10 Oct 5 Bold Predictions That’ll Surely Come True
A rough stretch of games is on the horizon for the San Francisco 49ers, as after this upcoming Miami Dolphins games, they have to play the: Rams, @ Patriots, @ Seahawks, etc.
For the time being, however, let’s focus on the Miami Dolphins. This team features the 31st-ranked defense, as well as the 28th-ranked offense, based on DVOA. Their record for the season currently stands at 1-3.
With a roster devoid of talent outside of a few key players, this game should be a layup for the 49ers.
As it stands, I am at a 3/20 mark on my bold predictions. That’s… alright. But for this week, I *think* I’m confident in these picks, so let’s get down to it!
1. The 49ers Will Score 40 Points
Let’s start off hot here: with the return of Jimmy Garoppolo, this offense should be humming. George Kittle is healthy, Deebo Samuel (who is listed as questionable with an Illness – not COVID, relax) sounds like he’s good to go. Then you feature guys like Brandon Aiyuk, Jerick McKinnon, and Kendrick Bourne, who should all help elevate this offense immensely. Even though Garoppolo has missed 2.5 games, I believe he’ll come in and hit the ground running. The Dolphins have one of the worst defenses in football, and the opportunity to blow the game up is right there for the taking. On top of boding the question of “Which Ryan Fitzpatrick will we see?” field position will factor into this game also. Fitzpatrick has turned the ball over 6 times this year, and I foresee a big game for the defense also. Field position will play a big role into scoring 40 points, and it requires a perfect game for this to happen. This should be the “get right” game for the offense, and what better way than to make a statement against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
2. The 49ers Defense Will Get 5 Sacks
According to Football Outsiders, the Dolphins’ OL is ranked 11th as a pass-blocking unit, while allowing 6 sacks so far in the season. This number is surprisingly good, considering how poor the group has been in recent years. Nonetheless, this is still a team that the 49ers should not fear. While Ryan Fitzpatrick’s mobility is astounding for his age, he is not a burner. Don’t expect him to break the pocket too often, and if the secondary holds up, should lead to pressure and coverage sacks by the DL. This defensive line, lead by Arik Armstead and rookie Javon Kinlaw, should be licking their chops at what could be a very good day to garner sacks. The 49ers, even with injuries to Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and Solomon Thomas, are still tied for 4th in the league with 12 sacks, which is a testament to the group’s overall depth. They haven’t felt too impressive, but looking at the numbers says otherwise. This defense needs a spark, and going up against a team of the Dolphins caliber should be the key to unlocking loads of potential that the 49ers still feature.
3. The Defense Will Force 3 INTs
With the statements made by multiple 49ers players after their upsetting loss to the Eagles, I would imagine the team is coming in angry and ready to compete. Fitzpatrick, who is throwing to a solid WR core that includes Devante Parker, Preston Williams, and Jakeem Grant, has plenty of weapons to get the job done. However, I do not see this being enough. If the 49ers want to prove to everyone that their plans to get back to the Superbowl, and to continue the Revenge Tour is on, then they have to make a statement. 3 INTs should be doable against the Dolphins, but don’t be surprised if they force more than 3 turnovers as a whole.
4. Garoppolo Will Throw For 350 Yards
I think I’ll give Jimmy the benefit of the doubt. It would be a stunner if he can throw for this many yards after missing two & a half games. With how 2020 has gone so far this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some crazy stuff come out from the gunslinger. With a full arsenal of playmakers at his disposal, Jimmy should be ready to ball out.
5. Brandon Aiyuk Will Have 150+ Scrimmage Yards
He can run, he can catch, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him passing the ball soon. After another jaw-dropping play this season, Aiyuk looks like the exact player Shanahan has been wanting in his offense since he drafted… Deebo Samuel. With his relentless running ability, and his skill to gather yards after the catch, we could be looking at another big Aiyuk game going forward. Even with the return of Kittle and Samuel, I still see Aiyuk having himself another fantastic game. The more Shanahan can use him in the offense, the better it will be for Aiyuk to develop as the season progress.
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