In week two of the 2022 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 27-7. Despite a devastating injury to quarterback Trey Lance early in the game ending his season, the team rallied with quarterback Jimmy Garappolo to win the game. Here are my grades for each position on the 49ers for the second week of the NFL.
Offense Week Two Grade – B
The San Francisco 49ers put up 27 points against the Seattle Seahawks despite losing quarterback Trey Lance early in the game. To lose your starting quarterback is difficult, but the offense rallied together to get the win.
The 49ers offensive line stepped up this week, leaving quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to only be sacked once. This is a large improvement from last season when it seemed as though Garoppolo had to run for his life out there. The poor offensive line in the 2021 season was one of the reasons for Garoppolo’s shoulder injury, which he received surgery for in the offseason. The offensive line also gave Garoppolo enough time to throw passes downfield. Garoppolo totaled 154 passing yards. If the offensive line can continue to give him time to throw, hopefully, Garoppolo’s total yards can increase.
The 49ers totaled 189 rushing yards and 184 passing yards. The team scored three touchdowns, though only one of them was from a passing play from Garoppolo to tight end Ross Dwelley. While at the end of the day the team got the job done, there is room for improvement. The two rushing touchdowns came from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk.
Defense Week Two Grade- A
The 49ers’ defense once again had themselves a day. The defense totaled 52 total tackles and seven tackles for loss. Defensive End Nick Bosa had two sacks against Seattle. The defense also stood out when they had two interceptions by cornerback Charvarius Ward and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. There could have been a third interception from linebacker Fred Warner, but instead, it was called for a pass interference penalty. The 49ers defense definitely earned their week two grade of an A, and hopefully will continue to.
Special Teams Week Two Grade- B+
The special teams was the hardest position to assign a grade to. Punter Mitch Wishnowsky had a great game, after recently signing a four-year extension with the team. Wishnowsky punted for a total of 132 yards. Fortunately, the 49ers did not need to punt often. There was also a great play that resulted in a turnover in favor of the Niners from a punt by Wishnowsky. Before catching the ball, Seahawks wide receiver, Tyler Lockett was ran into by his own teammate. The ball ended up hitting him and was recovered by the 49ers. The turnover was on Seattle’s side of the field and set up the touchdown by Kyle Juszczyk.
Wide Reciever Ray-Ray McCloud was the team’s punt returner, totaling 23 return yards. This is a step up from past seasons where the team never really gained many yards on the punt returns. If McCloud keeps this up it can really help the team. The better the starting field position, the easier it will be for the 49ers’ offense to score.
Kicker Robbie Gould attempted three field goals and only made two. The missed field goal was blocked by Seattle and returned for a touchdown. The block was a strong play by the Seattle special teams, but it is something the 49ers will have to watch for and improve on going forward. Robbie Gould accounted for 9 of the 27 points for the team, making all three extra points as well.
In week three San Francisco 49ers face the Denver Broncos for Sunday Night Football.
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