49ersBeastWriter Review: San Francisco 49ers v. Buffalo Bills: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The San Francisco 49ers took a royal butt whooping from the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, as they lost in blowout fashion 45-16. A game that was Bills RB LeSean McCoy run wild for three touchdown scores, it’s the 49ers run defense that continues to give the team problems. Below is my breakdown, as I dissect what went wrong with the 49ers in my Beast Writer Review:


The Good

1. DE Arik Armstead

Play: 1st Quarter/9:45/1st & 10 @BUF 31 yard-line

Formation: 3-4 Base

Analysis: DE Arik Armstead shoots A-Gap unblocked en route to disrupting mesh-point between Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and McCoy. Armstead gets credit for strip/sack while college teammate DE DeForest Buckner reaps the benefits from recovering the fumble.


2. Kap Finds Wide-Open Smith for 53-Yard TD! (VIDEO)

Play: 2nd Quarter/13:55/1st & 10 @SF 47 yard-line

Analysis: Kaepernick hooks-up with WR Torrey Smith on corner-route for 53-yard touchdown score!

3. DE DeForest Buckner

Analysis: The 49ers first-round pick (No. 7) showed signs of life today, as he recorded career highs in tackles (9), sacks (2.0) and quarterback hits (3). A great sign to see from the Oregon product as he continues to gain valuable NFL experience. Good job, De-Fo.

The Bad

1. DE Arik Armstead  

Play: 2nd Quarter/13:25/2nd & 2 @BUF 33 yard-line

Formation: 3-4 Base

Analysis: Armstead get twisted/turned around while being unable to hold point of attack as two-gap defensive-end. As a result McCoy runs wild up middle for 38-yard gain.

2. Running Backs/Offensive Line

Analysis: 67. That’s the number of rushing yards the 49ers offensive line mauled up (Kap’s stats aside). Not nearly good enough. Combine that with a false start penalty by RT Trent Brown and holding penalty by RG Joshua Garnett and you have a recipe for grading out poorly as a unit.

3. QB Colin Kaepernick Displays Downfield Inaccuracy

Kaepernick misfired on two crucial downfield throws. The first was WR Torrey Smith on a post-route and the second was a wheel-route to RB Shaun Draughn down left sideline. Both plays occurred in first-quarter. To make matters worse, Kap was extremely inaccurate throwing intermediate passes throughout the day, evident by completing only 13 of 29 passes for 187 yards.

The Ugly

1. 49ers allow 313 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns! (VIDEO)

Analysis: The defense was downright awful. Anytime a defense gives up 300+ yards and four rushing touchdowns on the ground, it’s straight up laughable.

2. DE/OLB Tank Carradine and OLB Ahmad Brooks

Play: 2nd Quarter/1:32/1st & 10 @SF 38 yard-line

Formation: 4-2 Base

Analysis: Carradine stacks and sheds only to then whiff on a tackle which was meaningless anyways…why? Ball was ran opposite side off read-option and Carradine had no idea. To make matters worse, OLB Ahmad Brooks was out to “get his” and missed his assignment, as he neglected to set edge in run support leaving his defensive backs behind out to dry.

3. Missed Tackles (21)

Analysis: The team had 21 missed tackles. Day one mistakes continue…

WR Aaron Burbridge

DE DeForest Buckner

DE Ronald Blair

Aaron Lynch (3)

ILB Nick Bellore (3)

ILB Michael Wilhoite (2)

OLB Ahmad Brooks (2)

CB Rashard Robinson (2)

CB Tramaine Brock

CB Keith Reaser

FS Eric Reid (3)

SS Antoine Bethea


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