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4 winners & 6 losers from 49ers-Cardinals

The 49ers lose their fourth straight game. There were some positives, but mostly negatives from the 49ers Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. We break down the winners and losers.

The San Francisco 49ers lost another bad one, this time losing 33-21 to the Arizona Cardinals. There were positives to the games, but also some big negatives. Here are a look at some winners and losers coming out of Week 5.


Rashard Robinson: For the second straight week, the rookie cornerback did some really good work. Robinson has started two straight games, and as a cornerback, has not really had any bad moments. The running into the kicker penalty was a big one, but as a cornerback, Robinson is looking like the real deal.

Jeremy Kerley: Imagine what the 49ers offense would look like if they had not traded for Kerley a week and a half before the season started? They dealt Brandon Thomas to the Lions and it is looking like the steal of the year. Kerley caught eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown, and was the only receiver Blaine Gabbert would find with any regularity.

Colin Kaepernick: Thursday’s passing struggles brought out the “We Want Kap!” chants. Kaepernick could end up not offering anything better, but at some point there’s going to be a change.

Carlos Hyde: He had a rushing touchdown, and while he only averaged 3.5 yards per carry, it was a grinding day for him. That rushing TD was his sixth in the first five games of the season. The 49ers single season franchise record is ten.


Blaine Gabbert: He had two good drives that led to two touchdowns. We’ll give him that. But his inconsistency is maddening. After weeks of short-hopping receivers on passes, he decided this was the week to overthrow them in a big way. He had two particularly notable wide open receivers (Garrett Celek, Rod Streater) and air-mailed it. But more importantly, Chip Kelly said after the game the team is assessing everything, and seemed to leave the door open to a QB change over the next ten days.

Tramaine Brock: Like Gabbert, the 49ers cornerback actually had some strong moments. The problem is they were wildly overshadowed by a pair of bad touchdowns given up to Larry Fitzgerald. Once Jimmie Ward is healthy, the 49ers have to go with Ward and Robinson, on the outside, right? Or do they move Ward back into the slot role?

NFL taunting rules: These rules are so absurd. I get that Hyde should have just flexed without doing it in Marcus Cooper’s face, but the NFL’s attempts to legislate emotion out of the game is ridiculous.

49ers organization: We’ll have more on it, but while the team will claim TNF was a sell-out, the turnstile for the 70,000 seat stadium is likely to be closer to 35,000 or 40,000. A week-day primetime game will have issues with Bay Area rush hour traffic, but we’re going to see more of these poor turnstiles as the team continues to struggle.

Torrey Smith: Proof the witness protection program does great work.

49ers run defense: I know Tramaine Brock has struggled, but I’m still amazed the Cardinals let Drew Stanton attempt 28 passes. David Johnson still had a big day of work, rushing 27 times for 157 yards. The 49ers got some stops, and Nick Bellore was better than I expected, but as expected, Johnson ran over the 49ers run defense with relative ease.