Pro Football Focus’ Week 2 “NFL Team of the Week” features San Francisco 49ers LB Kwon Alexander, EDGE Ronald Blair and RB Raheem Mostert — who barely edged out fellow back Matt Breida for top honors at the position.
The San Francisco 49ers‘ 41-17 blowout victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 of the 2019 NFL regular season produced some gaudy stat lines and a number of standout performances by key contributors. Three of those players — running back Raheem Mostert, linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive end Ronald Blair — were recognized by Pro Football Focus (PFF) in their “NFL Team of the Week” for Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season.
For the second consecutive week, tight end George Kittle earned the 49ers’ top offensive grade, but the Niners’ star was bested by TEs Will Dissly of the Seattle Seahawks and Mark Andrews of the Baltimore Ravens, who were both impressive as receiving threats in their respective matchups.
However, San Francisco’s offense did feature PFF’s top running back unit of the week, led by Mostert, who racked up 151 scrimmage yards and a touchdown for an overall offensive grade of 85.6:
Mostert’s backfield counterpart Matt Breida was perhaps more impressive in the contest, but the second-year runner barely missed the cut with an offensive grade of 85.4. Instead, Mostert’s touchdown and his effectiveness as a receiver catapulted him onto PFF’s list of the best players from Week 2:
"Mostert averaged 6.4 yards per carry with a whopping 4.6 of those yards coming after contact. Forcing three missed tackles on 13 carries, he picked up four first downs and had three carries of 10 or more yards. He also made an impact as a receiver out of the backfield, with three catches for 68 yards. -Gordon McGuinness"
Alexander earned the highest grade among the three 49ers with an overall defensive grade of 91.5. The Niners’ free-agent acquisition flew around the field on Sunday, and played particularly well against the pass:
"Alexander also makes the PFF Team of the Week after a huge performance in coverage for the 49ers on Sunday. He was targeted six times, allowing just three receptions for 18 yards, and he also came away with two pass breakups and an interception. -Gordon McGuinness"
Blair had a standout game at defensive end as a run defender and as a pass rusher, which PFF recognized with his 90.7 overall defensive grade. Fellow EDGE Nick Bosa provided little competition for Blair, as the rookie was graded poorly by PFF despite leading all edge rushers in quarterback pressures:
"Blair had a really nice all-round game for the 49ers this week, starting with his work as a pass-rusher. He registered a sack and two hurries from 23 pass-rushing snaps and finished the game with another three tackles that resulted in a defensive stop. -Gordon McGuinness"