SANTA CLARA – Here is how the 49ers (1-4) graded in Sunday’s 28-18 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals (1-4):
PASS OFFENSE: F
Kyle Juszczyk matched his career-high with six receptions for 75 yards in the 49ers’ loss Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
C.J. Beathard’s career-high stats (34-of-54, 349 yards) were overshadowed by his career-high four turnovers, not to mention several throws behind receivers. Joe Staley and Alfred Morris missed blocks on strip-sack fumbles, and one interception bounced off Pierre Garçon’s hands. Kyle Juszczyk and George Kittle were brightspots. Nice, lefty shovel pass to Matt Breida for an opening-series TD. But compounding matters were drops and penalties. Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis were missed.
RUN OFFENSE: C-
San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) hands the ball off to San Francisco 49ers’ Matt Breida (22) against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Raheem Mostert’s fumble was a crushing blow after Matt Breida’s exit. Breida twice darted for 17-yard gains and racked up 56 yards before leaving with a sprained ankle at the end of the first quarter. Is Breida too brittle? Alfred Morris did a commendable job but lost or gained no yards on six carries in predictable situations. The line is trying hard to play through injuries in snakebit season.
PASS DEFENSE: B-
San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman (25) kneels the sidelines during their game against the Arizona Cardinals late in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Adrian Colbert blew it on the Cardinals’ 75-yard touchdown catch on the first snap, with an assist from Ahkello Witherspoon. Arizona then clammed up and played it conservative with Josh Rosen, who completed only 10 of 25 passes and only got sacked once. “They didn’t take very many risks to give us opportunities to make plays,” Richard Sherman said.
RUN DEFENSE: A
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) scores a touchdown against San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (27) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
A third-and-1 stop early in the second half should have sparked a comeback but a 49ers turnover ensued. David Johnson managed only 55 yards, and the Cardinals 56 total yards were the 49ers fewest allowed since a year ago at Arizona. Linebackers Reuben Foster and Fred Warner each had only three tackles, a puny total that reflected impressive play up front by DeForest Buckner and Cassius Marsh.
SPECIAL TEAMS: F
San Francisco 49ers’ Cole Wick (89) sits on the bench during their game against the Arizona Cardinals late in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports