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The San Francisco 49ers got their 2019 season off to a strong start by pushing past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an impressive win on the road. It saw their defense step it up during the fourth quarter to give them the edge they needed to pull forward to get a season-opening victory. This was fueled by a strong collective effort despite quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo struggling to find his rhythm.
Meanwhile, it was not the same result on the road for the Cincinnati Bengals as they fell just short on the road to the Seattle Seahawks. The Bengals had their fair share of opportunities in the fourth quarter to come out on top, but their revamped offense wasn’t enough to edge the Seahawks for what would have been an impressive road win.
Cincinnati will now have the opportunity claw out their first victory of the season at home against 49ers on Sunday afternoon.
49ers’ success hinges on Jimmy Garoppolo
Coming off yet another disappointing campaign, the 49ers entered the 2019 campaign with much hope to erase their past frustration from the get-go. This was something that they were able to do in the Week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers behind a collective effort on both sides of the ball that saw them push things in their favor in the fourth quarter. This saw their defense be the bigger of the two factors as they limited the Buccaneers to just 10 total offensive points while causing havoc on quarterback Jameis Winston, who struggled tremendously to get anything going as he threw three interceptions including two that were taken back for a touchdown in the contest. Th 49ers also forced a fumble while Tampa Bay was just 5-of-11 on third-down conversion, averaged 4.5 yards per play, and coverted just on 1-of-4 red-zone opportunities in the contest. The Buccaneers simply couldn’t get anything going and that played a huge factor in tilting the scale into the 49ers’ favor on the road.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 8, 2019
However, the team did continue to have notable struggles from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as it’s clearly evident that he is still working his way back physically from the torn ACL that he had suffered last season. Garoppolo had a few questionable throws, including a bad decision that was intercepted and taken back for a touchdown. His performance wasn’t memorable by any means as he finished completing 18-of-27 passes for 166 yards with a touchdown and an interception. This will need to improve on the road in Week 2 against the Bengals defense that proved to be quite stout against the Seattle Seahawks in their season opener. Garoppolo will be the ultimate key to their success on the field, and if they want to push forward towards the playoffs this will need him to continue to improve and be a bigger factor with his arm. This will certainly have to be the case against Cincinnati as that could prove to be what tilts things out of their favor if he struggles again.
Bengals looking to bounce back
It has been nothing short of a difficult last few seasons for the Bengals as they have fallen short of the playoffs in three consecutive campaign. Much of which has laid with their utter lack of consistency and struggles with injuries to prominent players on the roster. This is something that has plagued them before the start of the season with star wide receiver A.J. Green still recovering from an ankle injury that he had suffered in training camp. This put the team without their top receiving threat in the passing game from the get-go. Although they fell just short against the Seahawks in Week 1 action. There are certainly many positives to take away from the contest. In first-year head coach Zac Taylor’s offense, quarterback Andy Dalton showed the ability to move the ball down the field as he completed 35-of-51 passes for a career-high 418 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Dalton looked more like a feasible passer in this new offensive scheme that helped keep the Bengals in the game that was largely dictated by the play of these two teams respective defenses in key spots.
Zac Taylor talks about how they handled discipline in last weeks hostile environment.
“Win,” he said. “We came out of that loss I think guys were realizing that we can have a pretty good team if we handle our business and do things the right way,” Taylor said. “Now let’s finish the thing. Let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot in the red zone with silly stuff. Let’s make those stops in key situations on defense. That’s the next step for us is we have to put it all together.”
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2019
What was also quite encouraging in that regard is that it saw wide receiver John Ross III step up in a big spot with Green out as their primary target in the passing game as he had a career-best day as well hauling in seven catches for 158 yards along with two touchdowns. Ross showed his big-play ability with his breakaway speed that helped keep the Seahawks in the game. This is something that will play a big factor in their game plan in Week 2 against the 49ers, especially with Green still being out due to injury. Meanwhile, their passing game will be more of a focus with running Joe Mixon dealing with a leg injury that had knocked him out of Week 1 action and put backup Giovani Bernard in the mix. Regardless if Mixon plays or not, it’s clear that the new offensive game plan with feature plenty of Dalton throwing the ball to pace them down the field. San Francisco’s optimistic defense will prove to be a challenge, but it should be something that they are able to overcome at home. This may as very well be the difference in the contest with Dalton leading the charge offensively with his arm.
- Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight up loss.
- Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their last five games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.
- 49ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a ATS win.
- 49ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
- 49ers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games in Week 2.
Updated on Sep 15 at 4:30am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Niners have gone from -2.5 to +1 with the Bengals getting 61% of the bets. The Sharps are slightly on the side of the Bengals.
Injury / Weather Report
San Francisco’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: DB Jimmie Ward and DE Nick Bosa
Out: RB Tevin Coleman, WR Jalen Hurd, and WR Trent Taylor
Cincinnati’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: RB Trent Taylor, RB Joe Mixon, and DB Clayton Fejedelem
Out: WR A.J. Green and OT Cordy Glenn
Gametime Weather: Mostly sunny with temps in the lower 80s.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The 49ers may have a strong showing in the season opener, but the Bengals revamped offensive scheme looks to have put Dalton in a better spot to be a more effective passer. It will be a close contest throughout but, Cincinnati should be able to continue to offset Garoppolo, who has struggled to find any consistency since returning to the field. Until he finally breaks through, it’s hard to favor the 49ers in this one.
Prediction: Cincinnati -2
Full-Game Total Pick
This is one is quite a difficult to pick, but given how each of their respective defense played in the season openers, it should see them be factors once again. With Garoppolo still working through kinks, it could present opportunities to create turnovers. Meanwhile, the Bengals are dealing with a hobbled Mixon and Green is still on the mend that will limit their offensive production once again. All in all, expect another lower-scoring affair.
Prediction: Under 45