The San Francisco 49ers (2-3) acquired a stellar effort from their protection solely to see a clumsy offensive efficiency lead to a 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers will go into their bye on a three-game shedding streak.
Regardless of outgaining Arizona, the 49ers can be held to solely 10 factors, their lowest complete since being held by Washington to 9 factors in a recreation performed throughout a downpour on 10/20/2019.
As has been the case all through the beginning of this season, the 49ers offense would transfer the ball solely to fall up quick in crucial conditions. San Francisco truly outgained Arizona, however going 1-5 on fourth all the way down to miss factors or finish drives would show to be the distinction.
Listed here are the solutions to my questions from Saturday.
1. How will Trey Lance deal with his first NFL begin? Some good. Some unhealthy.
Making his first NFL begin, Trey Lance was clearly the point of interest of the 49er’s offense. Of the 49ers 59 offensive performs Lance had the ball in his fingers for 47 of them, 31 move and 16 run. The rookie would put up first rate numbers going 15-29, 192 yards, 1 interception via the air and gaining 89 yards on 16 carries.
After opening the sport with a 14-yard scramble and 16-yard completion to Kyle Juszczyk, Lance would make his first massive mistake two performs later. Dealing with second and 9 from the Arizona 44-yard line, Lance would step into the pocket to keep away from stress solely to throw excessive to Travis Benjamin and have the move intercepted by Cardinal’s security Budda Baker.
As his numbers would counsel, the efficiency from Lance was about what you’d count on from a rookie. Lance’s up and down play, numerous offensive penalties and a few questionable play calls and strategic choices from Kyle Shanahan can be an excessive amount of to beat.
2. Can the 49ers protection include Kyler Murray? Sure
3. How will the San Francisco secondary maintain up? Good
4. Will the 49ers maintain the Arizona offense beneath 30 factors? Sure
The problem for San Francisco right this moment was not the protection. Coming into this recreation Arizona had averaged 35 factors per recreation and 6.6 yards per play. Regardless of struggling early on, the 49ers protection would maintain Arizona to solely 17 factors and 5 yards per play.
It wasn’t an ideal effort. The protection struggled with the tempo of the Arizona offense on their first possession, permitting the Cardinals to go 66 yards on eight performs to seize a fast 7-0 lead.
From that time on the 49ers protection would stiffen up, holding the Cardinals to solely a subject objective till late within the fourth quarter when DeAndre Hopkins was in a position to make a spectacular seize of a Kyler Murray throw to offer Arizona a 17-7 lead.
For essentially the most half the 49ers protection did an excellent job of containing Kyler Murray and holding up within the secondary.
Murray can be held in verify on the bottom for many of the recreation, however nonetheless was in a position to showcase his playmaking potential. On one play within the second quarter the 49ers protection would do an excellent job to maintain him from working, solely to see him match a superbly positioned throw alongside the left sideline to Rondale Moore for a 33-yard acquire. The play would assist lengthen a drive that will put Arizona up 10-0.
5. Can the 49ers reap the benefits of Arizona’s run protection? Sure
The Arizona run protection got here into the sport permitting a mean of 5.4 yards per try and the 49ers completed the day proper on that quantity.
The 49ers ran the ball a complete of 28 occasions on the day, 16 of these got here from Trey Lance for 89 yards whereas Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon, Deebo Samuel and Kyle Juszczyk would mix to realize 63 yards on the opposite 12 makes an attempt.
Whereas the general numbers look good, it was numerous failed quick yardage makes an attempt that will do the 49ers in on Sunday.
The primary misstep would come on the 49ers second possession of the sport. Already down 7-0, the offense drove the ball into Arizona territory. Dealing with fourth and two from the Cardinals 34, Kyle Shanahan would forgo a subject objective alternative, as a substitute calling for a Trey Lance run to the fitting facet. Cardinals defensive deal with J.J. Watt would penetrate and decelerate Laken Tomlinson simply sufficient to not enable him to get to his task, leaving Lance on his personal and he can be stopped a yard quick.
On the subsequent 49ers possession, they’d face fourth and objective on the Cardinals one yard line and as soon as once more go for it. After a play faux, Lance would roll out to his proper and resolve to take the ball himself. He can be dropped in need of the goalline after a collision with Arizona linebackers Isaiah Simmons and Tanner Vallejo.
Within the fourth quarter the 49ers offense would see one other fourth and quick play get stuffed by the Arizona protection. Kyle Shanahan tried to dig into his bag of tips, and pulled out a play that labored in an identical scenario two weeks in the past in opposition to Inexperienced Bay. With Trey Lance within the shotgun, Kyle Juszczyk would go in movement and take the snap and attempt to sneak for the required yard. The Arizona protection sniffed the play out and shut it down for no acquire and one other failed quick yardage try.
49ers 27 Cardinals 23
Too many errors and missed alternatives for the 49ers to beat a gifted staff.