With a win against Carolina San Francisco can raise their record to 7-0. The last time they were 7-0 was in 1990 when they had Joe Montana at quarterback.
San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said “you get better or you get worse, you don’t stay the same”. With that in mind they acquired speedy wide receiver Emanuel Sanders and a fifth-round pick from Denver this week in exchange for a third and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. The 49ers felt they needed to add a proven number one wide receiver for qb Jimmy Garoppolo to throw to.
“We feel he is a guy who can come in and help us a lot this year and we’ll see where it goes for him after that,” Shanahan said about Sanders.
San Francisco’s three-headed monster of RBs Matt Breida, Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert has made them the number two rushing offense in the league. Garoppolo, who was out injured for most of last season, started slowly this year but has been shaking off the rust and getting better. The passing game is averaging 219 yards per game. He has thrown for 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
Carolina has been playing well and they have a four-game winning streak which they hope to extend to five this week. It would be the first time they have won five in a row since they won 18 straight regular season games in 2014-15. They have done it after losing starting qb Cam Newton to injury. Second year qb Kyle Allen had one-win last year as a rookie and along with the four wins so far this year becomes the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win the first 5 games that he started without throwing an interception.
Panther’s coach Ron Rivera said “the more he plays, the more comfortable he gets and the more his confidence builds.”
Carolina’s four-game winning streak came on the heels of an 0-2 start. The offense has been playing at a high level, with Kyle Allen under center, and they are averaging 27.7 points per game.
He will have a formidable task this week as he faces a 49er defense that is ranked 2nd in the NFL in overall defense and 1st against the pass. The 49ers beat Washington 9-0 last week and have held three straight opponents to under 200 yards of total offense and less than 7 points.
San Francisco opened at -6 with a total of 41.5.