The Niners looked like a Super Bowl teams in week 1 and 2, and then last week went to Minnesota and laid an egg in losing to the Minnesota Vikings.
They will have to shore up both offense and defense this week as they head to the Big Apple to take on Mark Sanchez and the Jets, a team that was just happy to survive a game in Miami last week.
San Fran scored 57 points and committed one turnover while winning each of its first two games but last week gave the ball away three times, including Alex Smith‘s first interception in a team-record 249 passes, and managed only one touchdown in a 24-13 loss.
They were also held to 89 rushing yards after totaling 334 in their first two games.
“When you’re only putting up 13 points on offense, it’s usually not going to get it done. We’ve got to get better,” Smith said. “We didn’t execute well enough in the red zone. We kicked too many field goals down there. We would love to get (touchdowns). There’s a lot we can get better on.”
If they want to win in New York, they will have to get back to the defense that pounded both the Packers and Lions. Plus Frank Gore and that Niners run game has to get back to the physical offense of the first two weeks as well.
San Fran could take some shots downfield as the Jets will play their first game without All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, who is out the rest of 2012.
Antonio Cromartie, whom Jets coach Rex Ryan deemed “a No. 1 corner,” and 2010 first-round draft pick Kyle Wilson will try to hold down the Niners pass game led by Smith.
The Jets last week got a scare in Miami, but won in overtime on a Nick Folk field goal. They are 2-1, but haven’t played a team like the Niners with their defense.
Sanchez has 710 passing yards, and will need to be careful with the ball vs the Niners. A couple mistakes giving San Fran short fields is a sure way to wind up losing.
Look for New York to try to run the ball, but when that fails, it will fall on the arm of Sanchez, who needs to have a big game for the Jets to get a win.
San Francisco 17 NY Jets 13