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NFL Week 8 FOX San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals Preview

By PFF Preview Team
Oct 26, 2018

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San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals – FOX 4:25 PM

Kittle making the most of his receptions

Tight end George Kittle is having a tremendous second season. He’ll look to continue his impressive run in Week 8.

Beathard dropping straight back

The 49ers utilized quarterback movement when Jimmy Garroppolo was under center, but they’ve opted to keep C.J. Beathard in the pocket since he took over as the starter.

Buckner getting to the quarterback

DeForest Buckner has picked up where he left off a season ago and currently ranks fourth among interior defensive linemen in total pressures.

Foster missing tackles

Reuben Foster has struggled so far in 2018, especially as a tackler. He’ll look to turn things around against a struggling Cardinals offense.

Johnson’s lackluster return

The Cardinals’ run-blocking has done David Johnson no favors this season. In 2016, Johnson’s breakout year, he averaged almost 2.0 yards before contact per attempt. This year, he’s averaging less than a yard before contact per attempt.

No protection from this offensive line

Cardinals signal-caller Josh Rosen is being given absolutely no help from his offensive line this season. Things simply have to improve if the Cardinals want to finish the season with a respectable record.

Bynes hunting ball carriers

Josh Bynes has been a bright spot on the Cardinals defense this season and has performed exceptionally well against the run.

 

Peterson still shutting them down

Patrick Peterson has been his usual, reliable self this season. Beathard would do well to avoid him this Sunday.

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