• By Matthew Mani
    Sep 26, 2019 at 3:09 PM 3 comments
    The 49ers are 3-0 for the first time since 1998. That is a statement that few, if any, expected would be written as the team heads into the bye week. Social media is inundated with people offering their respective opinions - on the team, on the players, on whether moves should be made, whether the Niners are legit or just got lucky by beating three bad teams, on literally every aspect of the team - which is incredible as well. This team has its fans galvanized, excited, looking forward to the rest of the season to see if this might be the year that the team returns to the playoffs, filled with something that has long eluded them - hope. Members of The Faithful have hope for the first time since the Harbaugh era, hope that the team will be relevant, that it will return to a...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Sep 24, 2019 at 10:03 AM 27 comments
    I'll admit the first half of the 49er victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was painful to watch and very confusing. While the defense dominated the Steelers' offense, the offense looked like it had overslept. In fact, the new long snapper had enough and retired after the game. It was obvious that the 49ers were struck by nervousness. Here they were with an opportunity to move into a lofty first-place tie at 3-0, but the entire offense looked like a deer in the headlights. Dante Pettis and Matt Breida dropped passes that resulted in interceptions; Jimmy G fumbled a snap which may or may not have been caused by poor timing on the snap; Raheem Mostert took his eyes off the ball on a pitchout, but miraculously recovered it away from two Steelers while losing 18 yards on the play....
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Sep 22, 2019 at 8:08 PM 8 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers held on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20 in the home opener at Levi's Stadium. It also marks the first time since 1998 that the Niners have gotten off to a 3-0 start. Here are some rapid reactions to a very difficult and sometimes very ugly game. 1) Turnovers and Self-Inflicted Wounds The 49ers looked very good on offense the entire game...except when they turned the ball over. San Francisco made things harder than they had to be with bad bounces, errant throws, bad snaps, and not hanging onto the ball, but in the end, it overcame them. That said, the 49ers cannot afford to have that amount of sloppiness going forward. Hopefully, they got it out of their system. 2) Jimmy Garoppolo is a...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Sep 22, 2019 at 7:21 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers somehow managed to keep the Pittsburgh Steelers winless through three weeks in 2019, winning the Levi's Stadium home opener 24-20 despite turning the ball over five times. And here are some notable takeaways for the Niners. In all honesty, the San Francisco 49ers should have lost their Week 3 bout against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Teams committing five turnovers typically don't win games, even against the worst of competition. But somehow, the Niners managed to upend the Steelers 24-20 on Sunday at Levi's Stadium. This, after San Francisco turned the ball over those five times, including four in the first half. Despite those turnovers in quarters one and two, the 49ers defense still managed to hold its own, keeping the game in range with...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Sep 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers host the winless Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3, and the Niners will look to win these three crucial matchups to start 2019 with a 3-0 record. Week 3 was supposed to be the game in which the San Francisco 49ers would be seriously tested by the Pittsburgh Steelers, perhaps endangering what ended up being an excellent 2-0 start for head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. Instead, the winless Steelers find themselves fielding a relatively untested quarterback, Mason Rudolph, who is making his first NFL start after Pittsburgh lost Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. On top of that, the Steelers have found themselves towards the bottom in nearly every offensive and defensive category, losing ugly to the New England Patriots...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Sep 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are 2-0 and now it's time for the home opener! The 49ers will host the 0-2 Pittsburgh Steelers and have a chance to go 3-0 for the first time since 1998. Coach Kyle Shanahan stated this week that it was very important to head into the Week 4 bye week with a 3-0 record. Here are the keys to achieving a win on Sunday: Where and When: 1:25 PM PST (4:25 p.m. EST) at Levi's Stadium Where to Watch: How to watch or listen to Steelers at 49ers 1) Keep Jimmy Garoppolo Upright It's no secret. Everyone is concerned over the loss of Left Tackle Joe Staley, who sustained a broken fibula against the Bengals that will sideline him for six to...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Sep 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers left the Buckeye State with a top-three offense and top-ten defense, feeling ready to take on the cream of the National Football League. Nearly everything was perfect until veteran tackle Joe Staley broke his fibula late in the Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It's estimated he'll miss up to eight weeks of football. As noted in previous commentaries, my desire for the 49ers is a top-tier offensive line with three men in reserve with the talent to fill-in for a starter if necessary. The world does not often fulfill such a concrete...
