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The San Francisco 49ers Are in a must win game in week 3
Posted By Jason Rossi On Sep 23 2010 @ 7:13 pm In San Francisco 49ers | No Comments
Week 3’s loss to the Saints had moments were it can be argued there were moral victories. I made some of those arguments in my week 3 recap blog. However, moral victories will not get a team into the playoffs. Week 3 is a must win for the 49ers. Stamped it and no erasies.
The 49ers travel to Arrowhead stadium to face the surprising 2-0 Kansa City Chiefs. A short few weeks ago this game was listed as an “easy win”. It’s amazing what a month can do.
Looking at the statistics, the 49ers lead the Chiefs in total yards per game (340 yards to 254.4), passing yards per game (244.5 yards to 117 yards). However, the Chiefs lead in two key areas: points scored per game (18.5 for the Chiefs and 14 for the 49ers) and points allowed per game (only 14 for the Chiefs and 28 for the 49ers). There is also an intangible that the statistics do not show; the Chiefs have found ways to win games. The 49ers had an opportunity on Monday but did not capitalize.
So what do the 49ers need to do to win the game? Well, to start, they need to continue playing offense like they did against the Saints – minus the turnovers. I will also say that the defense will have to up their game a little. The 49ers secondary won’t be challenged with Matt Cassel at QB, but the front seven will have to face the 5th ranked rushing attack.
Special teams will be another key to victory. With the explosive Dexter McCluster returning punts, punt coverage will be very important for the 49ers. But, if the 49ers play a sound offensive game with long, sustaining drives, hopefully McCluster won’t have the opportunity to field too many punts.
So once again, the 49ers need to do the same things they have had to do in the first two weeks: protect the ball and minimize mistakes. If they do that they will get their first win of the season and 49er nation can take a deep breath. But if they don’t…….
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