4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Cowboys

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By Niner Faithful

The Niners come back home to Levis Stadium this week to face longtime rival the Dallas Cowboys. You cannot tell the story of the Niners without talking about the Cowboys. There is the game that T.O. stood on the star twice in Dallas, Elvis Grbac beating them in Dallas in 95, the beat down at the Stick in 81, Steve’s victory lap in 94 and you can’t forget every Niner fans favorite the play that is known only as The Catch (shout out to Eric Wright for his tackle to save the game) just to name a few.  The all-time series is tied 17-17-1 with Dallas coming from behind to win last year 24-17 at Levis. The biggest storyline this week is the first career start of rookie QB C.J. Beathard after replacing Brian Hoyer in the second quarter last week. Kyle Shanahan has named C.J. the starter for the rest of the season so all eyes are on him to see if he can do enough to maybe have the Niners not get a QB in free agency or the draft. Here are my 4 keys to victory to start the Beathard era off right and help us get our first win against the Crygirls.

  1. Stop Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott’s 6 game suspension was pushed back this week by more court appeals and a bunch of stuff that I don’t understand. The main point is he is going to play this week. Last year he torched us for 138 yards and a TD on 23 carries. The Cowboys rely heavily on their run game to take the pressure off Dak Prescott. The Niners have done nice job vs the run this year but this will be our biggest test of the season so far. If Elliott goes off it will be very hard for the Niners to win. If we stop him it will go a long way to getting our first win.

 

  1. Stay on the Field

The Niners have been trash all year on converting on 3rd down (going 28/91 30.8%)there are many reasons for that and while some of them I believe are fixed by Beathard’s ability to get a first down with his legs penalties drops and negative plays have been the main reason. If we are to have a chance in this game we must keep Dallas off the field while allowing our D to keep fresh.

 

  1. Get off the Field

Just like on offense the Niners have been bad on defense when it comes to 3rd conversions (43/90 48%). While the offense isn’t helping by going 3 and out all the time when you are allowing teams to convert such a high percentage those extra plays add up and lead to us being tired at the end of the game. Kyle Shanahan said he was optimistic that Rueben Foster would return to limited bases this week so that should help. Even with the 5ava6e coming back we need all 11 on D to get off the Field on 3rd.

 

  1. Win it for Dwight

On Sunday 36 players from our 81 Super Bowl team are coming to Levis to honor # 87 as he continues his battle with ALS. At halftime Joe and Dwight are speaking to the Faithful in what I’m sure will be an emotional speech. They say to know where you are going you must first know where you have been. I know that the Niners will want to honor our past and it starts by representing what it means to put on the Red and Gold and live up to the standard that the man on the field at halftime began in 1981. I’m sure that if you ask Mr. Clark the best way the Niners can honor him is to get that W.

My prayers go out to Mr. Clark as he battles ALS you are one of the most beloved Niners ever and everything said about you on Sunday won’t speak enough of what you meant to the Red and Gold. GO NINERS!!!!!

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4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Redskins

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By Niner Faithful

This week the Niners finish their 3 game road trip against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland. For the second week in a row the Niners face a former Niner this time, Vernon Davis. The Niners last played in Indy in 2009 and lost 18-14. The Niners hold a 20-10-1 advantage in the all times series and have won 4 in a row going back to 2008(That was the game we named Mike Singletary our coach. Also I was at that game).The Redskins are coming of a bye week so they are going to be well rested and have 2 weeks to get ready. Its games like theses where people think we have no shot that we seem to end up playing our best football. Here are my 4 keys to proving the doubters wrong.

  1. Score a TD early

The Niners have had issues scoring touchdowns all year. Scoring first would not only give us a lead but also allow the Niners to play relaxed and loose. The perfect scenario would be for the defense or special teams to get an early turnover and put the offense to score an easy touchdown to get some confidence. And scoring early also allows the defense to not try to play perfect.

