If you’re at all like me, you don’t put too much stock in the preseason.
The records are meaningless. More often than not, guys who won’t play when it does matter grace the field more than the regular season starters. There are a ton of kinks still to be worked out.
Such was the case as the Baltimore Ravens trounced the San Francisco 49ers, 23-3. Baltimore dominated from the outset, and despite a nice opening drive that resulted in a field goal, the Niners didn’t do much. There were some bright spots, however.
Carlos Hyde looked very good, carrying five times for 39 yards. Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine also looked very solid on the defensive line. New wideout Stevie Johnson was targeted several times by 49er quarterbacks, making his presence known early. Chris Cook made an interception, that’s only worth noting considering he has zero for his career. Other than that, there wasn’t much else.
Side note, pray Colin Kaepernick never gets hurt. We can all agree Blaine Gabbert is AWFUL, and there isn’t anything behind him. That said, expect the Niners to take it real easy with Kap leading up to Week 1 in Dallas.
Bottom line, don’t fret over the score or their performance. The preseason is meant to look bad. Get the losses out of the way now. Come September 7, the real season starts and the Quest for Six begins again.
If that doesn’t convince you, just ask yourself, who’s got it better than us? You already know the answer.
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