The San Francisco 49ers came up just short in Week 3, losing a wild 41-39 Thursday Night Football game to the Los Angeles Rams. After a tough start, the 49ers offense got in gear and provided the most impressive output we’ve seen from this unit in some time.
It is not surprising then that somebody would get a nod on the Pro Football Focus team of the week for Week 3. I thought Pierre Garçon might get a nod, but this week, it’s Joe Staley showing up for the 49ers. Per PFF, Staley did not give up a single pressure on 46 pass blocking snaps.
Staley was one of a number of left tackles to have fine games this week, with Taylor Lewan in particular unfortunate to miss out. Staley didn’t allow any pressure on 46 pass blocking snaps against a formidable Rams defensive front this week, also run blocking well on the end of the line even if the running game as a whole wasn’t able to take advantage of it.
The 49ers offensive line still has interior issues, but showed improvement in Week 3. Trent Brown gave up his first pressure, following two straight weeks of no pressure. The interior of the line remains the primary problem, but in general, the offensive line has its work cut out for it after giving up four sacks to the Rams defensive front.
This week, the 49ers travel to face an Arizona Cardinals defensive front that has been strong against the run, and middle of the pack in rushing the passer. Football Outsiders ranks the Cardinals No. 2 in adjusted line yards allowed, but No. 20 in rushing the passer. Brian Hoyer needs all the time he can get facing a talented Cardinals secondary. If the Cardinals are able to contain Carlos Hyde, this game is going to rest on Hoyer’s shoulder. If he’s not able to remain on his feet, that will be just a little bit of a problem.