 

  1. Do your job

Last week there were too many break downs on defense that caused to big plays. And it’s never just one thing or one player. We lost containment on a bunch of running plays and 3rd downs continued to be a problem. And last week you saw to Colts go after Rashard Robinson and expose him as not a top corner (yet). The defense did get 3 sacks and a pick to save/set up the win for us. But overall the defense needs to play far better this week if we are going to win.

  1. Play more consistent on Offense

The Offense has been inconsistent all year. There are times when it looks really good and you start to dream about things that could be. And then there are times that you wonder why on earth we brought in (insert player name here). No one is expecting this to look like the 80’s in Kyle Shanahan’s first year but this will be the Niners 6th game I don’t think it’s too much to ask to score 2 td’s a game.

 

  1. Let’s see our Defense play together for a whole game.

11 snaps that’s all that Reuben Foster played in week one before he got hurt. Eric Reid went out the next game at Seattle. With both players making their returns to practice this week the hope is for the first time since week one we will have all 11 starts out on the field. Maybe not for the whole game but enough that I should make a difference.

If we follow my 4 keys and #56 and # 35 play there shouldn’t be a reason why we don’t get our first win.  GO NINERS!!!!!

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4 Keys to Victory: Niners vs Cardinals

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By Niner Faithful

This week the Niners travel to Glendale, Arizona to face the Cardinals for the first of three straight road games. The Niners lost last year in Arizona 23-20 on a last-second field goal. Although the Niners have not won in Arizona since 2013 we do lead the all-time series 29-22. The Niners haven’t played since Thursday Night and should be well rested, while Arizona is coming off a short week after losing to the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Those few extra days off could be the difference in the game and help the Niners win our first game of the year. Here are this weeks 4 Keys to victory.

  1. Keep Larry Fitzgerald in check

Larry Fitzgerald has torched the Niners during his career in Arizona. In 13 seasons he has never missed a game against the Niners and has a total of 154 catches 2,091 yards and 16 touchdowns in 26 games. After catching 13 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown on Monday night it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down in year 14 so holding him in check will go a long way in winning Sunday’s game.

 

  1. Do not turn over the Football

Brain Hoyer put the Niners in the hole right away last week by throwing a pick the very first play of the game. Raheem Mostert also had a fumble that killed a drive in LA territory. Both turnovers led to points (a TD and a FG). Arizona is not as high scoring as they used to be but Carson Palmer is still a good QB and the more chances you give him he’ll eventually burn you and as we saw last year sometimes that’s all it takes.

 

  1. Get off the field on 3rd down

The Niners Defense was dreadful on 3rd down allowing the Rams to convert 8 of 12 3rd downs. The Niners Offense isn’t helping much by not converting on 3rd down themselves, but the D can make things easier on themselves by getting off the field on 3rd down and giving the Niners Offense as many chances as they can to put points on the board while also allowing them to be fresh.

  1. Can someone get a sack, please

The Niners got zero sacks last week and very little pressure. That’s two times in the first three weeks that we have been shut out in the sack department (the other time was week 1 vs the Panthers). That is unacceptable for a team that has invested so many high rounds picks in the D line. With Tank Carradine going on IR this week the opportunity and pressure will be on the younger players to step up (paging Aaron Lynch, Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas).

Arizona’s window is closing while they are still a good team they are nowhere near the team they used to be. Because of that, there is no reason for me to believe that the Niners can’t go make plays and go get a W. GO NINERS!!!!!

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4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Seahawks

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By Niner Faithful

The Niners travel to Seattle in Week 2 of the regular season for the first of two games vs the Seahawks. The Niners last played in Seattle Week 3 of last year losing 37-18. This will be the 38th meeting between the two teams with Seattle holding an 22-15 advantage in the series (and has won the last 5 games in Seattle and the last 6 overall). Here are 4 keys that will go a long way in reversing that trend and even our record to 1-1.

