SF 49ers position grades from lopsided Week 3 win vs. NY Giants

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Dion Jordan, SF 49ers
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SF 49ers Offensive, Defensive Lines


The cracks will be covered over a bit by the blowout win, but the team desperately needs George Kittle back because the offensive line did struggle a bit against the lowly Giants.

Two sacks on the day doesn’t explain how badly the team was getting beaten, but the seven tackles for loss might give a clearer idea.

To the credit of the offensive line, they got better as the game got on and there were plays where the blocking was perfect (the Jeff Wilson touchdown reception and Brandon Aiyuk touchdown run being highlights), but there still needs to be improvement for when the SF 49ers play elite pass-rushers.


Similar to the Giants, the two sacks on the day don’t quite accurately tell how well the 49ers defensive line performed on the day.

It was a weak offensive line they were playing, to be sure, but it’s not exactly the defensive line of last season that the 49ers had either.

EDGE Kerry Hyder was the pick for the day with some great plays and a sack, but rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw had some moments of his own, too.

Even Dion Jordan, who was routinely being shoved around by camp bodies in preseason, got himself a sack of his own.

The team should improve when EDGE Dee Ford returns and fellow pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah is more integrated into the defense.