There haven’t been many exciting 49ers games to watch this season. Even in their season-opening whooping of the Los Angeles Rams — which feels like it happened eons ago — it was a field runner who stole the show.
Last week’s last-second 23-20 loss against the Arizona Cardinals was a brief departure from the norm. This week will be a return to the rule.
The New England Patriots roll into town, even without superstar Rob Gronkowski, off a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the best primetime NFL game of the season so far. Bill Belichick lost back-to-back tilts twice last year, including dropping a game to the Philadelphia Eagles after losing the week before.
Don’t expect the Niners to repeat that result, though. At least, that’s the expectation of the head coach of that Philly team.
When asked what he could take from the win, Chip Kelly said, “Probably nothing.”
“It’s two entirely different teams. I certainly don’t have the personnel that we had when we were at the other place.”
That’s not a rousing endorsement of his current group.
The respect between Kelly and Belichick, who reached out to the former in a show of support when he was fired, still resonates. The head coaches sung each other’s praises all week ahead of the game.
But, gauging from Kelly’s comments, it’s hard to imagine the Niners putting up much of a fight against the favorite to come out of the AFC.
So, it’ll be another tough game to watch in Santa Clara, where the 49ers have been outscored 132-78 this season since the opener.
They might be running the most offensive plays in the game, but they also own the least efficient attack, and that equates a hard team to watch when combined with a last-place defense.