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Can the Jets Push the 49ers to an 0-2 Start?

  • 2020 NFL Schedule
  • New York Jets
  • San Francisco 49ers
By Tommy Griffenkranz September 19, 2020 0 Comment
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The 49ers travel cross country trying to avoid falling to 0-2. The Jets coming off an awful game, look to shock the defending NFC champs.

The New York Jets play their home opener against the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.  New York looked flat and unprepared in their week one match-up with the Buffalo Bills.  San Francisco blew a double-digit lead to the Arizona Cardinals en route 24-20 home loss.

The 49ers have won 6 of the last 7 road games against the Jets.  Both teams will look to avoid an 0-2 start, each dealing with a rash of injuries to key players.

Jets vs 49ers Game Details

Date/Time: September 20, 1 p.m. ET

Stadium: MetLife Stadium

TV Coverage: FOX

Weather: 64, Wind 9 MPH

Odds: Draft Kings, 49ers -7, Game Total 41

49ers Preview

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo finished last week 19-for-33 for 259 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions.  These look like solid numbers on the surface but he struggled in the second half, going just 8-for-17.  The Niners have several receivers out and as a result, Garoppolo took few shots downfield.

Running Game

Running back Raheem Mostert looked explosive in his first career start.  He rushed 15 times for 56 yards, adding four receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown in the passing game.  Mostert is clearly the lead back accounting for 19 total touches, compared to 11 total touches for backs Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman.

Getting some help at receiver

While Deebo Samuel is on the IR and will not play,  rookie pass-catcher Brandon Aiyak is expected to make his NFL debut against the Jets.  In addition, recently signed Mohamed Sanu will also play his first game of 2020.  Sanu spent training camp with the Jets before being cut.  The help could not come soon enough as Mostert was the only player to have over 50 receiving yards last week in Arizona.

Injuries continue to plague the 49ers

Tight end George Kittle suffered a knee sprain in the first half against Arizona and has not practiced all week. The team expects him to play despite not practicing, as long as doctors clear him.

San Francisco will also be without cornerback Richard Sherman who was placed on IR this week.  Defensive end, Dee Ford missed practice on Thursday with a neck injury.  The severity of the injury is not known at this point.

Jets Preview

The Jets were brutal in Buffalo last week.  They allowed Josh Allen to have the first 300-yard passing game of his career.  They lost 27-17 and it should have been worse, as the Bills turned the ball over in Jets territory twice and missed two field goals.  As talked about this week on the Jets Brawl podcast fans want head coach Adam Gase’s head on a platter, as he was never the right choice to be the head coach.  Sam Darnold did not look like a confident quarterback week one and his mechanics were a mess.

Mounting injuries for Jets

This week the Jets, already without several keys players, put running back Le’Veon Bell and receiver Denzel Mims on IR, both with hamstring issues.  Both will be out for at least three weeks.  In addition, the only receiver that came to play last week, Jamison Crowder, missed practice with a hamstring injury.  Crowder had 115 yards receiving against the Bills.

Starting linebacker Blake Cashman was also put on IR with a groin injury.  Jets will need to elevate someone from the practice squad this week to fill in for Cashman.

Matchups to watch:

Becton vs Bosa

The big matchup is rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton against defensive end Nick Bosa.  Becton more than held his own in his NFL debut last week.  Against a very good defensive unit in Buffalo, Becton was the highest-graded rookie according to Pro Football Focus, with a 77.2 overall grade.  Bosa the Rookie Defensive Player of the Year last season will provide a good early-season test for the rookie left tackle.

Garoppolo vs Jets secondary

Garoppolo struggled in the second half of last week, while the Jets made Allen look like an All-Pro.  He attempted only three passes of longer than 20 yards. With some new weapons at his disposal look for Jimmy G to take a few more shots downfield against the Jets.

Darnold vs Niners secondary

Darnold passed for only 215 yards against the Bills, one of the better secondaries in the league. The Niners head to New York without Sherman.  Darnold needs to show that last week was an aberration and not a sign of things to come.  He will have to do it with a makeshift lineup of weapons.  The Jets offense was supposed to consist of Bell, Mims, Crowder, Breshad Perriman, and Chris Herndon.  They could conceivably be without three of the five.

Prediction

The Jets will be hard-pressed to keep this one close.  They looked like a team that had no sense of urgency and no will to win. The Jets have a ton of injuries as do the Niners. The Jets need to, at the very least, show that they are not what they appeared to be last week, the worst team in the NFL.

 

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