After winning their first road game since December 2017 this past Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers are back in action this weekend as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Last weekend the 49ers defense started off the season with a bang as they forced four turnovers, including two pick-sixes in the 31-17, 49ers victory.
On the offensive side of the ball, Jimmy Garoppolo will look to turn things around after a rough start to his 2019 campaign, where he only threw for 166 yards. It is safe to say that the sixth year quarterback may have been rusty after missing the last 12 games of last season due to a torn ACL. ''I missed a couple throws that I think usually I would've hit,'' Garoppolo said. ''That's just part of it.''
Star tight end George Kittle will look to improve on his sluggish week one performance in which he hauled in eight receptions for only 54 yards. Even though the connection between Garoppolo and Kittle may have looked off, the third year tight end is still confident in his quarterback. “Jimmy is the reason we are going to win any games we are going to win,” Kittle said. “If he’s playing good, the whole offense is going to play good.”
Running back Tevin Coleman also went down with an ankle injury and will be out for a couple weeks. What was supposed to be a running back committee type setup, has seen Coleman and Jerrick McKinnon go down via injury. It is now up to last years’ team leader in rushing yards Matt Brieda to carry to the load for the time being.
Heading into Week 2 against the Niners have the opportunity to improve to 2-0 for the first time since the team made the Super Bowl back in 2012. Standing in the way of that goal is the Bengals, who put up a very strong effort in their week one performance on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. Although the Seahawks won the game 21-20, Cincinnati dominated the stat lines and the led the game in several key categories, including total yards, first downs, and time of possession. Sunday is also the home debut for new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who is very familiar with the 49ers defense, as he was the Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach last season.
The two teams last met in December of 2015 in a game that the Bengals won 24-14. Tune into the 49ers week two matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday at noon central on FOX.
Written By: Ryan Liedel
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