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Monday Night Football open thread: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargersby Patrick Holloway on November 19, 2019 at 1:03 am
Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images It’s mirror schedules. The Chiefs are 6-4, the Chargers ar 4-6. Well this could be interesting or it could be an absolute dud. Monday Night Football gets going in a few minutes with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers getting ready for some AFC West divisional action. This game really could go either way. The Chargers can be dangerous, but only when they feel like it it seems like. The Chiefs are reeling after a loss to the Tennessee Titans (and Ryan Tannehill of all people). There was a time when they said the AFC Championship game would be between New England and Kansas City, but with the Baltimore Ravens getting hot that may not be the case. The Chargers always play divisional opponents hard and the Chiefs are probably wanting to go back to that winning thing, so we should have an interesting evening.
Injury updates: Dee Ford could miss the next couple of gamesby Kyle Posey on November 19, 2019 at 12:31 am
Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images Jalen Hurd is not expected back, either Kyle Shanahan met with the media Monday afternoon and announced that Dee Ford has a hamstring strain and could miss a couple of weeks. He acknowledged that it’d be a week-to-week deal, but it’s likely Ford won’t play. Ford played 20 of the possible 67 snaps in Sunday’s matchup game against the Cardinals. With Ford out, the 49ers will likely lean on Damontre Moore and Julian Taylor as they did against the Cardinals. Taylor is a stout run defender, while Moore the better pass rusher. This is where having depth pays off. It’s also worth noting that Ford hasn’t played more than 46% of the snaps since Week 1. Joe Staley will be out once again with a finger injury. Justin Skule, who struggled Sunday, will face Green Bay Packers pass rush that is tenth in adjusted sack rate. By the sounds of it, Shanahan isn’t expecting Jalen Hurd back this season. His words were “not looking good.” That’s the worst-case scenario now for both Hurd and Trent Taylor. Two receivers the 49ers were counting on will play zero snaps in 2019. That leaves Kentavius Street and Jason Verrett as possibilities to come off IR, per Shanahan. With Ford down, Street may get the call if he can practice this week. Shanahan said it will be a similar situation with K Robbie Gould (quad), TE George Kittle (knee, ankle), RB Matt Breida (ankle) and DJ Jones (groin) as it was last week. They’ll see how week goes and make determination later in the week.
The crowd reaction to that Jeff Wilson TD is something elseby Patrick Holloway on November 18, 2019 at 11:30 pm
Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images It aint the The Catch, but it’s still pretty awesome. With 40 seconds left on the clock, the 49ers were getting ready to get the ball in the right position for a field goal and take their game with the Arizona Cardinals to overtime. They had one timeout left and just got a first down—they had a chance for one, maybe two plays at the endzone. The Cardinals lined up six guys to blitz Garoppolo. Garoppolo chucked the ball to Jeff Wilson Jr, and Wilson strolled in. If that sounds awesome, that’s because it was. The 49ers have been on the receiving end of these last-second heartbreakers that having them pull one out, regardless of your thoughts on the Cardinals (they are better than their record indicates) felt awesome. Don’t take my word for it. The Checkdown has the crowd reaction to Wilson’s touchdown below. Watch and enjoy. This was a huge game for the 49ers. After the nasty loss to Seattle, a game like this tells them they have all the tools, they just have to use them. The crowd reaction to Jeff Wilson Jr.'s game-winning touchdown is giving me goosebumps @49ers pic.twitter.com/hhGY3bfcaS— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 18, 2019
49ers control their destiny in the divisionby Patrick Holloway on November 18, 2019 at 10:02 pm
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images WOOOOO!!!! WOOOOOOO!!!! After that game with the San Francisco 49ers, I was about out of emotion. What a game. That was a game the 49ers didn’t win in 2018. That’s a game where they throw the pick, or the Kyler Murray touchdown seals the deal, or...or...or... Regardless, it’s another divisional win over their NFC West Rivals and keeps the 49ers at the top of the NFC West race. The 49ers now take on the Green Bay Packers in a huge Sunday Night Football matchup. We’re about to learn a lot about the 2019 San Francisco 49ers. They are in control of their destiny, but man is this road going to be tough. Let’s take a look at everything else. Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1) The Cardinals rebuild might be ahead of schedule, but they couldn’t get things together at Levi’s. Say what you want about the defense the 49ers played, that game did more for the locker room confidence than any blowout could. The 49ers needed that game after the heartbreaker last week on prime time, and it isn’t to keep pace with the Seahawks either. These are games that define a team’s season. The 49ers crawled out of a 16-point deficit, and Jimmy Garoppolo had to finish things with that filthy shoryuken. With the 4th-seed being the 6-4 Dallas Cowboys at this point, the Cardinals are still in the playoff race. It’s going to take a lot of winning to get them playing in January, however. Seattle Seahawks BYE The Seahawks had a bye. Because not all teams get byes in the fourth week. Los Angeles Rams (6-4) The Rams played the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. A game I had to watch because they pay me to. The Rams had three fumbles, one of which they lost while Jared Goff turned in a crowd-pleasing 11 completions on 18 attempts. Goff also had an interception. The real star was the running game with one touchdown to Todd Gurley and one to Malcolm Brown. Gurley was back to form getting the lion’s share of carries with 25 for 97 yards. That, along with an interception, is the Rams. As for the Bears? The less said, the better. Mitch Trubisky left with a hip injury, and that led to Chase Daniel coming in. So many people want to pile on Jimmy Garoppolo. To that I say, look at the Bears’ quarterback situation, things could be a helluva lot worse. Into Week 12 The 49ers have been flexed into Sunday Night Football, so they will be taking on the Green Bay Packers in what should be a fun game. This will be important for playoff positioning and for the 49ers to continue their pace against Seattle. The Rams will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. This game could be fun. No, really, it could be. Where else do you get to hear Booger McFarland evaluate quarterbacks? All jokes aside, the Ravens and Rams should give us an idea of what the 49ers will have with both teams in the second half of the season. The Seahawks have their own game, going across the country to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Even more surprising, it’s a 10:00 AM start. Keep your optimism under control. While the Eagles are no gimmie, they are 5-4, and the Russell Wilson Special knows no bounds. The Cardinals have a bye. So. Bye. 1st: San Francisco 49ers; Next: vs. Green Bay Packers 2nd: Seattle Seahawks; Next: at Philadelphia Eagles 3rd: Los Angeles Rams; Next: vs. Baltimore Ravens 4th: Arizona Cardinals; Next: BYE
PFF grades and snap counts from the 49ers win over the Cardinalsby Kyle Posey on November 18, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images The offensive line struggled The San Francisco 49ers got off to their worst start of the season against Arizona but stormed back to a 36-26 victory. Unlike Monday night’s game against Seattle, the 49ers overcame costly mistakes. Here are the PFF grades and snap counts on both sides of the ball. Offense-73 snaps total Coming into this game, I was curious how the running back rotation would go. Kyle Shanahan split Coleman and Mostert’s snaps nearly right down the middle. The most important critical snap was the one snap Wilson Jr. had, the game-winning touchdown. The same offensive line that started the game didn’t miss a snap. We don’t get to say that a lot. With Sanders down, it was Bourne who filled in to replace him. That tells you how the staff feels about Pettis and Goodwin. Top five offensive grades James Jr. 91 Samuel 84.4 Garoppolo 75.6 Juszczyk 70.4 Coleman 66.1 James only had one touch, but it went for 57 yards. Akash made an argument that James deserves more playing time. Samuel continued his efficiency. Eight catches and six going for first downs. He continues to rack up yards after the catch. Of Samuel’s 134 yards, 49 of those came after the catch. It’s tough to look past two throws considering how costly those turnovers were, but there was far too much good from Garoppolo on Sunday. His adjusted completion percentage was 88.4 when you factor in four drops and two throwaways. Garoppolo continues to keep the offense ahead of the chains and perform well under pressure. Coleman’s role in the passing game will be critical moving forward, especially if the 49ers continue to struggle running the ball. Coleman finished with three catches for 48 yards in the air and took two for first downs. Juice wears so many hats for this offense. It’s nice to see him rewarded with targets. Bottom five offensive grades McGlinchey 58.0 Goodwin 56.2 Mostert 51.0 Skule 43.2 Tomlinson 35.2 Three starting linemen in the bottom five may explain the running game struggles. McGlinchey’s struggles continue this season, as he allowed six pressures. Skule versus Chandler Jones didn’t have much of a chance. It got so bad, at one point the 49ers had to triple-team Jones. Skule allowed eight pressures, while Tomlinson allowed four. Defense-67 total snaps The first thing I look for when the defensive snap counts are released is how much Buckner played. Save the Bengals and Panthers blowouts; this was the second-fewest snaps Buckner played all season. The first was Week 1 when the weather was scorching hot. Elijah Lee and Julian Taylor played the most they have all season. In Lee’s case, that was probably the most the 49ers defense had played in base defense all season. Top five defensive grades Taylor 82.5 Greenlaw 75.8 Tartt 70.9 D. Moore 70.7 Ford 69.6 The Cardinals should get some credit for keeping the Niners on their heels all afternoon. San Francisco made timely stops, but this felt like the first game all season where a defender didn’t have a dominant performance. Bottom five defensive grades Buckner 59.4 Thomas 57.7 Williams 56.1 Day 49.2 Warner 48.8 It didn’t seem like any defender played noticeably poor, either. PFF disagrees, as it’s another poor game from Warner. The different run concepts put Warner in some difficult positions. This is the first game where a starter didn’t grade 80.0 or higher. The pass-rush was non-existent for the majority of the game. The 49ers had one quarterback hit all game. They did limit the big play, and that’s how they were able to come away with a win.