Last week, the 49ers seemed tired and lazy as they got blown out by the Vikings. If the same thing happens this week, they’ll be in trouble.
Mark Sanchez and the 2-1 New York Jets look to score their third win of the season against the 49ers in San Francisco’s third road game of the year. Minnesota woke them up last week, dominating in a 24-13 win. Can the 49ers respond this week?
Their defense will look to haunt Mark Sanchez, who has thrown eight interceptions in his last five games. The 49ers have an amazing defense, and they will look to get pressure on Sanchez and force him to make poor decisions. When he gets pressured, Sanchez often makes bad decisions.
Alex Smith, however, is the complete opposite. He threw an interception in garbage time last week, which snapped his streak of 249 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. However, he threw 14 touchdowns in that span, and he has proven that he isn’t a conservative quarterback.
New York’s defense has struggled a bit, too. They struggled to contain Ryan Tannehill, and San Francisco’s two-headed attack of Smith and Frank Gore will look to keep the Jets’ defense, which is missing Darrelle Revis. The Jets don’t have a great cornerback to fill in for Revis, so the 49ers will likely attack the void left by the Pro Bowl corner.
San Francisco’s defense, however, seems to have no holes. They weren’t able to get pressure on Christian Ponder, and the extra time allowed him to make plays. I expect Vic Fangio to send more rushers more often, since Sanchez has trouble making quick decisions. If Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman can cover the middle, Sanchez will have a lot more trouble.
Can the 49ers haunt Sanchez and exploit the void left by Revis? Tune into FOX at 10 AM PT to find out.