Niner Noise recaps the San Francisco 49ers’ NFL preseason opener for 2018, as they hosted the Dallas Cowboys, and breaks down all that was good, bad and especially ugly from Thursday night’s action.
OK, so we have three more weeks of this, San Francisco 49ers fans. But at least we can be happy knowing Niners football will be a regular occurrence between now and the end of 2018. That’s reassuring.
The Niners hosted the visiting Dallas Cowboys for Week 1 of the preseason Thursday night, winning 24-21 when it was all said and done.
Yet final scores during these exhibition bouts mean little. Instead, it’s about getting players accustomed to the rigors of game preparation against another team, allowing units to jell and providing opportunities for guys on the roster bubble to shine.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad hopes to have accomplished that, and more, last night.
Shanahan’s starters didn’t see a ton of action, which is to be expected for the majority of preseason football. And some, like cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring) and defensive tackle Arik Armstead (hamstring), didn’t play at all.
And there were more injuries that made their way into the game, unfortunately.
As we’ll do during the regular season, Niner Noise recaps the 49ers’ exhibition opener by looking at all those things good, bad and ugly. Since it’s preseason, there’s a little more to the ugly side than we’d otherwise like to admit.
But, heck. It’s good to get the bad fluff out of the way now instead of later, right?