Hawks in the NFL: Week 9

By Courtney Baumann on November 6, 2018 at 8:00 am
Smash em, George.

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While the 49ers season has left much to be desired, George Kittle has been nothing but a bright spot for the team. Kittle impressed yet again last Thursday in San Francisco's win over the Raiders. The tight end had caught all four passes he was targeted on for 108 yards and a touchdown, most of which happened on this drive: 

Kittle has great hands, but he also has some pretty good legs. 

THE ROOKIES

Josh Jackson saw a whole lot more playing time for the Packers last weekend than he did in Week 8, getting in on 41 of 71 defensive snaps. Jackson had two assisted tackles and two passes defended, and will likely see plenty of playing time in Week 10 against the Dolphins, as fellow cornerback Kevin King sustained a hamstring injury and isn't likely to play.

Josey Jewell had three solo tackles, including one for a loss, in Denver's loss to Houston on Sunday. Ben Niemann had an assisted tackle for the Chiefs, and James Daniels played every snap on offense for the second week in a row.

THE DEFENSE

Desmond King did Desmond King things last Sunday, picking off Russell Wilson and taking it 42 yards to the house. The interception was King's third of the season. 

Mike Daniels and Adrian Clayborn exchanged sacks on Sunday night when the Packers traveled to Foxboro to take on the Patriots. Daniels recorded his second sack of the season when he wrapped up Tom Brady on third down. Shortly after, Clayborn and Trey Flowers collapsed on Aaron Rodgers to force fourth down. 

Daniels ended with the sack and an assisted tackle, and Clayborn added a couple more tackles as well as a forced fumble in the game. 

Micah Hyde had an assisted tackle against the Bears and Christian Kirksey had three solo tackles for the Browns before leaving the game with injury. Anthony Hitchens had eight solo tackles for the Chiefs. 

THE OFFENSE

While Kittle has been a star on the 49ers offense, C.J. Beathard did not get the chance to shine last week. Though Beathard was cleared to play after a possible injury in Week 8, third-string quarterback Nick Mullens replaced him and led San Francisco to a 34-3 victory. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has not yet named a starter for this week, but Beathard will likely move back into the No. 2 spot. 

Riley Reiff returned to the field this weekend for the first time in nearly a month. The tackle left the game early in Week 5, but returned in Week 9 to play every snap on offense. 

Brandon Scherff, on the other hand, played his last game of the season on Sunday. The "best guard in the NFL," according to Redskins right tackle Morgan Moses tore his left pectoral muscle and will require season-ending surgery. 

Speaking of best guards in the NFL, earlier this week Pro Football Focus named not one but two former Hawkeyes in the top 5 highest graded guards. Austin Blythe and Marshal Yanda are No. 1 and 4, respectively.

ROSTER MOVES

The 49ers waived Greg Mabin on Oct. 30. The second-year cornerback played in six games this season, starting one. He had 10 tackles (eight solo) as well as a pass defended and a forced fumble.

INJURY UPDATES
  • Christian Kirksey - Left Game Early - Questionable 
  • Bryan Bulaga - Left Game Early - Questionable
  • Brandon Scherff - Left Game Early - IR 
LONG STORY SHORT

The Winners: Anthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann (Chiefs, 8-1), Adrian Clayborn, Cole Croston (Patriots, 7-2), Desmond King (Chargers, 6-2), James Daniels (Bears, 5-3), Jaleel Johnson, Riley Reiff (Vikings, 5-3-1), C.J. Beathard, George Kittle (49ers, 2-7)

The Losers: Austin Blythe (Rams, 8-1), Brandon Scherff (Redskins, 5-3), Marshal Yanda (Ravens, 5-4), Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels, Josh Jackson (Packers, 3-4-1), Andrew Donnal (Lions, 3-5), Josey Jewell, Casey Kreiter (Broncos, 3-6), Carl Davis, Christian Kirksey (Browns, 2-6-1), Micah Hyde, Ike Boettger (Bills, 2-7)

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