No. 1: 49ers Are Close to Full Strength
Just think, the Niners embarrassed the Panthers without their two starting tackles, Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, minus their No. 2 cornerback, Ahkello Witherspoon, and also missing perennial Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk.
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Juszczyk’s role allows Kyle Shanahan to do a lot, both through the air and on the ground. He’ll return soon from his knee injury, while Staley and Witherspoon could feasibly return in Week 9 against the Cardinals.
McGlinchey should be back not long afterwards, possibly in the middle of November.
The point of all this is San Francisco has proverbially “weathered the storm” amid a slew of injuries, which would have likely derailed the team’s chances a season or two ago. And with a statement win over the Panthers, the 49ers have shown they have adequate depth to absorb some of these key injuries.
Now, with these players nearing returns, the Niners are only poised to make some improvement upon what has already been a dominant four-game stretch.
Opposing teams looking at San Francisco’s 51-13 win over Carolina won’t like thinking about that.