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49ers -7 (-110)
|49ers vs Jets Information
|San Francisco 49ers vs New York Jets
|MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
|Sunday, September 20, 2020; 1:00 PM ET
|How to watch
In a Week 1 loss that shocked the football world, last season’s NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers, could not get the job done against what used to be the hapless Arizona Cardinals, who found a way to score twice in the fourth quarter against one of the league’s stingiest defenses.
Week 1 started slow for the New York Jets and never really took off after that as they earned their first loss of the season against the powerful Buffalo Bills, with QB Sam Darnold throwing for the same number of interceptions as touchdowns, that is one.
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The list of banged-up 49ers wide receivers seems endless: Brandon Aiyuk and Richie James are listed as questionable, while Tavon Austin, Jalen Hurd, and Deebo Samuel are all currently on injured reserve.
That leaves QB Jimmy Garoppolo with Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, and Dante Pettis as the only healthy receivers left on the current roster.
Sure, the 49ers are a big running team, but without a decent passing attack to counterbalance it, it will be too easy for the Jets to game plan around that and make them a one-dimensional offense.
As the Jets’ starting QB, Sam Darnold’s record is 11-16, his latest loss coming in Week 1 of the 2020 season against a Buffalo Bills team that seemed to know how to keep him at bay, at least for the first half of the game.
Last season, Darnold completed 273 passes for just over 3000 yards and 19 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, numbers that are not going to wow or scare any opposing defensive coordinators.
The question is whether head coach Adam Gase knows how to continue Darnold’s development at an NFL level, an evolution in skills and football IQ that will be necessary if the Jets ever expect to become a powerhouse with him under center.
In Week 1, San Fran tight end George Kittle left the game with a sprained knee, then returned in the third quarter and is still sore from it and listed as questionable for this Week 2 matchup with the Jets.
Even in that limited time, Kittle caught four of the five passes he was targeted with, posting 44 yards and averaging 11 yards per reception, numbers that when spread across four quarters, often mean the difference in how effective the 49ers are when they attack their opponents offensively.
Last season, Kittle caught 85 passes for 1053 yards and 5 touchdowns, making him one of the more productive tight ends in the league and an important part of head coach Kyle Shanahan’s style of offense.
Last year, the New York Jets could not have been happier to have scored running back Le’Veon Bell in their backfield, but he only averaged 3.2 yards per carrying in 2019, posting 789 yards and 3 touchdowns plus 66 receptions for another 461 yards and a touchdown.
Now it looks like Bell will share the backfield with one of the all-time great running backs, Frank Gore, who has been in the league since the 2005 season staring with the 49ers and then the Colts, the Dolphins, and the Bills.
Now Gore will attempt to make another season happen in the NFL with the Jets, last week carrying the ball 6 times for 24 yards, but it is more crucial that he serves as a motivating force to get Bell out of whatever overall slump he seems to be enduring and back to the true duo threat he used to be years ago with the Steelers.
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