Niners Live provided you, the Faithful, with the Pre-Game Match-ups to watch and a Postgame Summary of the game against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday night. And now, Niners live follows up and delivers: Recapping the Game; Inside the Game: Featuring the “Front-7”.
Defense, the Highlights (individual assessments)
- Reuben Foster led both teams in tackles with eight, five coming solo and one tackle for a loss. Foster’s hard hitting style was on full display last Sunday night.
- DeForest Buckner was back in action and was active and productive accounting for three tackles total, two coming solo and one tackle for a loss.
- Elvis Dumervil– the veteran pass-rusher showed up and had his best game up to date. He accounted for two tackles, one being solo, one sack, one tackle for loss and a QB hit.
- D.J. Jones was productive and disruptive accounting for three total tackles all solo and a sack.
- Arik Armstead had one solo tackle total, one sack, one tackle for loss and two QB hits. He played with vengeance, conviction, violence, and passion.
- NaVorro Bowman had four total tackles, two being solo and was very active and dominate/presence wise.
- Eli Harold got the start at Sam over Ahmad Brooks who was recently released. The only stat of the night came on a QB hit. However, on his watch, the 49ers defense held the running game of the Vikes under 3.0 yards a carry and under 30 yards while notching three sacks on Bradford and only allowing 134 yards of passing. Eli was active and brought consistent pressure and was stout at setting the edge/point of attack.
- Ronald Blair III had one solo tackle total which came as he stopped the ball carrier dead in his tracks for a five-yard loss behind the line of scrimmage.
- Austin Calitro: Yes, he had a mixed bag of reviews, maybe at times in coverage with angles, etc. But you know what? #47 again makes you notice him. He accounted for two solo tackles total and one QB hit as he’s always around the ball and active playing with passion/determination. The Charger’s game is big for him.
- Tank Carradine had just one solo tackle. However, as a starting six technique/end (elite level per defensive coordinator Robert Saleh), he did his job. The 49ers’ defense held the running game of the Vikes under 3.0 yards a carry and under 30 yards while notching three sacks on Bradford and only allowing 134 yards of passing in the first half.
- Earl Mitchell didn’t show up in the stat sheets, but when you hold a running game to under 3.0 yards a carry and under 30 yards in the first half you’ve done your job while at the same time pushing the pocket and making Bradford feel uncomfortable the whole night. He was active, relentless, and physical at the point of attack.
- Chris Dwightstone Jones was a top reserve in the first half and played a role in “Please see Earl Mitchell above”, and he had one solo tackle total.
Defense, the Lowlights (individual assessments)
- Aaron Lynch had one stat on the night: a QB hit. Playing against second and third stringers, Lynch didn’t do anything to convince anyone watching the game that his roster spot is safe and sound, the end.
- Ray-Ray Armstrong makes the list this week because he wasn’t the ‘all over the field Ray-Ray’ flashing the speed, athleticism and coverage skills at will we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in the past. His preseason has been up and down. He accounted for two tackles total; one being solo. He also was playing on a unit that gave up 17 points in the third quarter.
- Shayne Skov: didn’t see him, and he’s headed to the cutting line of being dropped by the team.
- Dekoda Watson wasn’t his normal tone setting self, nor was his presence felt like in previous games on defense or special teams. He had zero stats on the night and had an offsides penalty in the first half.
- Pita Taumoepenu: production wise he fell off this week, not recording a single stat or making his presence known, not a good look when you’re trying to make the 53-man roster.
- Leger Douzable had one solo tackle and one QB hit and was part of giving up 32 points in the second half. His production was way down from last week and he didn’t do anything to help his cause for a roster spot this week.
- Solomon Thomas, the prize #3 overall pick in the draft, didn’t record a single tackle or sack or QB hit and wasn’t as active as week one versus the Kansas City Chiefs. He contributed, but not to the level expected of him.
- Sen’Derrick Marks didn’t record a single stat in 21 snaps after just recently signing with the team.
- Quinton Dial didn’t record a single stat on the night and allowed the 6th round pick Jones to outshine him (now he’s surely fighting for a roster spot) against the L.A. Chargers this Thursday (stats courtesy of ESPN.com).
The bottom line (assessment) as a whole
The 49ers like last week didn’t force any turnovers, losing that battle 1-0 in favor of Minnesota. The defense allowed 374 yards of total offense on 67 plays, mostly coming in the second half. The Vikings went 4 of 12 on first down but managed a whopping (25) first downs in the game (15) passing, (5) rushing, (5) by way of penalties. The 49ers defense held quarterback Sam Bradford in check on the night with him only passing for 134 yards at 6.4 yards per pass play and zero touchdowns.
Notes: The pass defense did give up 324 yards passing, but that mostly came in the second half. You can tell the defensive intensity was turned up a notch by the players and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh which was evident by shutting out the Vikes offense in the first half and a 3 and out on the first series.
Important to note: Vance McDonald was recently traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The defense sacked Bradford three times and four overall on the night. The defense was on their game this week against the run, holding running back’s Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook in check and allowing only 50 yards on 16 carries at 3.1 yards a pop and one rushing TD.
GRADE B (Note: No turnovers, multiple pass interference penalties and gave up 32 points in the second half plus a game tying TD and winning a two point conversion( ESPN.com).
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Expectations heading into week four against the L. A. Chargers
The expectations are different than last week, that’s for sure. Fresh off a dress rehearsal week the 49ers head into a short week this Thursday versus the Chargers. This game will feature second string and third string players battling for a roster spot and roles on this team. Holding on for dear life at a glance will be the likes of a few names such as; Aaron Lynch, Quinton Dial, Pita Taumoepenu, Sen’Derrick Marks, Austin Calitro, and Brock Coyle.
You would like to see someone step up within this front 7 to generate some turnovers and a continued pass rush that equates to QB hits and sacks.
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