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  • By Jordan Elliott
    Dec 1, 2020 at 3:07 PM 0 comments
    In a year that the entire world has been flipped upside down, the San Francisco 49ers are certainly no strangers to uncertainty as they navigate through an unprecedented NFL season being played amidst a global pandemic. As the 49ers flew to Los Angeles to take on the Rams, they were notified they would not be allowed to play or practice at their Santa Clara facilities for the foreseeable future due to a Santa Clara County mandate. This threw yet another wrench into a season that has already seen the 49ers pace the league by a wide margin with injured reserve designations as they've lost 187 games to the injury/COVID lists to this point. Yet, as the obstacles the 49ers face...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Nov 11, 2020 at 5:29 PM 0 comments
    Unprecedented is an understatement when describing the first half of the 2020 NFL season, and that rings especially true for the San Francisco 49ers as they find themselves in an unparalleled situation in regards to the decimation of a roster that entered the year with Super Bowl aspirations. According to Spotrac, the 49ers currently have $79.43 million worth of player salaries on injured reserve, accounting for 38.43% of their 2020 salary cap, by far the most in the league with the next closest being the Dallas Cowboys at 23.62%. Factoring in the rate at which the injuries are piling up, combined with the ever increasing difficulty of competing in the toughest division in football, and it makes the 49ers'...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Nov 5, 2020 at 12:35 PM 5 comments
    Championship windows come and go quicker in the NFL than in any other major professional sports league and it's becoming increasingly evident one the San Francisco 49ers appeared to be in has closed right before our very eyes. In a season the players dubbed "the legendary revenge tour," the 49ers have found themselves ravaged by the injury bug at an inconceivable rate in a season during which the team currently has 40% of its salary cap being absorbed by players who are on injured reserve. The staggering number of injuries certainly has played a vital role in the major regression the team has seen this season, which is incredibly disappointing given how much the 49ers invested in...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 31, 2020 at 3:21 PM 0 comments
    This is the game that we have all had circled since the schedule was released, as the 49ers head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks for the first time since their Week 17 thriller to close out the 2019 season. The Seahawks sit at 5-1, holding onto the top spot in a loaded NFC West, a division that does not have a team with a losing record. The first-place Seahawks have been propelled by MVP-caliber play from their star quarterback Russell Wilson, who is currently leading the league in touchdown passes as well as passer rating. Wilson is leading an offense that is pacing the league in points and yards per game, which is a noticeable change from the Seahawk teams of the past that were known for playing elite defense and establishing the run on offense. Just two years ago, the...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 27, 2020 at 11:02 AM 1 comment
    On Monday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced that wide receiver Deebo Samuel will likely miss the next two games while he recovers from a hamstring injury that occurred in the 4th quarter of the 49ers victory over the New England Patriots. The loss of Samuel is a devastating blow to a 49er offense that looked like it was beginning to fire on all cylinders after impressive performances in back to back weeks. Finding a way to fill the void left behind by Samuel is imperative as the 49ers face the already daunting task of taking on the Seahawks and Packers in back to back weeks, as both teams sit at 5-1 and at the tops of their respective divisions. Samuel has such a unique skill set that it will be hard for any one player on his own to replicate what Samuel brings to the table, which...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 26, 2020 at 12:53 PM 0 comments
    There are no two ways about it, the San Francisco 49ers' performance against the New England Patriots was about as well-rounded a win as you'll see in the National Football League. The 49ers gave the Patriots their worst home defeat of the Bill Belichick era, and did so by absolutely dominating on both sides of the ball. The 49ers came out firing from the opening kickoff, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, which happened to be the first opening drive touchdown surrendered by the Patriots in their last 32 home games. The 49ers were able to generate nearly double the offensive yards the Patriots had, a testament to how locked in the 49ers were in all facets of the game. The offense averaged 7.4 yards per play, while the defense was able to hold the Patriots offense to...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 23, 2020 at 3:38 PM 0 comments
    As the San Francisco 49ers prepare to take on the New England Patriots, I'll provide five keys for a 49ers victory, as well as a final score prediction. The 49ers have more than 25 rushing attempts The 49ers are 3-0 this year when they exceed 25 rushing attempts, and 0-3 when they have fewer than 25. The return of wide receiver Deebo Samuel has given the offense an enormous boost in the run game, as he has been fantastic running jet sweeps and reverses and as a result has opened up running lanes for teammates as defenses have been forced to account for his pre-snap motioning. If they are able to eclipse the 25 rushing attempt threshold, it means they likely did not find themselves...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 19, 2020 at 5:54 PM 0 comments
    In what was the closest thing to a must win game as you can have this early in the season, the San Francisco 49ers reminded everyone why it's not time to write them off yet. On a primetime stage, the 49ers delivered a performance that sent a powerful message to the rest of the league, that message being this team is still very good and should be feared. The Los Angeles Rams came into this Week 6 matchup playing some of the best football in the league through the first 5 weeks, and the 49ers made them look like a middling team at best. The game plan devised by head coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff was nothing short of brilliant, and the execution by the players was absolutely phenomenal. The 49ers offense came out firing on all cylinders from the jump, putting together a...
  • By Jordan Elliott
    Oct 15, 2020 at 2:14 PM 0 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 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 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...
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