SF 49ers: 5 best storylines over first half of 2020 season

A general view of helmets worn by the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Jeff Wilson #30 of the San Francisco 49ers with Kendrick Bourne #84 (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The halfway point of the SF 49ers season is in the books. Let’s recap and look at some positives from the first half.

The SF 49ers have officially played half of the 2020 season. The first eight games have certainly come with numerous storylines and controversies, but we can all agree we’re just happy to be watching football again.

As it stands, the SF 49ers are unfortunately sitting last in the NFC West with a 4-4 record. Against their division, they’re 1-2. The lone win was against the LA Rams while splitting losses to the Arizona Cardinals in the first game, then taking a difficult “L” to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon in Week 8.

The 49ers have had two winning streaks which include a sweep in New York against the Jets and Giants and recently defeating the Rams and New England Patriots.

Over the course of eight weeks, San Francisco has been dealt with numerous injuries. Coming into the matchup against top-seeded Seattle, the 49ers had 13 players on injured reserve, 112 player-games missed due to injury, and used 69 players: all lead the NFL.

Yet, somehow this team of misfits and unknowns is still sitting at .500. It’s not perfect. In fact, you could argue, both ways, how they should either be 6-2 or 0-8 with all the injuries.

They’ve been blown out of two games which were mostly due to the injury bug. Against the Miami Dolphins (all credit to them), quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was coming off a high-ankle sprain, which doesn’t seem like it’s fully healed. And Sunday against Seattle, the Niners lost Garoppolo, running back Tevin Coleman who just came back from injury, and once again had to suffer without tight end George Kittle near the end.

The games they’ve won have been won with authority, everyone buying in, and great game calling from the offense and defense. SF 49ers want more of it, every week.

But as mentioned at the top, we’re just happy to see football again. And we’ll start with the return to play as a first-half positive for the 2020 season.