Here is the good and not so good from the 49ers 9-0 win over the Redskins.
1. Kwon Alexander. He gets the game ball for making Adrian Peterson fumble in the third quarter. Alexander punched the ball out of Peterson’s arms just before Peterson hit the ground. Alexander is one of roughly seven players who can say he is the MVP of this defense through six games. The other six are Fred Warner, Richard Sherman, Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Dee Ford and Nick Bosa.
2. Jullian Taylor. Replaced Solomon Thomas at nose tackle and instantly improved the run defense. Taylor is bigger and harder to move than Thomas, whose best attributes are speed and quickness. Taylor also completed the play of the game when he recovered the fumble Alexander created.
3. Nick Bosa. Didn’t get much of an opportunity to rush the quarterback, because the Redskins attempted 12 measly passes. But, he still recorded a sack and made four tackles for loss. Even when he has a quiet game, he’s not so quiet.
4. Kendrick Bourne. Led the offense with 69 receiving yards. Last season, he led all 49ers wide receivers in catches and receiving yards. He still might be the best wide out they have. He certainly deserves more opportunities and playing time.
5. Ross Dwelley. Made a difficult diving catch on fourth-and-one to pick up the first and help seal the victory. Dwelley is earning more playing time every week. He’s a natural pass-catcher and a better blocker than anyone expected.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. Marquise Goodwin’s concussion. Goodwin ran into a Redskins defender during the first quarter and suffered a concussion. Goodwin did not return to the game. He has suffered at least five concussions since 2014, and should at least consider retiring, with all due respect.
2. Robbie Gould. Made three field goals, but also missed his seventh field-goal attempt of the season. The last two seasons, he made 74 of 77 attempts. Gould’s inaccuracy is an issue to monitor.
3. Jimmy Garoppolo’s interception. He stared down a receiver who was open downfield and led the free safety directly to him. Garoppolo seems to make this mistake about once a game. His quarterback rating this season is 90.8, which was Nick Mullens’ exact quarterback rating last season. When Garoppolo came to the 49ers, they saw him as their savior. Now, they’re saving him.
49ers-Redskins postgame show. https://t.co/rZZg7RedGh
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) October 20, 2019