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  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Oct 17, 2020 at 11:14 AM 0 comments
    At 2-3, this is not where most fans and analysts thought the San Francisco 49ers would be. It has been a season filled with injuries and a lot of poor execution. With the Rams (4-1) coming to town, the 49ers are facing a must-win situation in order to salvage this season. A loss would give San Francisco an abysmal 2-4 record, three conference losses, two division losses, and would likely spell the end of the 2020 season, given the amount of difficult opponents on the horizon. A win would put the 49ers back in the race and right the ship for at least a week as more players make their ways back from injury. The injury news continues to be a mix of good and bad. Kwon Alexander was believed to be out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain and while he will...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Oct 15, 2020 at 9:14 PM 0 comments
    I thought the Super Bowl hangover was a football fable, but watching the 2020 San Francisco 49ers now has me as a true believer. And the 49ers' hangover is not the bleary-eyed, dry-mouth, dull-headache hangover. No, good friends, this is the hangover you had Thanksgiving weekend when everyone from back home was legally old enough to hit the downtown bars. You remember that night – it started innocently with a pint of Guinness, and then someone from 3rd period English bought a round of off-label vodka shots. While the drinks between 8 p.m. and closing time were a blur, the last drink of the night was a whiskey sour with a girl you've known since second grade. The series of bad decisions mixed with rail alcohol resulted in a...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 15, 2020 at 2:14 PM 3 comments
    Five weeks into the NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers find themselves digging a hole they might not be able to climb out of this season. Sitting at 2-3, and in last place in an increasingly competitive NFC West, the 49ers are on the verge of removing themselves from any kind of playoff discussion, let alone being a Super Bowl contender. Injuries have certainly played their part, but this 49er roster has been constructed with enough depth to give them a punchers chance regardless. Far more unsettling than the injuries, however, is the recent play of starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, whom the 49ers paid a handsome sum (pun intended) to be their franchise signal caller in 2018. Outside of one good half against a...
  • By Winston Chung
    Oct 15, 2020 at 8:19 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers were exposed and embarrassed on both sides of the ball in a 17-43 humiliation by the Miami Dolphins in Week 5. The Niners will be seeking their first home win of 2020 as they host division rival Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night football in Week 6. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Sunday October 18th, 2020 at 5:20 pm PST (NBC) Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Line: 49ers +3.5, o/u 51.5 Los Angeles Rams LA moved to 4-1 on the season in a routine, 30-10 win over the Washington Football Team in Week 5. After five weeks, the Rams offense is 4th in yards per game, 13th in passing yards per game,...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 14, 2020 at 8:19 AM 2 comments
    Week 5 was my best week yet. Some big underdog picks paid off (Bears, Raiders) and brought me a 10-4 record for Week 5. This coming week is a big one, as teams look to be settling in, and many games have that make or break feel. Let's get to the picks. Season Record: 46-31 49ers Picks Record: 2-3 Best & Worst Picks of Week 5 My Best Pick: Raiders 31 - Chiefs 28 Final Score: Raiders 40 - Chiefs 32 My Worst Pick: Jaguars 26 - Texans 21 Final Score: Texans 30 - Jaguars 14 Week 6 Predictions Bears @ Panthers (-2.5) - Neither team is as good as its record, but Panthers win...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 13, 2020 at 9:33 AM 8 comments
    That championship window closed fast. In January, I wrote a piece about how the 49ers were facing a must-win Super Bowl. It wasn't a popular opinion at the time, but sitting at 2-3 the 49ers have made me look like a sage with boundless wisdom. After getting demolished by Ryan Fitzpatrick this past Sunday, the 49ers look more lost than they ever have under the guidance of head coach Kyle Shanahan. With no identity and no passion, the 49ers have become the stereotypical Super Bowl hangover story. As it often does, failure begins with a handful of bad decisions. After losing 2 team captains, the 49ers replaced them with a rookie and a veteran who hasn't played since 2018. As DT DeForest Buckner...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Oct 11, 2020 at 4:39 PM 7 comments
    This was a complete embarrassment. I don't care who you are, you did not predict this. While it was possible the 49ers could lose to Miami, this was not at all what anyone would have thought. What we witnessed was totally unacceptable. 1) The offensive line is still a real problem This was supposed to be the week the line rebounded and the offense got back on track. The offensive line was terrible. There were both physical and mental mistakes the entire game. One thought for a change, which may be needed, is to slide Ben Garland to right guard when Weston Richburg returns. We'll see how it goes next week, but some changes could be coming. No matter what, this has to get fixed starting next week or there won't be any playoff games this...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Oct 10, 2020 at 11:28 AM 1 comment
    Last week's loss to Philly was a tough one to watch, but it's a new week. Jimmy Garoppolo is back. Dre Greenlaw is full-go. There appears to be a good chance Raheem Mostert and Ahkello Witherspoon are back. Deebo Samuel likely passed his final test for his non-Covid illness and should suit up Sunday. This week there are two big hurdles to overcome. The offensive line had a bad day against the Eagles and needs to rebound. The defense is thin, like really thin, at corner (Richard Sherman, Emmanuel Moseley, K'Waun Williams and Dontae Johnson are out). At 2-2 and facing the Miami Dolphins, this is a game San Francisco must win in order to get back on track. If all goes well on the...
