49ers vs. Bengals: 1st half reactions

 

The San Francisco 49ers offense has looked completely stale outside of a long pass to TightEnd Vernon Davis it’s been mostly bland as usual.  They managed just 1 first down through the first 1 quarter and a half of play.  The defense other than an awful 1st possession has looked good.  It started when the team held strong with a goal line stand forcing a Field Goal.  Continued as the 49ers forced 4 consecutive punts to end the half. 

 

Field position has been a huge problem for the 49ers many of their drives started inside their own 20 yard line. 

Some injury scares also as Safety Donte Whitner was taken out of the game as was Center Jonathan Goodwin who returned the next series.   Vernon Davis was slow to get up after a nice 1st down completion in which he dragged his man across the line but returned the same drive. 

Chilo Rachal was called for several penalties and the offense suffered due to inconsistent play on the right side of the line with him and RT Anthony Davis committing many mental mistakes.  With Goodwin back in the lineup at C it will be interesting to see if Adam Snyder starts out at RG in the 2nd half. 

Alex Smith does not look sharp, he’s not quick to go through his progressions-seems to me that the pressure is getting to him a little bit. 

Frank Gore looks good, when he has even a slight chance he’s making something of it.   We’ve seen more of Kendall Hunter in the 1st half than we have all season. 

 Bottom line, the defense has done it’s job for the most part, other than a muffed punt the Special Teams are fine.  The offense needs to get it going here in the 2nd half, sustain some drives and get some momentum. 

The 49ers receive first let’s see how they play this week in the 2nd half, hope it’s nothing like last week.

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