Week 9 features a big matchup in the NFC West, with the Arizona Cardinals traveling to face the San Francisco 49ers. NFL odds have the Cardinals as slight 1-point favorites.
The Cardinals are currently in first place in the division, with the Los Angeles Rams close behind. However, the Cardinals could drop to second place with a loss to the 49ers this weekend.
Bettors want to know if Kyle Shanahan’s offense is worth considering in Week 9. First, read on for a deep dive into San Francisco 49ers scoring trends. Then, explore how the team historically does against NFC West opponents.
49ers Scoring Trends Against the NFC West
The 49ers have not played many games against the NFC West this year. They played the Seattle Seahawks and the Cardinals in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively.
Both games were underwhelming from an offensive perspective. In the Week 4 loss to the Seahawks, the 49ers’ offense put up 21 points at home.
The following week on the road in Arizona, the 49ers’ offense scored just 10 points. Due to an injury to starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers relied on rookie Trey Lance.
Lance struggled in the passing game, completing just 52% of his attempts and throwing an interception. In Week 9, the 49ers will have the veteran Garoppolo back under the helm. This is sure to help, as the Cardinals’ game was the 49ers’ lowest-scoring game of the season.
49ers Offensive Analysis
The veteran QB Garoppolo leads the 49ers’ offense. Last week on the road against Chicago, Garoppolo had his best passing day of the season. He threw for 322 passing yards and also added in two rushing touchdowns.
Deebo Samuel is the star of the 49ers’ offense. Through seven games, Samuel has amassed 819 receiving yards. This broke a record set by Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.
Elijah Mitchell leads the running game. The rookie running back has 433 rushing yards in just five games.
Mitchell is averaging 5.3 yards per attempt and has added three rushing touchdowns. Last week against the Bears, Mitchell put up 137 rushing yards on just 18 attempts.
Perhaps the biggest news for the 49ers’ offense in Week 9 is the return of tight end George Kittle. The veteran tight end is the ultimate weapon and opens things up for Kyle Shanahan’s offensive game plan. Kittle is a tremendous blocker and also accrued more than 1000 receiving yards in 2018 and 2019.
The 49ers’ offense has struggled to execute this season. The passing attack is ranked 27th in the league, with just 1,782 yards through seven games. However, the 49ers are a better running team and are ranked 15th in the NFL with 866 yards on the ground.
San Francisco 49ers Week 9 Outlook
The 49ers’ offense has not performed well this season, and Week 9 is a challenging game. They will need to perform better offensively to get the win against the first-place Cardinals.
Barring a surprise, the 49ers’ offense is unlikely to score a lot of points. They scored just ten points in the first matchup with the Cardinals, albeit with rookie Lance under center.
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