Monday, September 12, 2011

49ers Define A Conservitive Win Sunday

Well, it certainly wasn't a big blowout, or offensive showing either on the ground or through the air, but the 49ers offene did do something it had trouble doing in 2010, and that's holding on to the football.

The 49ers didn't turn the ball over a single time as they used a consevitive approach in week one vs. a much lesser Seattle Seahawk team. The 49ers showed us a few things this weekend, but there are still many question marks surrounding the team, even after the 31-17 win at Candlestick on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Smith threw for just 124 yards and had a few nice rushes, including a touchdown on a QB-keeper sweep in the first half, but it really was all about the special teams and the defense, mainly Teddy Ginn and Carlos Rogers. Ginn returned 2 kicks (one punt, one kickoff) for TD's and kept the 49ers in good field position on every return he had. He was a force, and showed that he should probably have some sort of role in this offense as well, something we here at the Journal have been asking for since he signed with San Francisco. Nobody in their recieving corps has that kind of speed to stretch a field so why not use him more a wideout? He certainly made a case for a bigger role in week one. Rogers made a few nice deflections, including a TD-saver, swatting the ball out of Ben Obamanu's hands at the last second on a third-and-goal for Seattle. He showed already he's 2 times the cover-man Clements was for SF.

As far as the running game, which Harbough promosied a heavy dose of, he did deliver, but the 49ers, for some reason, couldn't open up many holes for their star running back. Frank Gore finished with under 50 yards rushing on 24 carries and never really got into a rythem. He had a few nice runs, but was stuffed a few times, including on the goal line where he's normally a beast. Still though, the 49ers were effecient on offense, getting key first downs when they needed. Harbough had them playing fundamental football. They didn't look like the reckless Niners of old making stupid penalties or turnovers, so even though they weren't explosive on offense, they put up 31 points. It's like they just wanted to get the lead and keep it, it didn't matter if they were scoring or not, as long as they had the lead and Seattle wasn't moving the ball, they were happy with not putting up big offnsive numbers. But next week in Dallas, it's going to be a whole new ballgame, cause this offense will need to open up a bit in order to keep up with the Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Whitten, Miles Austin and that Cowboy offense.

Player of the Week: Ted Ginn Jr.- 2 kick ret. for TD's

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