Another week, another loss for the San Francisco 49ers. Week 7 was more of the same story as QB Colin Kaepernick couldn’t get it going, the 49ers’ run defense was again awful, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by QB Jameis Winston and WR Mike Evans ran all over the Niners en route to a 34-17 victory.
Like most games they’ve played so far, the 49ers struck first on the first drive. A couple of long passes from Kaepernick and some successful rushes for RB Mike Davis, who filled in for injured RB Carlos Hyde, led to a touchdown on the first drive.
Kaepernick doesn’t look bad out there. Hopefully this isn’t premature……….. #NinersvsBucs
— Tej Kamaraju (@TejKSports) October 23, 2016
After a couple of drives that went nowhere for both teams, LB Gerald Hodges finally made an appearance as he picked off Winston, ran for 21 yards, and put the 49ers in scoring position at the 17-yard line. On the final play of the first quarter, Kaepernick threw a perfect dime to RB Shaun Draughn for the touchdown to put the Niners up 14-0.
On the next drive, Winston found WR Mike Evans for the touchdown to pull the Bucs within 7.
I’m starting to wonder if Jim O’Neil even knows who Mike Evans is considering he keeps getting matched up w a linebacker #49ers
— Al Sacco (@AlSacco49) October 23, 2016
After a couple of successful throws, the Kaepernick threw an awful interception to S Bradley McDougald. In the red zone, Winston was flagged for unsportsman like conduct, resulting in a 38-yard field goal to bring the Bucs within 4, 14-10.
Another failed 49er drive led to a touchdown drive for the Bucs. So after having a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, the 49ers again imploded to trail 17-14 at halftime.
Things only got worse in the second half. RB Jacquizz Rodgers had a career day for the Bucs with 26 carries for 154 yards; he was unstoppable against the 49ers’ defense, of course. A field goal for the Bucs and a touchdown after a Kaepernick fumble had them up 27-14 midway through the third.
A meaningless field goal towards the end of the game was all the 49ers could tack on as they suffered another humiliating loss in a game where they had a chance.
Poor rushing defense and poor quarterback play have now become common themes in the 49ers’ weekly games. Will it be so bad that they can’t even get another win this season?