Week Three San Francisco 49ers Takeaways

The Los Angeles Rams defense makes a tackle

The Los Angeles Rams defense makes a tackle

Gurley posted 113 rushing yards, 36 receiving yards and three touchdowns, Goff threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns, and Watkins hauled in two touchdowns and 106 receiving yards. Instead of first-and-10 at the Rams 39, the 49ers faced third-and-20 from their own 40. "And, really, those are the kinds of things we expect from him".

The Rams traded for Sammy Watkins, in theory, to get Jared Goff a bona fide, No. 1, go-to wide receiver. "We were just going out there and making plays, just doing our assignment and the ball was finding us".

More importantly than statistics, though, is the intangibles Beathard, I think, brings to the table.

Both teams put on a scoring clinic, but the Rams never let the game out of their grasp, leading at halftime by a healthy 11-point margin with the help of three touchdowns from running back Todd Gurley. Next week, we've got Dallas.

After touchdowns in each of the Rams opening two games, including hurdling his way into the end zone against the Redskins last week, Gurley went through the gears in Thursday night's thrilling 41-39 shoot-out with NFC West rivals San Francisco.

"Oh the first play?"

The 49ers could also not stop the passing attack of Jared Goff. Last week, the Thursday night game was an exhibition in bad football.

On the bright side, the defense did come up huge on a San Francisco two-point conversion attempt, which would have tied the score had the Niners been successful. Goff and his offense out played and out hustled San Francisco throughout the game, especially in the first half. CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, who was starting in place of the injured Kayvon Webster, intercepted a pass on the first play of the game and returned it to the 3-yard line to set up Gurley's first TD of the night, which came on the next play. "I don't think there are any moral victories in the National Football League, especially with the way I played", San Francisco quarterback Brian Hoyer said in the wake of the 12-9 defeat to the Seahawks. The two teams they've beaten - the 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts - are a combined 0-5 on the year. Conversely, Rams bettors were looking for Los Angeles to win the game by three or more. Woods put up three catches for 65 yards on three targets in the first half alone.

Brian Hoyer showed that the 49ers offense can be a threat. But the 49ers should improve as the season goes on as All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman rounds back into shape after missing most of last season and rookies Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster (who won't play in this game because of a high ankle sprain) get their feet under them.

The Rams didn't run wild on the ground against the S.F. defense, although they did clear the 100-yard mark. If Carlos Hyde can find some running room like he did against Seattle, San Francisco may have just enough to pull off a mild upset at home. Hyde's 1-yard touchdown cut the lead down to two points.

They recovered a muffed punt, had a fumble recovery on a kickoff return and executed a successful onside kick. Just one replay angle shown. "They kind of crowd the box and man everybody up, and they have a lot of people in there to try and stuff the run". This season, the Raiders will get their chance to don their all-white outfits on October 19, when they host the Kansas City Chiefs, who will sport all red.

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