How will season unfold with Christian McCaffrey?


LOS ANGELES — All it took was a weekend getaway to their Southern California seaside home to refresh the 49ers. Now comes their bye week for true relaxation and rest, however not earlier than we unpack our social media baggage for this Week 9 mailbag:

Again 9 prediction? (@jscout31)

Sure, as soon as they make the bye week flip, a 49ers-friendly schedule awaits en path to the NFC West crown and, say, an 11-6 file. Up first is a tricky take a look at: Sunday night time, Nov. 13 towards L.A.’s different group, the Chargers, who take a 4-3 mark into this week’s bruising recreation at Atlanta. The 49ers then will apply within the Colorado Springs altitude earlier than a one-night stand in Mexico Metropolis on Monday, Nov. 21, towards the Cardinals (3-5).

A 3-game homestand follows – the Saints (3-5), the Dolphins (5-3), the Bucs (3-5) – earlier than probably their most significant recreation within the NFC West title chase: Thursday night time, Dec. 15 at Seattle (5-3). The closing stretch is towards the Commanders (4-4), a New Yr’s debut in Vegas (2-5) and a Jan. 8 house finale towards the Cardinals. After that: Tremendous Bowl or bust, proper?

In the event you may have both prime Frank Gore or Christian McCaffrey, who would you favor and why? (@RealPaulMadison)

It’s Niner blasphemy to select towards Gore, proper? He was remarkably sturdy (241 video games, 16 seasons) and productive (16,000 dashing yards, 100 general touchdowns). He by no means tried a cross, nonetheless, in his profession (2005-20). McCaffrey is extra versatile, extra explosive, however he confirmed Gore-like imaginative and prescient in slipping by means of holes throughout Sunday’s three-touchdown showcase. McCaffrey has produced 54 touchdowns in 66 video games. So, if you would like touchdowns, take CMC. If you’d like longevity, take Gore, until McCaffrey remains to be taking part in in 2037. Each are professional’s professionals.

How lengthy since we’ve had a dynamic working again like McCaffrey? (@ninerempire209)

First pay respect to Jeff Wilson Jr.’s grit, Elijah Mitchell’s blue-collar hustle (when wholesome), Raheem Mostert’s pace and others similar to Matt Breida, Carlos Hyde, and the aforementioned Gore. What your query is implying is a 1,000-1,000 rushing-receiving dynamo, and the 49ers had the unique one in Roger Craig in 1985. McCaffrey’s 2022 seven-game totals: 525 dashing yards, 326 receiving.

Does Jimmy Garoppolo elevate by way of composure when he performs towards the Rams? (@theBQ11)

He’s gained all eight of his regular-season begins towards them, finishing 69 p.c of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. None of his 52 passes have been picked off by the Rams on this season’s sequence sweep. After Garoppolo’s first cross following halftime Sunday was dropped by Jalen Ramsey, all 12 different second-half passes have been accomplished. Garoppolo completed 21-of-25 for the very best completion proportion (84.0) by a 49ers’ quarterback on the highway in franchise historical past.

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