  1. Take down Russell Wilson

The Niners D line had zero sacks last week and Cam Newton had all day to throw. If that trend continues Wilson will pick us a part. Pressure isn’t enough when you’re playing Wilson. He has the ability to extend plays with legs till a receiver gets open or if no one is open to take off and run (see any Niners Seahawks games since 2012). Seattle’s O line is considered to be the weakest position group on the team and the Niners should be able to get to Wilson after Seattle gave up 3 sacks last week vs the Packers.

 

 

  1. Keep Brian Hoyer clean this time

Seattle had 4 sacks vs the Packers week one (although the Packers don’t have the world’s greatest O line). Seattle has a great D line with players like Michael Bennett, Cliff Avriland, and new comer Sheldon Richardson. To make things worse the Niners O line struggled mightily vs the Panthers giving up 4 sacks and 8 QB pressures (Freakin Zane Beadles) and this was one of the reasons we never really got any offense going. Laken Tomlinson is going to have a chance to start this week or at least get some playing time according to Kyle Shanahan. Weather there is any changes to the starting line or not the o line must be better or it’s going to be another long day in Seattle.

 

 

  1. Run the Football

Carlos Hyde only had 9 carries for 45 yards and Matt Breida only 4 carries for 11 yards. That is not enough running for an offense and Quarterback that needs play action. In recent years the game has gotten out of hand so fast that we have had to abandon the run. For the Niners to stay in this game Hyde must carry the ball more than 9 times to wear down Seattle’s defense and not allow Seattle’s pass rushers to pin their ears back and get after Brian Hoyer.

 

  1. Clean up mistakes

Last week the Niners committed 10 penalties (74 yards) had 2 turnovers (both by Brian Hoyer. One was a fumble on a strip sack and the other a pick on the first play of the second half) a few dropped balls and a fair amount of missed tackles. When you put all of them together mistakes are the reason why we lost the game. The Niners just don’t have the talent yet to overcome that many self-inflicted wounds. If the same mistakes happen this week it will be hard to have a different outcome.

 

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4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Panthers

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By Niner Faithful

The Niners open the 2017 Season at home against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers won last year’s game in Carolina 46-27. This will be the 19th time the two teams have played each other in the regular season (The Panthers holding a 12-7 edge). The Niners hold the longest Opening Day win streak in the NFL at 6 games and for that to continue this is what I feel we need to do.

  • Keep Christian McCaffrey contained

Christian McCaffrey was one of the most exciting players in college football last year (totaling 1913 yards and 16 TDs from scrimmage). He’s playing in his first NFL game in the stadium right up the road from where he played college. I’m sure he’s going to want to put on a show. Keeping him in check would go a long way in making sure the Niners come away with a W in week 1.

 

  • Keep Panthers Offense off the field

The Panthers already had a high powered offense with players Like Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin (not to mention what Cam Newton can do with his legs) and with the drafting of Christian McCaffrey their offense got a lot more dangerous. Winning the time of possession is not only going to keep our Defense fresh but also keep the Panther’s offense off the field.

 

  • Keep pressure on Cam Newton

If you give any quarterback in the NFL all day to throw he will pick you apart add that to fact the Niners will most likely be without Jimmie Ward and have a young and unproven secondary and harassing Cam Newton becomes one of the top priorities of the D line. The Niners only managed a sack and 3 QB hits last year in Carolina that number should improve and must if the Niners are going to win on Sunday.

 

  • Keep Brian Hoyer clean

The Panthers were number two in the league last year with 47 sacks combine that with the fact that the Niners gave up just as many sacks last year and you could see how this is key to a Niners victory. The Niners have issues on the interior line (both Guard spots)and if this shows in the game it will cause the Offense to stall and it will start the domino effect that lead to the Defense being on the field last year and we all remember how that turned out.

