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, but all in all we see a unit playing together and growing. Versus the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, and Kirk Cousins the defense stood tall. While the outcome of those games didn’t fall in our favor, there were some positives to take away. This week they face another challenge in rookie running back Saquon Barkley. Regardless of the Giants overall performance, Barkley is having an outstanding season. Currently he’s averaging a respectable 4.7 yards per carry, and 64.9 yards rushing per game behind one of the leagues worst offensive lines. PFF has them ranked 27th. Fred Warner and Malcolm Smith will be the matchup with Barkley in the passing game, where he’s even more dangerous. He’s got 71 targets this season and gaining an average of 8.7 yards a reception (ESPN.com). Fooch also brought a great stat to my attention, Football Outsiders ranks Barkley seventh in the NFL among pass catching backs, while our defense ranks 14th in defending running backs in the passing game. Kyle Shanahan was quoted in his Thursday presser as saying Pierre Garcon jersey
, This will be the key to the 49ers success on Monday night. In watching the tape Barkley makes the first guy miss a lot, it’s like clock work. He’s just got that wiggle that not many runners have. Last week, in my defensive piece, I touched on the improvement by the defense when it came to swarming to the ball. They’re going to need to continue to build on that trend. Let’s get into the film.Our first 3 clips come from Week 2 vs. the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants do a good job of creating deliberate swing passes for Barkley, but he’s also often times just a check down and he makes something out of nothing. Watch the first tackler in each clipSwing pass left.Swing pass RightFlat route during the blitz. Robert Saleh will need a solid coverage plan when he brings pressure.Week 5 vs. the Carolina Panthers Barkley had four catches for two touchdowns. Here’s one of those touchdowns from the red zone. The Panthers try a zone blitz concept, something we’ve seen Saleh use. They blitz the linebackers and try to cover Barkley with a defensive end. Barkley is by his man within a few steps, and then jumps into the end zone from about five yards out. It’s important that we get bodies to the ball. While Barkley can consistently move the chains with these check downs and swing passes, when given space and blockers he can turn a simple screen into a big play. Against Philadelphia in Week 6 he went off. Count the broken tackles on this highlight.Jimmie Ward has been great at free safety in my opinion. He will be vital in keeping big plays from happening. Keeping the ball in front of him and taking accurate angles will give the defense a chance to get off the field and limit scoring plays. In our next big play clip, both Eagles safeties are caught sleeping on the play Authentic Laken Tomlinson jersey
, before they can even open their stride Barkley is gone.In our final clip, Barkley does his best Barry Sanders impression. Again, the 49ers game plan this week should be all defenders to the ball. No loafing, no jogging, no “I thought you had him.” In space Barkley simply will not go down one on one.The 49ers have the personnel to compete. The Giants offense is more talented than their record lets on, but in the words of Bill Parcells, “You are what your record says you are.” Monday night will be a matchup two teams looking to meet their potential and overcome.Defensively, I’d consider marking Barkley early and force Eli Manning to win throwing the ball down the field. Short zones, and spying Barkley would be an effective plan. We have to trust Sherman to contain OBJ Youth Marquise Goodwin jersey
, varying help over the top. The rest of the defense needs to be keyed on Barkley in the flats. Pressure with the front four will have to get home. If we have to start to blitz and bring more bodies, that’s one less tackler, one less cover person in space. We will become susceptible to screens and draws, which is all the Giants want to do. If we can rattle Eli early, he will start to play just like Derek Carr last week, jittery and unconfident. Go Niners! You’d think at this point hearing about San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle getting accolades like making Pro Football Focus’ team of the week would get redundant, but it’s the little things to make this season shine dagnabbit! So with that said, he’s back on PFF’s Team of the Week for Week 9. And it’s a good thing. He made it on that stupid catch and run alone. Kittle finished his night with 108 yards on just four receptions and a touchdown. An average of 27 yards per reception. Send it. Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say about the selection:The 49ers have had some draft picks that may have been head scratchers but Kittle’s pick is absolute genius on the decision of Kyle Shanahan and Shanahan was surprised Kittle went as late as he did.Currently, PFF ranks Kittle first in yards/route run — two spots ahead of Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-george-kittle-jersey
, however, beats Kittle in total yards with 741 vs. Kittle’s 692. In terms of PFF’s receiving grades, Kittle ranks third behind Kelce and O.J. Howard. Next up is the New York Giants. Kittle has consistently performed all season, but the Giants could present a modest challenge. Football Outsiders ranks them eighth in the NFL in defending tight ends. Who knows how this quarterback or offensive situation will shake out for 2019, but one thing is for sure, Kittle is a crucial piece for it.