SF 49ers vs. NY Jets: 3 biggest threats to Niners in Week 2

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No. 1: SF 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo to face a lot of pressure on third down

Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams isn’t afraid to call upon the blitz, and one might expect New York to do this a lot on those 3rd-and-long situations where Jimmy Garoppolo has to rely upon both his arm and decision-making skills, as well as trusting a weakened pass-catching corps to pick up yardage.

If there’s a good note, the Jets surrendered 133 yards after the catch out of a total of 306 pass yards in Week 1, so there will be opportunities for Garoppolo to move the chains.

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But given some of the inaccuracy problems faced in Week 1, it’s fair to question Garoppolo and wonder if he can lift up the offense sans George Kittle and wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who is still out with a foot injury.

The pass attack in Week 1 didn’t work to perfection, particularly with San Francisco’s wide receivers getting only 11 targets over the course of the game. The SF 49ers getting wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and the rookie, Brandon Aiyuk, into the fray could help.

Yet it’s still up to Garoppolo to find them, particularly on third down.

A week ago, the Niners registered a paltry 2-of-11 mark on third downs while facing a Cardinals defense that blitzed only 27 percent of the time. New York, on the other hand, blitzed 34.6 percent of the time against Buffalo, and one would figure Williams would like to increase that number against a less-mobile Garoppolo.

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How Garoppolo responds could very well determine the outcome of the game.