  • By Winston Chung
    Oct 7, 2020 at 5:12 PM 0 comments
    Nick Mullens snuffed out any quarterback controversy, reminding a nation why he is a back-up with insecure, erroneous play that significantly contributed to the San Francisco 49ers 20-25 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4. The Niners are hoping to have Jimmy Garoppolo and Raheem Mostert back this week and are once again favored by a lot of points at home against a team they should beat in the Miami Dolphins. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Sunday October 11th, 2020 at 1:05 pm PST (FOX) Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Line: 49ers -8, o/u 46.5 Miami Dolphins Miami fell to 1-3 following a 23-31 loss to Seattle....
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 7, 2020 at 7:28 AM 6 comments
    The 49ers can still win Super Bowl 55. Many teams can. There has been a handful of teams throughout history that have started off slow and still won the Super Bowl. Sitting at 2-2, the Super Bowl seems like a pipe dream for the 49ers. This is a good thing; perhaps the 49ers were a little too focused on their "revenge tour" and less focused on winning the battle immediately in front of them. After suffering some major injuries early in the season, the 49ers look nothing like the team that took the stage for Super Bowl 54 in early February 2020. That team was driven by a dynamic running game and a fierce defense that got after the quarterback with its front 4. This team is struggling to run the ball, and is playing without defensive linemen Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner, Solomon...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 6, 2020 at 8:16 AM 0 comments
    During Week 4, I bounced back with a winning record, going 9-6 on the week. Let's take a look at the season results, then go on to pick the Week 5 set of games. Season Record: 36-27 49ers Picks Record: 2-2 Best & Worst Picks of Week 4 My Best Pick: Browns 33 - Cowboys 30 Final Score: Browns 49 - Cowboys 38 My Worst Pick: Lions 38 - Saints 27 Final Score: Saints 35 - Lions 29 Week 5 Predictions Buccaneers @ Bears (+5.5) - Foles upsets Brady again Bears 23 - Buccaneers 20 Panthers @ Falcons (-3.5) - Falcons stay winless in...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 5, 2020 at 1:05 PM 3 comments
    It doesn't get much worse than losing at home to a winless team on national television. The 49ers, coming in as touchdown favorites, were outclassed in just about every facet of the game on Sunday night by a depleted Eagles squad. The offensive line couldn't block, the defense couldn't contain Carson Wentz, and the magic of backup quarterback Nick Mullens seems to have quickly run its course. The 49ers looked like a team that was lost, a stark comparison to the juggernaut that just reeled off two wins in a row while outscoring its opponents 66-22 in that span, all while missing several key starters on both sides of the ball. Now the 49ers find themselves in last place in the NFC West, and we are left to wonder, where did it go wrong? The identity of the 49ers'...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Oct 5, 2020 at 8:04 AM 12 comments
    Don't blame the injuries. The 49ers fell to an Eagles team yesterday that was just as, if not more, banged up than they were. Now sitting at 2-2, the 49ers look up at the Seattle Seahawks (4-0) and the LA Rams (3-1) in the NFC West. If you want to, you could find a bundle of reasons (excuses) why the 49ers are 2-2. Injuries to cornerstone players like QB Jimmy Garoppolo and DE Nick Bosa are the most prominent ones, but throw a stone and you'll find a fan who'll blame the referees or some other mystical force that is working against the 49ers. No matter which way you slice it, the 49ers are a .500 football club. Looking at their schedule can help us understand the story a little bit better. While the 49ers have 2 dominating wins against the Giants and Jets, they have 2 close...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Oct 4, 2020 at 10:04 PM 6 comments
    Fun fact: the San Francisco 49ers have three first-round draft picks starting on their offensive line. On paper, at least, that should mean the team has enough talent to have a productive ground game and provide time for the quarterback to read a pass progression. The 49ers' offensive line should be quicker than its opponents, beating them to the punch on each play. Somehow, that's not the reality for this year's 49ers. For three weeks, the 49ers' offensive line has played just well enough to escape a heavy criticism and scornful looks. However, the truth began to emerge from the darkness last week against the New York Giants. The 49ers looked good, pounding a soulless franchise into the artificial turf, but the run game...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Oct 4, 2020 at 9:28 PM 1 comment
