I’m excited to watch the Niners offense today, as is everyone. The Miami Dolphins have zero pass rush, so they’re just what the doctor ordered for San Francisco’s struggling offensive line. Hopefully, today serves as a confidence builder for the 49ers moving forward. Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Deebo Samuel has passed through protocols and is expected to play against Miami.
With Jimmy G back in the fold, the 49ers’ offense likely will lean on the pass game more than it has over the past few games with Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard playing QB.
Luckily for the 49ers, Miami has one of the NFL’s least successful pass defenses, ranking dead last in net yards per pass attempt allowed and last in total yards per play surrendered.
Now that George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are healthy and together in the 49ers’ huddle, Garoppolo likely will be able to pick apart the Dolphins’ defense with relative ease.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see at least one or two of the pass-catchers listed above to top 100 yards receiving. Garoppolo should have a big day, and the 49ers should score early and often.
The NFL brainiacs that opined QBs Nick Mullens and Jimmy Garoppolo were comparable – or, dare I say, Mullens was preferable – were completely wrong. Mullens is a substantial downgrade from Jimmy G. What an absolutely terrible take. I am trying to reverse-engineer that awfulness and the only thing I can come up with is that they have the same yards per attempt for their careers (8.3). I don’t know, insert Nick Young-question mark meme.
Mullens has the same amount of losses in 10 starts (six) as Jimmy G does in 28. The average score of Mullens’ started games is 22.5-23.3 while in Jimmy G starts, his team wins on average of 28.6-20.7. There’s never been a 49ers team that Mullens could win with and Jimmy G could not. Jimmy G played in last year’s Super Bowl and Mullens didn’t.
It figures to get harder though when they enter a second quarter of the season that features a home game vs. the Rams and back-to-back road games at New England and at Seattle.
That’s where Garoppolo comes in. His two performances against Arizona last season, as well as his stellar showing at the Superdome against the Saints come to mind when considering what the 49ers may need from their quarterback.
There aren’t a lot of reasons Garoppolo shouldn’t be able to produce at a higher level in the event San Francisco has to lean on their passing attack. While that sounds like a quarterback’s dream scenario, it’s one that puts a lot of pressure on the 49ers’ signal caller.
Out of the four matchups the 49ers have played so far this year, zero of them have gone over 50 points. Flipping things around and looking at the Dolphins, two of their four matchups have exceeded a total of 50 points.
I expect this game to go well under. I have a hard time seeing the 49ers allowing the Dolphins to score enough points for this game to exceed the line of 50.
I like the 49ers by 10.
Final Prediction: Dolphins 17 - 49ers 27.
Samuel is eligible to play after being cleared through a late-in-the-week round of testing for the novel coronavirus. He experienced flu-like symptoms this week but was not placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. That means he tested negative.
Even the common cold warrants uncommon attention.
Samuel took part in the position and team meetings via video conference on Friday, Shanahan said.
At this point, the 49ers want to keep the Dolphins guessing whether Samuel will be available to play. He is expected to play because the illness, at this stage, is not keeping him out.
The NFL has fined running back Jerick McKinnon $9,857 for unnecessary roughness during the San Francisco 49ers’ game last weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
As Pelissero stated, the play occurred during McKinnon’s fourth-quarter touchdown. There was no in-game penalty on the play, which you can watch below.