Here is how the Niners’ divisional rivals did in Week 4:
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was brilliant again in this game, throwing for 360 yards and two touchdowns, but this wasn’t an easy win by any means. The Dolphins squandered five promising drives that ended in field goals. Miami’s head coach Brian Flores was also too conservative on a scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. The Dolphins were trailing 17-12 and had a fourth-and-5 on Seattle’s 11-yard line. Flores decided to kick the field goal, but the Seahawks scored a touchdown on their next drive, essentially ending any hope for Miami.
Seattle’s defense is its weak point. The unit gave up 415 yards to an offense led by Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Seahawks have played an easy schedule so far, with their opponents combining for a 4-10 record going into tonight’s Monday Night Football double-dip. Seattle should stay undefeated with another weak team on the schedule.
Next up: vs. Minnesota Vikings
New York had a chance to tie it up late, driving down to L.A.’s 18-yard line with less than a minute to go. Unfortunately, Daniel Jones was picked off by Darious Williams, ending any hope of a Giants win.
Although the game itself was a dud, Jalen Ramsey and Golden Tate provided some fireworks with their scrap at the end of the game. It remains to be seen if the NFL will discipline Ramsey for his role in the scuffle.
The Rams should get another win next week, which seems to be the case when any team plays against an NFC East squad.
Next up: @ Washington Football Team
The 49ers season-opening loss to the Cardinals looks a little worse now, especially considering everyone was healthy. Arizona has lost back-to-back games against teams that aren’t expected to contend for a playoff spot.
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray completed 24 passes for just 133 yards, for an average of only 5.5 yards per completion. The second-year QB did have three touchdown passes, but the offense as a whole struggled, putting up just 262 total yards. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins was kept in check with seven catches for only 41 yards, and running back Kenyan Drake had a tough outing before leaving the game with an arm injury in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers’ offense controlled the tempo of the game and finished with 444 yards of total offense. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 276 yards and two scores and added a highlight-reel 18-yard touchdown run.
Arizona should get back on track next week when it plays one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Next up: @ New York Jets
What do you think of the other NFC West teams at the quarter mark of the season?