The San Francisco 49ers head into Week 4 of the NFL season, which means it’s prediction time once again! The 49ers had an a season-changing injury to their starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 3 and now turn to second-year quarterback C.J. Beathard to lead this offense. They might have a chance against a Joey Bosa-less Los Angeles Chargers defense, but it’s small, and an awful lot to ask of Beathard.
The predictions will include:
1. The first offensive play the 49ers will run/attempt to execute,
2. The first player on defense (not special teams) who will make a tackle, and
3. How the team’s first touchdown will be scored (if you think one will be scored).
Here are the ground rules for the predictions.
Offensive Play Prediction Guidelines: Try to be as specific as you can on what you think the 49ers’ first offensive play will be. Don’t just say “pass play” or “run play”. Instead, say “Beathard throws a slant route to Garçon for 7 yards” or “Alfred Morris runs right side and picks up three yards.” You can also predict incompletions, interceptions, fumbles, touchdowns, and even a safety if you really think that will happen on the first offensive play!
Defensive Tackle Prediction Guidelines: Predicting the first defensive play is much more obscure, so this one is a simpler category -- project who you think will make the team’s first tackle that does not come on special teams or a returned interception/fumble.
First Touchdown Against Los Angeles: If you do not think the 49ers will score a touchdown, then say “no touchdowns” as your answer. Otherwise, predict how you think the 49ers’ first offensive touchdown will be scored, along with the person(s) who will score. You can predict it to be on offense, defense, or special teams. If you predict a passing touchdown, name both the quarterback and the receiver.
Here is the template you can copy+paste for your comments:
First Offensive Play:
First Defensive Tackle:
Here are my predictions.
First Offensive Play: Handoff to Alfred Morris out of ‘I’ formation for three yards
First Defensive Tackle: DeForest Buckner of Melvin Gordon
First Touchdown: Afred Morris two-yard fade pass from C.J. Beathard