    1) The offensive line was just plain offensive Nick Mullens and the injuries will get most of the blame, but it was the offensive line that probably deserves the most blame for this stinker of a loss. Mike McGlinchey, Daniel Brunskill, and even Trent Williams were beaten repeatedly by a very good Eagles defensive line. The offensive line simply cannot get manhandled like that going forward. They're performances like these that cause Shanahan to use George Kittle as a blocker. It must not happen again. 2) Nick Mullens had a bad day, to put it mildly Mullens finished the day 18-26 for 200 yards and a score. While that's all fine and good, the numbers that really stick out are: 1 fumble and 2 interceptions which include an awful pick-six,...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Oct 3, 2020 at 9:20 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers survived two straight weeks of the awful conditions of MetLife Stadium and are finally back home to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. After a rash of injuries, San Francisco appears to have been somewhat written off as a team on a "Super Bowl hangover", especially after losing the opener to Arizona. Leaving New York with a 2-1 record may not be gaudy enough to rank high on a power rankings chart, but with all of the players who are missing time, the 49ers are in good shape. There are still a lot of injuries, but there is also some good news. Tight end George Kittle is back and will start. Deebo Samuel is set to return. Nickel back K'Waun Williams is questionable, but could be back in the lineup. As of Friday's...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 2, 2020 at 9:12 AM 4 comments
    In a year already filled with heartbreak, the last thing San Francisco 49ers fans wanted to see was star tight end George Kittle hobbling off the field with an injury. Unfortunately, late in the second quarter of Week 1, that nightmare scenario became a reality. The injury Kittle sustained was diagnosed as a knee sprain, which forced Kittle to miss the next two games, and as a result, the offense was noticeably stagnant at times. Despite scoring over 30 points in each contest he was out, the absence of the offense's best player loomed large. All signs point to Kittle returning to the field for the 49ers' Week 4 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, and I'll tell you why him being on the field is more important than you think. Last year, the 49ers' success was...
  • By Winston Chung
    Sep 29, 2020 at 9:27 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers' depth, Kyle Shanahan's offensive scheming and Robert Saleh's aggressive defensive plan provided the foundation for the next man up to be plugged and played without missing a beat in a never in doubt 36-9 curb-stomping of the lowly New York Giants. After handling the pathetic New York franchises, San Francisco returns home for a prime time game against the flailing Philadelphia Eagles. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Sunday October 4th, 2020 at 5:20pm PST (NBC) Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Line: 49ers -7, o/u 45 Philadelphia Eagles Even taking into account their injuries, the winless and coverless...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 29, 2020 at 8:37 AM 0 comments
    After a solid Week 2, I dropped back down to .500 in Week 3. Let's take a look at my season record, identify my best and worst picks of Week 3, and make the picks for Week 4. Season Record: 27-21 49ers Picks Record: 2-1 Best & Worst Picks Week 3 My Best Pick: Bears 23 - Falcons 20 Final Score: Bears 30 - Falcons 26 My Worst Pick: Cardinals 47 - Lions 13 Final Score: Lions 26 - Cardinals 23 Week 4 Predictions Broncos @ Jets (+2.5) - Football's best medicine: the Jets as an opponent. Broncos 24 - Jets 12 Browns @ Cowboys (-4.5) -...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Sep 28, 2020 at 8:27 AM 0 comments
    Ross Dwelley, Kerry Hyder Jr, Jason Verrett. These names are not the players anyone expected to be the stars of a big 49ers victory this season. On Sunday, they were a living testament to just how deep and talented this San Francisco 49ers roster truly is. The New York Giants are not a great football team. The 49ers put that message on display yesterday, but prior to Week 3 the Giants were competitive in their previous 2 games this season. Kyle Shanahan and his band of replacements returned to MetLife stadium this week and dealt another New York team an embarrassing blowout loss. The 49ers weren't banged up this game, they were damn near totaled. It made no difference whatsoever. This 49ers team is the product of struggles that came before the success. There is a...
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