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PFF grades and snap counts from the 49ers victory over Washington

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Armstead continued to wreck opposing offensive lines on Sunday

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The San Francisco 49ers beat Washington 9-0 in a game that felt like a three-score afternoon. Here are the snap counts on both sides of the ball, along with the five highest and lowest PFF grades for the 49ers.

Offense-64 snaps

QB - Jimmy Garoppolo: 64

RB - Tevin Coleman:

42 Matt Breida: 17

Jeff Wilson Jr.: 8

WR - Dante Pettis: 59

Kendrick Bourne: 57

Richie James Jr.: 32

Marquise Goodwin: 7

Jordan Matthews: 3

TE - George Kittle: 61

Ross Dwelley: 24

Levine Toilolo: 10

It felt like for the first time all season, an offensive lineman for the 49ers didn’t miss a snap. Each starter played all 64 snaps.

Goodwin was being evaluated for a head injury and left the game. He did return but only finished with seven snaps. Breida confirmed after the game that he was okay after Breida was poked in the eye on Sunday.

Top five PFF grades

Jeff Wilson Jr. 83.2

Justin Skule 72.6

George Kittle 71.3

Laken Tomlinson 70.7

Jimmy Garoppolo 70.4

Wilson was credited for 13 of his 20 yards after contact and avoided one tackle. I imagine his grade would have been much different had his fumble counted. It’s always nice to see your linemen make this list. It’ll be a shock if Kittle ever doesn’t make this list. Jimmy G making it may catch fans off guard as he completed 57% of his passes in the slop fest. Garoppolo’s grade was 88.5 under pressure, where he went 3-4 for 21 yards, and each of those completions went for first downs. I mentioned Garoppolo’s mobility. Two of those came where he had to make something happen and buy time with his legs.

Five worst graded Niners

Dwelley 60.4

Brunskill 59.6

Matthews 57.5

Goodwin 56.8

Pettis 50.3

Goodwin had a drop. There were a few times during the first half where Garoppolo had to scramble as none of the wide receivers could shake free. Some of that could be chalked up to poor footing. It looked like players were walking on eggshells to cut.

Defense-45 snaps

DeForest Buckner - DT: 40

Nick Bosa - DE: 38

Arik Armstead - DE: 37

Solomon Thomas - DT: 19

Dee Ford - DE: 15

Sheldon Day - DT: 14

Ronald Blair III - DE: 12

Julian Taylor: 6

Fred Warner - LB: 45

Kwon Alexander - LB: 45

Dre Greenlaw - LB: 14

Emmanuel Moseley - CB: 45

Richard Sherman - CB: 45

K’Waun Williams - CB: 30

Jaquiski Tartt - S: 45

Jimmie Ward - S: 45

Jimmie Ward has played 100% of the snaps in three consecutive games for just the second time in his career. The only other time he did, it was in 2017 when he played all the snaps from Weeks 3 thru 7.

Tough to tell how much of Ford’s snap counts were injury-related or Washington related. If a team isn’t going to throw the ball, especially in a hurricane, there’s no reason for Ford to play a ton of snaps. That’s an excellent job by Robert Saleh reading the situation. Having depth along the defensive line helps and having Arik Armstead as Ford’s replacement is a luxury.

Top five PFF grades

Armstead 89.5

Blair III 84.1

Williams 75.3

Taylor 71.0

Alexander 70.5

Alexander bounced back nicely after struggling mightily a week ago. Despite the conditions, Alexander’s speed showed up against Washington. Alexander forced a fumble and also recorded three stops.

Armstead’s career year continues as he also had three stops and recorded a sack. That sack gives Arik a new career-high.

Taylor played six snaps, but he had the big stop in the second quarter to stop a Washington drive.

Five worst graded Niners

Greenlaw 56.4

Ford 54.3

Thomas 52.2

Warner 48.9

Tartt 47.3

Greenlaw plays a position in base defense that isn’t going to allow him to make many plays. He does the dirty work.

Warner had a tackling grade of 28.5, but only missed one tackle. As you can imagine, other players that missed a tackle had higher tackling grades. How does that work? I’ll keep an eye on some of these performances once I rewatch the game.