49ers studs and duds from strong Week 8 victory vs. Rams

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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The 49ers picked up a much-needed win heading into their bye week, and let’s look at the studs and duds from this Week 8 victory over the Rams.

The San Francisco 49ers must wish they could play the Los Angeles Rams every week, once again sweeping the regular-season series against them with a comprehensive 31-14 victory on Sunday.

While the Rams are admittedly not the same team they were last year when they won the Super Bowl, the Niners were reeling once again under the weight of numerous injuries.

The result was a fair fight that bookmakers had as a pick ’em before kickoff.

With a slow first half, meaning San Francisco entered the locker room at a 14-10 deficit, coupled with the inability to stop Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp from wreaking havoc, the team was staring down the barrel of a 3-5 deficit that would set them up for a difficult second half of the season.

But the 49ers rallied, and a flawless second half saw them once again put the Rams to the sword and give them a 4-4 record heading into the bye. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans made the right adjustments at the break and stymied Los Angeles.

The key will be the extra week allowing the Niners to bring back much-needed personnel. While they won’t get everybody back that they would like, a mostly healthy team would still be a scary proposition for opponents.

Both the offense and the defense had their high and low points, primarily the former, and we’ll be taking a look at them now.

Time to separate the studs from the duds in Week 8.