 

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Niners 53 Man Roster: Defense

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

 

By Niner Faithful

The 2017 Niners roster is set and as expected the Niners have said good bye to some notable names from last year’s team like Ahmad Brooks (one of the longest tenured players on the team) and Quinton Dial. To improve from the worst defense in team history the Niners went defense with both first round picks of this year’s draft adding Rookie Of The Year candidate Reuben Foster and the third overall pick Solomon Thomas. The Niners made it a priority to get defensive players that are all gas and no brakes and that when you come to their area they are going to hit you hard (just look at the drops Minnesota had after Eric Reid and Reuben Foster hit them a few times). The Niners are going to run basically the same defense that Seattle runs. The key to the defense being successful is the Free Safety and with Jimmie Ward missing all of training camp with a hamstring injury and the overall youth in the secondary this is the biggest concern going into the season. Although the best thing for a weak secondary is a strong pass rush and the defensive line is the strongest position group on the defense maybe the whole team.  With the offense most likely still needing more time to gel. The defense will need to play well the beginning of the season if the team will have a success this season if not it could be a long year again.

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Safeties

#25 Jimmie Ward

#35 Eric Reid

#29 Jaquiski Tartt

#38 Adrian Colbert

#49 Lorenzo Jerome

Cornerbacks:

#33 Rashard Robinson

#36 Dontae Johnson

#41 Ahkello Witherspoon

#27 Keith Reaser

#24 K’Waun Williams

Linebackers:

#56 Reuben Foster

#53 NaVorro Bowman

#54 Ray Ray Armstrong

#50 Brock Coyle

#58 Elvis Dumervil

#59 Aaron Lynch

#97 Dekoda Watson

#45 Pita Taumoepenu

Defensive Line:

#94 Solomon Thomas

#91 Arik Armstead

#98 Ronald Blair III

#99 DeForest Buckner

#95 Tank Carradine

#96 D.J. Jones

#90 Earl Mitchell

 

RESERVE/INJURED

#47 Jimmie Gilbert

#43 Chanceller James

#93 Chris Jones

#20 Don Jones

#48 Donavin Newsom

#51 Malcolm Smith

 

Niners 53 Man Roster: Offense

NFL: Preseason-San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

By Niner Faithful

The 2017 Niners roster is set and as expected the Niners have said good bye to some notable names from last year’s team like Vance McDonald (he was traded along with a 5th round pick next year for a 4th round pick next year) and Jeremy Kerley (was released on Saturday). The offense will be a work in progress but with Kyle Shanahan’s ability to call plays and the weapons he and John Lynch added this year the offense will be much improved from last year and will get better as the season goes along. The biggest key to the season is the running game. Kyle Shanahan’s offense is play actions based so if you don’t have the threat of a running game the whole offense will fall apart (look at the game vs Denver for an example on how this would look).  The offensive line is still a concern and as always health will play a big part in the success that the Niners have this year. But if the o line can step its game up ,we can stay healthy, steal a few games and get a little luck don’t be surprised if we are in the hunt for a wild card or maybe even the division.

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Quarterbacks:

#2 Brian Hoyer

#3 CJ Beathard

Offensive Line:

#74 Joe Staley

#77 Trent Brown

#68 Zane Beadles

#63 Brandon Fusco

#67 Daniel Kilgore

#76 Garry Gilliam

#62 Erik Magnuson

#71 John Theus

#78 Laken Tomlinson

Running Backs/Full Back:

Kyle Juszczyk

#28 Carlos Hyde,

#49 Matt Breida

#31 Raheem  Mostert 

Tight Ends:  

#88 Garrett Celek

#82 Logan Paulsen

#85 George Kittle

Wide Receivers:

#15 Pierre Garçon

#11 Marquise Goodwin

#81 Trent Taylor

#83 Victor Bolden Jr

#6 Kendrick Bourne

#19 Aldrick Robinson,

Kicker:

#9 Robbie Gould

Punter:

#5 Bradley Pinion

Long Snapper:

#86 Kyle Nelson

RESERVE/INJURED

#13 Aaron Burbidge

#65 Joshua Garnett

#83 BJ Johnson III                                                                                                                                                                                          #32 Joe Williams