Week 9: The Cardinals defeat the 49ers; officially the 0–9ers
49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard was hit 16 times as the Cardinals rolled through another ugly NFC West matchup
Cardinals 20 49ers 10
Similar to when they faced each other in Week 4, it was another grinder as the Cardinals handed the 49ers their ninth consecutive loss of the season. Injuries continue to play a big role for the 49ers descent.
San Francisco 49ers
C.J. Beathard is Alive — The rookie quarterback took another beating this past Sunday with a battered offensive line. Beathard was sacked four times but more notably, he was hit 16 times! While the tackles fared well, the interior line play was atrocious. Left guard Laken Tomlinson allowee three sacks, one hit, and two hurries while center Daniel Kilgore allowed one sack, two hits, and one hurry — they finished with 43.2 and 59.8 PFF grades, respectively. Sure, some of the blame should fall on the shoulders of Beathard – who continues to hold on to the ball too long – but the team isn’t executing. The 49ers’ receivers had fives drops this game, making is 29 drops for the the season (most in the NFL).
Foster Finishes a Game! — 49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster finally finished a game without injury and his impact was felt. Foster finished with 14 total tackles, leading not just the team but all NFL defenders this week. It was a complete game, playing 75 of 77 snaps to earn an overall Pro PFF grade of 84.9. There aren’t many bright spots for the 49ers so to see a complete game from Foster is promising.
AP Brought His Lunchbox — After gaining 21 rushing yards on 11 carries last game, the Cardinals’ coaching staff promised to give Adrian Peterson a heavy workload against the 49ers. They weren’t kidding. The 32-year-old Peterson got a whopping 37 carries for 159 rushing yards; he forced eight missed tackles with 110 of his 159 rushing yards coming after contact. Through three games as a Cardinal, Peterson has amassed 84 carries for 314 rushing yards after getting just 21 carries for 84 yards with the New Orleans Saints.
With Drew Stanton as their quarterback, I have feeling Peterson will continue to receive a heavy workload and has now become the focal point of their offense.
The Cardinals came into this game with a simple game plan: hit the quarterback and run the ball. They accomplished both feats and more; it was encouraging to see the Cardinals air it out with a 50-yard completion to John Brown on the opening drive.
Conversely, the 49ers continued to battle but the injuries continue to pile up week after week – safety Jaquiski Tartt broke his arm. It makes you wonder if it is in their best interest to put quarterback Jimmy Garropollo next week given their current state.
The San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants.
The Arizona Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks.