Nick Bosa should tee off vs. 49ers’ first 2 opponents this season

Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

49ers EDGE Nick Bosa was snubbed for an All-Pro nod in 2021, but his getting off to a hot start this season should be relatively easy.

It’s not hard to look back in hindsight and fully admit two-time San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl pass-rusher Nick Bosa was an absolute All-Pro snub in 2021.

Bosa lost out on either a first- or second-team designation, and perhaps the voters made a mistake in naming Los Vegas Raiders EDGE Maxx Crosby an All-Pro over Bosa.

Crosby was great last year, yes. But Bosa’s 15.5 sacks and a league-best 21 tackles for a loss can’t be ignored either, especially in the wake of his torn ACL suffered early in 2020.

Alas, all that’s in the past now. However, with the Niners looking to offer Bosa what promises to be a lucrative contract extension a little less than a year from now, the former No. 2 overall NFL Draft pick out of Ohio State will want to have a career-best kind of year in 2022.

And he should be able to start those efforts off on the right foot.

Nick Bosa, 49ers’ pass rush can thrive over first 2 weeks

San Francisco can feel pretty good about its opening two games of the calendar year, traveling to take on the Chicago Bears in Week 1 before coming home to Levi’s Stadium and hosting the rebuilding Seattle Seahawks in Week 2.

While there’ll be plenty of key X-factors and matchups to watch for both contests, Bosa and the 49ers’ crop of pass-rushers should be proverbially “licking their chops” at the opportunity.

Speaking of that opportunity, guess which teams were ranked Nos. 31 and 32 by Pro Football Focus in terms of best offensive lines heading into 2022?

The Bears and Hawks, respectively.

Yes, Chicago’s O-line was next to worst, and while there’s hope second-year pros Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom improve, there’s little to suggest the Bears will put a lot of distance between now and finishing 2021 with the most sacks allowed (58).

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Seattle did invest serious capital in rebuilding the offensive line during the offseason, using first- and third-round draft picks on tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas, respectively.

Those two have been solid during the preseason, yes, but PFF is still bearish about the O-line as a whole:

"There’s quite obviously a lot of hope for the future with the talent Seattle has brought into the fold, but this has crash-and-burn potential. Starting two rookie offensive tackles — both from Air Raid offenses — is a scary proposition. And considering Gabe Jackson’s decline in recent years, there’s not a single quality starter this unit can rely on."

Plus, rookies being rookies, Bosa lining up opposite Cross or Lucas still provides an advantage in the Pro Bowler’s favor.

One which will likely lead to a red-hot start to kick off the new season.

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