Offensive & Defensive X-Factors for San Francisco
In the few series the 49ers offense was on the field, they simply couldn’t produce. San Francisco notched one field goal with the starters, and Brian Hoyer was only 1-4 with 4 passing yards.
While the starters will not play the entire game, it’s going to be the most interesting to see how they fare in the time they are out on the field. Can they improve on their somewhat disappointing showing from last week? Is Hoyer able to get something going in the air? The offensive scheme worked with the back-up units; can that success be replicated for the starters?
And as previously mentioned, Beathard is now the No. 2 quarterback. It’s going to be somewhat of a showcase for the rookie, as he’ll most likely get an extended run in the game. The outcome of the game will probably rest in Beathard’s hands, heightening the importance for the first-year quarterback.
Run defense and Solomon Thomas
The success on the defense side of the ball was the most positive aspect of the game the 49ers could draw from last week’s matchup against the Chiefs. In particular, the defensive line was impressive. Allowing only 31 total rushing yards over a 48-minute period is no easy task.
More importantly, is Thomas able to again dominate the line of scrimmage like he was able to versus Kansas City? On numerous occasions, the rookie from Stanford was in the backfield, causing disruption.
Currently, Thomas is the No. 2 defensive end on the depth chart behind Tank Carradine. How much longer will that be the case for? Today’s game might play a role in the changing of that status.