We were in for a pleasant surprise on a short week of football. So much for a defensive battle between NFC West rivals. I know it doesn’t necessarily feel like arivalry because San Francisco doesn’t have a franchise quarterback, but how about that 41-39 exciting game to the finish? The Niners scored late and recovered an onside kick. I think that offensive pass interference call against Frisco was bogus, which eventually led to a 4th and 20 situation that Aaron Donald took care of. His sack finished Hoyer off.
Coach Kyle Shanahan propelled the Niners to compete in prime time, channeling a 300-yard game from Brian Hoyer, 142 of them to Pierre Garcon. I’ve been a big fan of Shanahan for quite some time, so I’m going to enjoy watching he and his team rebuild. By the way, Carlos Hyde, this is a big season for him to prove himself in the final year of his deal under a new regime. Coming into this game he ranked in the top-5 for rushing yards and the guy shed a hip scare in the first half. He touched the ball 28 times for 94 total yards and a pair of TDs.
When all was said and done, the Rams went on the road and held on for the 41-39 victory. A team known for their defense, this sort of thing happens every now and then when you play a divisional opponent, so I wouldn’t hop off of Wade Phillips’ bandwagon just yet.
That offense though, all Todd Gurley needed were some offensively capable people around him. Gurley rushed for over 100 and scored 3 touchdowns as the star of the show. He’s the first player since 2011 to score 6 TDs in the first 3 weeks, and it was his first game over the century mark since week 14 of the 2015 season.
Jared Goff tossed 3 TDs, one to Gurley and a deuce to Sammy Watkins. Watkins, along with Robert Woods, each torched the 49ers to record over a hundred yards. A very promising start for a hopeful Rams offense. Through 3 weeks of play, the team is 2-1 after scoring 46, 20, and 41 points. Say what?!
Not to completely pump the brakes, but aside from their week 12 matchup against the Saints, the defenses on their slate pretty stout. They end the season against the Titans and this same 49ers team, but everything in between will be a good challenge for young and promising team. On the optimistic side of the equation, Gurley and the Rams defense will keep them competitive all seaosn long. It’ll be on Goff and the receivers to continue their progression to pull off some more W’s. At this point, Goff is completing 70% of his passes, averaging 272 yards, 10 yards per attempt, with 5 TDs to only 1 interception. Not too shabby.