extended amount of time.
Eli Manning did not play his best
last week, and they say his average time to throw was only 2.18 seconds. That
was the shortest average time of any of the other quarterbacks that day. They
look to have right tackle Justin Pugh back and that would be a big help. The running
game, with Orleans Darkwa averaging 5.1 yards per carry this season, is promising,
but you can't win a game with running the ball when you fall too far behind on
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has been calling the plays,
but last week feeding the ball to Wayne Gallman four straight times led to a big
mistake as the Rams caught on to tackling him, and caused Gallman to fumble on
his last attempt. Sterling Shepard, coming
back from an ankle injury, led the team last week with five receptions for 70
yards. Tight end Evan Engram also had 70 yards on four catches with one touchdown.
Manning targeted them on more than half his passes, and you can expect more of
that this week.
They won't be playing with one arm tied
behind their back, as cornerback Janoris Jenkins is off suspension. That's a big
plus considering that they allowed six plays of 35 yards or more last week without
him. With the secondary stronger there may be more opportunities for the Giants
to take advantage of the 49ers up front. The 49ers have given up the most sacks
in the NFL, and the Giants have been lacking in that area.
Defensive end Olivier Vernon looks to be returning after missing four games, but
linebackers B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard and Keenan Robinson are out. They have
re-signed Kelvin Sheppard, who was last season's
starting middle linebacker. The 49ers gave up on their running game last week
with running back Carlos Hyde having only 19 carries while quarterback CJ Beathard
attempted 51 passes. You would expect they'd switch that up this week considering
how they faired with that.
no dignity in losing a game to a team with a very poor win-loss record. Both teams
playing in this game will have that same thought on their minds. San Francisco
has come close at times, but they are still searching for their first win of the
season with their new coaching staff.
The Giants are looking to turn things
around, and hope to show some semblance of the team that won 11 games just last
season. Considering the 49ers have yet to catch a bye week break, and have managed
to score just 30 points, 10 in each of their last three games, you have to favor
the Giants to win this one.
Sunday at 1:00pm Vikings (6-2)
at Redskins (4-4)
Sunday at 4:25pm Cowboys (5-3) at Falcons (4-4)
at 4:25pm Giants (1-7) at 49ers (0-9)
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favored to win in these games.
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