The 49ers pummeled the Jaguars 42-10 on Sunday in Wembley Stadium. Here are the grades for the offense:
Colin Kaepernick only completed 10 passes, but he played a complete game. He had throws on target but they fell for incomplete passes from a few great plays on defense and his receivers dropped the ball a handful of times. Kaepernick made the correct decisions off the read-option plays each time which included the 19-yard TD run to Frank Gore and keeping the ball for the second touchdown. In garbage time, Colt McCoy completed his only pass attempt on third down which kept the final drive alive to run out the clock.
Running Backs: A-
Frank Gore didn’t have 100 yards, but was still effective despite averaging less than four yards per carry. On the first possession he controlled most of the yardage and scored two touchdowns for the second consecutive game. Kendall Hunter had success on the outside with two large runs, but was unsuccessful up the gut. Bruce Miller continued to be a strong blocker for both players and he even contributed in the passing game with a trick play that goes for 43 yards.
Wide Receivers: C+
Anquan Boldin did well with four receptions for 56 yards as the go-to guy, but others still had trouble. Kyle Williams dropped a pass and was once used on a reverse early in the game. Marlon Moore, the only other active receiver was on the field for 13 snaps and wasn’t targeted once. With two out of three receivers not looking good, this grade must be bumped down a tad.
Tight Ends: B+
This wasn’t a typical Vernon Davis type of performance as he caught the ball only three times including a touchdown. However, he was also robbed on another play which could have been his second touchdown of the game. Vance McDonald was an effective blocker on the ground and wasn’t utilized in the passing game. Unlike the wide receiver position, this grade doesn’t become affected by stats in the passing game with McDonald having his own role on offense.
Offensive Line: A
Pass protection was great all game long and space for the running game was created. The 49ers were effective running the ball off tackle and to the outside mostly compared to going up the gut in most games, but the offensive line was effective in making Kaepernick’s day much easier.
It was a balanced attack and the offense had no trouble scoring early and often against Jacksonville. Four touchdowns in four consecutive drives to start the game will land an “A” very easily. They went with their identity on the ground and Colin Kaepernick completed the passes he needed to. The only thing that has been odd is the non-use of Marlon Moore, Kyle Williams and Vance McDonald in the passing game. However, the team had a great offense in converting third downs and making sure the Jaguars never had a chance.
For grades on the defense and special teams, click here.