  • By Winston Chung
    Sep 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM 1 comment
    A week after securing a win in Tampa Bay, the San Francisco 49ers went to Cincinnati and crushed the Bengals to the tune of 41-17 in a contest where the outcome was really never in doubt by halftime. What are the chances the Niners move to 3-0 in their home opener while sending the Pittsburgh Steelers to 0-3? Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Sunday September 22nd, 2019 at 1:25pm PT (CBS) Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Line: 49ers -6.5, o/u 43 Pittsburgh Steelers The mighty Steelers have had an inauspicious 0-2 start to the season, getting embarrassed in New England, losing their franchise quarterback for the season and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2019 at 4:28 PM 4 comments
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked on Monday about the team's philosophy on improving the roster. The question was specific to the left tackle position and dealing with the loss of veteran Joe Staley (leg) for six to eight weeks and if the team would be aggressive in pursuing a temporary replacement. Here is how Shanahan responded: "Yeah, always. We would love to if there were options. You look at anything that's possible. I don't think there's a ton of great options out there that are possible." While some took this to mean that the 49ers might aggressively pursue a replacement starting left tackle and ensure that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stays upright and injury-free, I interpreted it differently. I saw it...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Sep 17, 2019 at 6:50 AM 1 comment
    Last week I asked the question if it was finally time for Raheem Mostert to breakout and demonstrate his greatness. In the online poll, we had 489 responses to the question, "Will Raheem Mostert become the next great 49er RB"? Sixty-nine percent said "YES," so I'm happy to see there are plenty of astute Niner fans who recognize extraordinary talent when they see it. In Mostert's case, I think it's because 49er fans are used to seeing him for the past few years in the usual role afforded undrafted running backs — a life on special teams with little chance of starting. Now all of a sudden, they are saying, "Who is this guy?"? I don't think anyone expected to see this development so quickly. Mostert is a prime example of a player with...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Sep 15, 2019 at 4:14 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers rolled in Cincinnati as they defeated the Bengals by a score of 41-17. Here are some rapid reactions to the second win of the season: 1) The offense is good. Really good. From start to finish, Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense took it to the Cincinnati Bengals. Garoppolo had protection, big plays were had in the air and oh, the running game had a bit of an impact. Matt Breida ran 12 times for 121 yards, Raheem Mostert carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards, and Jeff Wilson rushed for two scores. There were so many "chunk plays" of ten yards or more as well as big plays from Deebo Samuel, Marquise Goodwin, and George Kittle. Garoppolo finished 17 for 25 for 297 yards, three touchdowns and one...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Sep 15, 2019 at 3:39 PM 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers won a lopsided victory in Week 2, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals on the road 41-17. With both sides of the ball playing well, position grades should be fairly fun this week. One-sided San Francisco 49ers wins sure feel good, don't they? This, after the Niners obliterated the Cincinnati Bengals 41-17 in Week 2 at Paul Brown Stadium, which saw nearly every Bengals fan file out of the park in the third quarter when head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad already secured the team's second win of the season. Shanahan's offense engineered an astounding 572 yards of total offense. And while the Bengals allowed more yards than any other team in the NFL last season, putting up nearly 600 yards of offense is impressive regardless...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Sep 15, 2019 at 8:01 AM 0 comments
    It's Week 2 of the NFL season, and the San Francisco 49ers are in Cincinnati this week to take on the Bengals. The Niners are 1-0 after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Bengals fell to 0-1 in a hard-fought game against the Seattle Seahawks. Where and When: 1:00 PM EST (10:00 a.m. PST) at Paul Brown Stadium Where to Watch: How to watch or listen to 49ers at Bengals 1) Get in Andy Dalton's Face Just like last week, priority number one is going to be to pressure quarterback Andy Dalton early and often. Dalton was able to throw for over 400 yards last week, and it will be up to the pass rush to ensure he doesn't get off to the same...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Sep 15, 2019 at 7:52 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers visit the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, and the Niners have a chance to start the season 2-0 by pulling off a road win. If so, these five matchups will be crucial for head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. The San Francisco 49ers haven't started a season with a 2-0 record since 2012. That year, of course, the Niners made it all the way to the Super Bowl under then-head coach Jim Harbaugh. After dispatching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-17 in Week 1, the 49ers now have a chance to go up 2-0 on the young 2019 season as they take on the 0-1 Cincinnati Bengals on the road in Week 2. The Bengals are coming off a tough 21-20 road loss against the Seattle Seahawks, dominating nearly every statistical category in that game aside from the one that...