We are already a quarterway through the season. In these next few weeks, teams will separate themselves. Where the good teams set themselves apart from the bad teams (Carolina Panthers, who are 0-5 and going to get slaughtered by the Miami Dolphins next week). The 5-0 teams are the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. The Team of the Week for Week 5 is the San Francisco 49ers.
Chef Purdy is Cooking
In a 42-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Brock Purdy went 17-of-24 for 252 and four touchdowns. This was against a Cowboys defense with Micah Parsons. Of course, Dallas was without Trevon Diggs, who suffered a torn ACL.
Chef Purdy was able to serve up a five-course meal with the assistance of George Kittle three separate times—one touchdown in the first quarter (11:16 in the first). The second touchdown was in the second quarter (13:26 in the second), and the last touchdown was in the third quarter (7:26 in the third). Kyle Juszczyk also got in the action with a touchdown in the fourth quarter (14:22 mark in the fourth).
Kittle led the team in receiving yards with three receptions for 67 yards and three touchdowns. Juszczyk and Brandon Aiyuk led the team in receptions with four. (Juszczyk had 26 yards plus a TD, and Aiyuk had 58 yards).
49ers Rushing Game
The 49ers’ ground game also got involved in the thrashing of the Cowboys. Jordan Mason ran ten times for 69 (nice) yards and one touchdown. Christian McCaffery had 19 carries for 51 yards and one touchdown. In addition, he had two receptions for 27 yards (a bit of a quieter night from McCaffery, but he was still able to get a touchdown). Deebo Samuel had five receptions for 30 yards as well.
The Defense was Suffocating the Cowboys’ Offense
The 49ers defense (who is coached by Steve Wilks) was suffocating the Cowboys’ offense all night. They sacked Dak Prescott a total of four times (Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, Kevin Givens, Nick Bosa, and Arik Armstead. The last two had ½ a sack). San Francisco’s defense was able to pick off Dak three times (Warner, Oren Burks, and Tashaun Gipson Sr.). This was the most picks Dak threw this season. Props to Fred Warner, who had a monster game on defense. He had five solo tackles, three assisted tackles, an interception, and a solo sack.
Strength of Opponent
The reason the 49ers edged out the Eagles for team of the week was because of their opponents. Most people would consider the Cowboys to be better than the Los Angeles Rams. Fun fact: the Cowboys 49ers matchup had 26 million views (the most for a Week 5 game in Sunday Night Football history).
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