The San Francisco 49ers fly cross country to New Jersey for a Sunday afternoon meeting against the New York Jets. The 49ers had a Super Bowl hangover in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were a popular selection plus the points on the road. Not only did they cover, but won straight up as 7-point underdogs.
Sloppy performance by the defending NFC champs, as they suffered a 24-20 loss to Kyler Murray and the Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium. Defending conference winners that went on to lose the Super Bowl seem to typically have a hangover of sorts the next year.
The 49ers just had to hold onto a fourth quarter lead in the Super Bowl and we’d be talking about defending champions of the NFL. Instead it was a rough offseason for the 49ers, as they had to suffer through the COVID-19 situation and reflect back on what could have been in Miami. The 49ers certainly didn’t look like a team that just went to the Super Bowl in Week 1.
That being said, it’s only one week, and Week 2 is the perfect overreaction week for the public. I don’t know if there’s anything to overreact over in regards to the Jets in Week 1. They were expected to lose against the Bills and that’s what happened. The Bills dispatched the Jets by a score of 27-17 with a textbook victory. Josh Allen passed for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns with no mistakes. He also rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
The Bills have an offense this season. Allen and the Bills putting up yards on the Jets isn’t any shocker. Fortunately for the Jets, they are getting a banged up 49ers’ offense coming to town in Week 2 on Sunday afternoon. Jimmy Garoppolo will be forced to turn lemons into lemonade in this game. That could easily happen against the Jets, but an afternoon game on the east coast can always be tricky. Head below for our free San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Jets pick for NFL Week 2 on September 20, 2020.
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The storyline for the 49ers going into Week 2 is the absence of the highest paid eight end in the NFL, George Kittle. He is expected to rejoin the team in West Virginia at some point during the week and will be unavailable on Sunday afternoon.
With Kittle out for Sunday, there aren’t many weapons for Jimmy G to target in this one. Remove Kittle from the lineup last week, and running back Raheem Mostert and fullback Kyle Juszczyk in receiving yards.
Four out of the top five pass catchers on the 49ers were running backs, tight ends, and a fullback. Kendrik Bourne was the only receiver on the 49ers that caught more than 30 yards in Week 1. In an attempt to provide Garoppolo with some help, the 49ers signed former Atlanta Falcon and Patriot, Mohamad Sanu, was recently signed by the Niners.
Don’t treat that as Sanu is suddenly in his prime again. The 49ers are just getting a little desperate with depth and had to sign the best option out there. He might be active on Sunday, but has not had time to learn the playbook. If Belichick cut him, that has to mean something.
Even if Sanu suits up, don’t expect him to play much of a role in this contest. Rookie Brandon Aiyuk is expected to make his debut in this one. He might develop into the most reliable wide receiver for Jimmy G here.
In any event, expect a heavy dose of Raheem Mostert on the ground. They will also use Mostert underneath on screens and short routes. It was effective last week, but I don’t expect the 49ers to light up the scoreboard on the east coast with this offense.
Keeping things simple could be more than enough for the 49ers to get the win in this game, though. The Jets are unlikely to put on an offensive show in this one, so the 49ers don’t have to force the issue with a banged up unit.
Do we see Sam Darnold lighting the 49ers up? Not with the offensive line he has to rely on. Sure, Richard Sherman will not be active this week, nor will Dee Ford, but trying to block Nick Bosa is going to be no fun for the Jets.
It’s an overhauled offensive line for the Jets with some potential, though they still need time to gel together. If Darnold doesn’t have time in the pocket, it’s hard to see Frank Gore carving out a path on the ground. It’s difficult to call for a lot of points in this contest. Expect to get to know both punters on Sunday afternoon.