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Sep 15, 2019 at 7:27 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers head into today's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at 1-0, after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-17 in Week 1. Here are some quick thoughts heading into the game: Jimmy Garoppolo- National media pundits are saying that Jimmy G is on a short leash and could be replaced early in the season. He just played in his first regular season game coming off a torn ACL, and led the 49ers to a victory on the road. The 49ers already invested nearly $60 million in the starting quarterback, and it's doubtful that the team will not give Garoppolo every opportunity to prove that he is the 49ers' future at the position. 49ers' defense- This unit clearly has more confidence and swag than the previous two years, but will that hold up? The pass rush has...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Sep 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM 1 comment
    The world does not need another negative review of the San Francisco 49ers' Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All week I watched the vultures swooping down from a dead, crooked branch to rip every last scrap from the carcass to feed click-bait articles and artificial television commentary. Indeed, everyone wants to see a team play a perfect football game and blow out the hated opponent. But success like that can be a false leader. Failure, flaw, and struggle can build character and wisdom in younger teams. The 49ers had moments last week they can take into tomorrow's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. I've pulled three instances that head coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh can continue and build upon in Week...
  • By Don Atkinson
    Sep 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM 5 comments
    With the first Sunday of the NFL season barely in the books, the molten lava of dissatisfaction and fretting over the strength of Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers' quarterback of the present and future has started once again to bubble to the surface. Garoppolo, it seems, has never been quite free of the doubters after his honeymoon of five inspired wins to finish off the 2017 season came to a halt on the field at Arrowhead stadium in the third game of 2018. Garoppolo's season-ending injury in that game gave detractors fodder to chew on for the next fourteen months, and some less than brilliant practices before this 2019 regular season began provided all the spice the naysayers needed to keep the negative chatter going. But while many are ready to disembark from the...
  • By Winston Chung
    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:02 AM 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers invested in their defense this off-season and it paid dividends with a road-win in the eastern time zone on opening day. Can the Niners keep it going in another road game, this time with a 10:00 am PST start against an irritated Cincinnati Bengals team that returns home after losing by a single point despite leading for three quarters at CenturyLink Field? Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Sunday September 15th, 2019 10:00 am PST (FOX) Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio Line: 49ers +1.5, o/u 45 Cincinnati Bengals New Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was an unknown coming into this season, spending last season as...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:00 AM 3 comments
    I have been a fan of RAHEEM MOSTERT'S for a long time. Few would listen, and I was told a dozen times that "he's nothing but another undrafted free agent RB, and not good enough for the varsity." I was asked what I saw in him. So, I decided to investigate and find out why my immediate gut-felt support was so strong for THIS guy. I thought the answer was simple. A major reason, of course, is his blazing speed (4.28), he was called "the fastest player in the NCAA" by NFL.com the same year as Tyreek Hill. But, that wasn't it. There was something else. Why was THIS guy so special? Every game, he seems to get stronger as the game progresses. You definitely want him in there in the 4th quarter. Then I realized that his special toughness is what sets him aside. He won't quit. Not by...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Sep 8, 2019 at 6:29 PM 10 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers pulled off something of an ugly 31-17 win on the road over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While it wasn't clean, the Niners start the season 1-0 and deserve some positive grades here and there, especially on defense. A year ago, the San Francisco 49ers would have lost the kind of game they ended up winning in Week 1 to start the 2019 season: a 31-17 road victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For starters, this marked the first East Coast road game the Niners have won since 2014, and head coach Kyle Shanahan failed to win a road game at all in 2018. There's much more to it all, of course, but San Francisco has to get a lot of credit for engineering a strong defensive effort against what could end up being a decent Buccaneers...
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