The Niners have won all of their games this year in many different ways with the Defense being the biggest factor. While Jimmy G had a rough start to the season with a mediocre game in week 1 vs the Buccaneers and in week 3 vs the Steelers, he has been consistently good since. Against the Cardinals this week, Jimmy G had a lights out/stellar game. Garoppolo won the game as the Defense had an “off game” and allowed Kenyan Drake to run for 110 yards and sloppily allowed Kyler Murray to throw an 88 yard TD pass to little known Andy Isabella to get the Cardinals back in the game.
How good was Jimmy G? He was 28/37 for 317 yards with 4 TD passes with a QBR of 95.3 (Passer rating of 136.9). Equally as important as his 4 TD passes, Garoppolo was an astounding 14/16 (87.5%) on critical 3rd down plays with 3 of his TD’s coming on 3rd down. His Passer rating was a perfect 153.6 on 3rd down plays!!!
Following are interesting stats on Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson and Jimmy Garoppolo in their first 14 games.
Brady: 11-3 (won/loss), 18-12 (TD/INT), 199.8 (Pass Yds/game), 87.0 (Passer rating)
Jackson: 11-3 (won/loss), 16-8 (TD/INT), 197.4 (Pass Yds/game), 89.3 (Passer rating)
Garoppolo: 12-2 (won/loss), 23-15 (TD/INT), 240.4 (Pass Yds/game), 98.6 (Passer rating)
I am so thankful that the sports media pays all of their attention to Brady and Jackson (and Brees, Mahomes, Rodgers, Watson and Mayfield) while dismissing Garoppolo as just another QB. Stephen A. Smith called Jimmy G “pedestrian” after his brilliant game against the Cardinals. I’ll take a pedestrian QB with an 8-0 record any day of the week.
The Cardinals’ defensive game plan was to take away the Niners run game so they stacked 8 players in the box all night long daring Jimmy G to beat them. Garoppolo obliged… He threw his 4 TD’s to four different receivers (E-Man Sanders, George Kittle, Dante Pettis, and Kendrick Bourne) and completed passes to 9 different receivers. The acquisition of Sanders is playing out as being brilliant and the Jimmy G connection to E-Man will only get better as the season progresses.
The one big negative coming out of the win over the Cardinals is that Kwon Alexander, the heart and soul of the Niner D, was lost for the season with a torn pectoral. He will be a huge loss but the Niners “next man up” mentality will carry them through the season.