4 hard realities 49ers taught us in Week 7 loss vs. Chiefs

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Turnover differential hurting the 49ers

Perhaps the most glaring reason why the Niners are in the position they are in is because of their turnover differential. As it stands, San Francisco has a minus-3 turnover ratio, and it wasn’t much better before they played the Chiefs either.

When it comes to interceptions, the 49ers are flush with takeaways and giveaways at six. However, when it comes to fumbles, they have given away six and only managed to recover three.

Jimmy Garoppolo has also taken two safeties this season when backed up in his own end zone, and putting things bluntly, that’s two more than he should have taken.

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It seems like a no-brainer, but the Niners need to be more aggressive and force more turnovers. They’ve had a number of potential interceptions hit off defenders’ hands, and they need to make absolutely sure they reel those in.

Finally, they just need to be more careful with the ball. And that starts with the quarterback.

The 49ers have the Rams next week, and that could be a great bounce-back game. Garoppolo just needs to make sure he takes care of the ball and doesn’t make careless turnovers.

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