What We Saw: Week 11

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49ers @ Jaguars

Final Score: 49ers 30, Jaguars 10

Writer: Chris Sanzo (@Doombot12_FF on Twitter)


For the 49ers, this was loosely a revenge game because it’s the antithesis of the debacle against Arizona when they were upset by Colt McCoy and a depleted Cardinals’ team. Like the Niners before them, the Jaguars were willing to give up 3rd down penalties to extend drives that led to points on otherwise successful defensive stands. What it also did was aid to tip the time of possession scales by way of a 22-8 minute advantage for San Francisco. At one point in the 2nd quarter, the advantage was 40-7 in terms of plays run and a 17-0 49ers’ lead during that same stretch.  Though the score was still within reach for the greater portion of the game, it never felt like the Jaguars were in it. They lacked any explosive plays and the real success they had was against a soft zone late in the 4th that was a game of catch between Marvin Jones Jr and Trevor Lawrence, wearing out Jaquiski Tartt on the way. The Jaguars’ touchdown was mostly ceremonial as San Francisco cruised to an easy victory to the tune of 49ers 30, Jaguars 10.

Oh, and for all the 49ers fans out there, good to see you C.J. Beathard.



San Francisco 49ers




Jimmy Garoppolo: 16/22, 176 yards, 2 TD | 2 carries, 3 yards

Trey Lance: 3 carries, 4 yards


This game was a status quo-style game for Jimmy G. Try to keep the release fast, otherwise it gets dicey. Make high throws that leave his receivers vulnerable. Handoff the ball. While it is true that Jimmy played well in their Super Bowl run and was criminally underrated in terms of value to that team, it is also true that he is overrated by the same terms now. When you miss a guy when he’s alone and you’re less than 15 yards apart, I just don’t know what to tell you.



Trey Lance briefly appeared at the end of the game to hand off a couple of times and convert the 3rd down to run out the clock.


Running Backs


Jeff Wilson Jr: 19 carries, 50 yards | 2 targets, 1 reception, 8 yards

Trey Sermon: 10 carries, 32 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 23 yards

Kyle Juszczyk: 2 targets, 1 reception, 7 yards


Jeff Wilson starting over Trey Sermon makes it abundantly clear that the benching is not about performance on the field. Wilson was abysmal; missing open holes and just offering nothing in explosiveness. Deebo Samuel was their best zone runner and Sermon was their best gap runner. Wilson was their best waste of a down runner. I don’t know if he just isn’t quite back to 100% and will need time, but this was a joke. Sermon was the only note of significance in the passing game as his 23-yard catch set up a field goal at the end of the first half to give an emotional swing back to the 49ers.



Wide Receivers/Tight Ends


Deebo Samuel: 2 targets, 1 reception, 15 yards | 8 carries, 79 yards, TD

Brandon Aiyuk: 7 targets, 7 receptions, 85 yards, TD

George Kittle: 4 targets, 4 receptions, 34 yards, TD

Jauan Jennings: 1 target, 1 reception, 4 yards


Brandon Aiyuk played physically at every level. Every catch was either contested at the catch point or thrown high with contact and yet he went 6 for 6 with 78 yards in the first half alone. No other player had more than one catch in the half. As the primary target with Deebo Samuel playing out of position at points, BA showed us again that he can help carry the team.



Deebo, as previously mentioned, was all over the field again. This time though, it was in the backfield. He nearly outgained the other two backs combined and scored the only touchdown on the ground. His speed and experience in this run game came to account for nearly 10 yards a run and his sweeps from behind Jimmy were being executed like screens in the blocking aspect because of how fast the plays developed to the outside. At times he looked like Elijah Mitchell out there. Deebo really is more of a weapon than a receiver.



George Kittle only had a single catch in the 1st half but he did have the biggest catch of the 2nd. His touchdown put the game out of reach and the way he did it was the same way this team did it all day, outworking the defenders. Despite having inside coverage, he is able to body his defender and bring the ball into his body, securing the catch as they hit the ground. I wouldn’t expect less from Kittle as it’s clear he is back and healthy.



Jacksonville Jaguars




Trevor Lawrence: 16/25, 158 yards | 3 carries, 23 yards


This was eerily similar to watching Matt Ryan against the Patriots. Hike the ball, pull your best Fran Tarkenton and run like heck, and pray someone gets open before you take the sack. The offense is too slow developing downfield and their short passing game is ineffective because of it. They are not getting Trevor any easy throws to the intermediary part of the field that functions more like seams and inside slants. They clearly miss D.J. Chark as Marvin Jones Jr. is just not capable of being the only consistent downfield threat. He operates well as a secondary option but he’s not going to give you elite weapons on 50/50 balls or break any ankles separating from coverage. The Jags need to invest in a real option in the offseason and address this line or they may lose the potential he still has.



Running Backs


James Robinson: 12 carries, 29 yards, TD | 3 targets, 2 receptions, 9 yards

Carlos Hyde: 1 target


James Robinson was running into walls all night. The 49ers defense was all over the field today making it impossible for the Jaguars to ever get their footing. The 49ers can be susceptible to the run if you get them moving down the line but the Jags were content to stick to their game plan of giving the rock to JRob, let him try to wiggle through the gap for four yards and try again. Unfortunately, that four yards shrank all the way down to 2.4 yards per attempt. Even in the passing game, he was targeted three times but never did anything with the opportunities. He did get in the endzone for a garbage time score, so at least the JRob fantasy managers were happy. A true silver lining.



And then there was Carlos Hyde. Yup.


Wide Receivers/Tight Ends


Marvin Jones Jr: 6 targets, 4 receptions, 52 yards

Laviska Shenault Jr: 5 targets, 5 receptions, 50 yards

Tavon Austin: 2 targets, 1 reception, 18 yards

Jamal Agnew: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 18 yards | 1 carry, 2 yards

Laquon Treadwell: 3 targets, 1 reception, 11 yards

John Brown: 1 target

Dan Arnold: 0 targets


Before you ask, Dan Arnold is fine and no, I have no idea why they felt the need to ignore him. Maybe he stole some of Trevor’s conditioner, maybe it’s because of the 49ers’ linebackers and a time of possession issue, I just don’t have the answers. Marvin Jones was spotty. Dropped a pass that would have been a rare first down, had one drive of almost exclusively being targeted, and then nothing else. Much like everyone else. Laviska Shenault played well. He coughed up a big fumble much like Aiyuk last week, but was one of only a few players that really moved the ball on offense. He had another big gain called back from a penalty but may get more snaps in the slot going forward.



The only thing worse than losing the game today for the Jags, was losing Jamal Agnew to injury. Urban Meyer in his postgame conference said it would be “devastating” and a “punch in the mouth” if it does turn out he’ll be done for the season. Meyer said they would know more tomorrow but he was very quick to jump on the question when asked by the reporter. It’s unfortunate and he’ll be missed in multiple phases of their offense and special teams.


Chris Sanzo (@Doombot12_FF on Twitter)

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