It’s three weeks into the 2017 NFL season, and the San Francisco 49’ers, while looking better in a 2-point loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week, are still looking for win number one this season.
Their play at times under new head coach Mike Shanahan has looked more like rugby than American Football, speaking of which you can check out all Rugby League odds at William Hill and compare them with how the Niners have played in their first three losses.
The losses have been ugly, a bad loss to the Carolina Panthers in week one, a three-point loss to the Seahawks in week two, and then last Thursday’s two-point setback to the Rams.
Some think that the Niners are ready to turn the corner. Include quarterback Brian Hoyer in that mix, who felt the team took another step forward on Thursday night. Remember at one point the team was down 41-26 with 8:43 to play before the Niners were able to rally to make it a game late.
“I think we have the right people in that locker room and the right coaches,” Hoyer said. “Once we put it together it’ll be good.”
When will this team be good? Are they really ready to finally take that final step forward on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, a team that got off to a quick start before falling at home Monday night to the Dallas Cowboys?
San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh might just be the key to making sure this Niners team can get a win against the Cardinals.
The defense had an awful showing last week allowing Rams quarterback Jared Goff to throw for close to 300 yards and three scores, and make plays when the Rams needed them most.
It will be up to that defense, which in total has allowed 66 points in just three games, to slow down Cardinals offensive weapons Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and new running back Chris Johnson, who is taking over for David Johnson who is out with an injury.
Hoyer and the Niners offense can put up 29 points a week, but until the defense starts to find a way to start slowing down other teams, it’s really not going to matter.
If Hoyer and that offense can stay in games, and the defense can slow down opposing teams, there’s a good chance that the Niners are finally going to get in the win column at some point in 2017.
Here’s hoping it’s this week against the Cardinals.