The San Francisco 49ers suffered their 9th loss of the season losing 27-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game that seem like nothing was coming together for the 49ers. Nick Mullens started his 3rd game of the season and he looked like the 3rd string quarterback that he is. From the beginning of the game Mullens never looked comfortable and to be honest the offense as whole didn’t look like they were in sync. Mullens went 18-32 passing for 221 yards 1 touchdown and a interception. This was the worst game that the offensive line has played this season as Mullens faced a lot of pressure, being sacked 4 times and being hit 9 times. There was some bright spots on the offense in this game and that came from WR Dante Pettis and RB Matt Bredia. Pettis caught 4 of his 7 targets and scored the 49ers only touchdown on a 13yrd pass. This performance from Pettis is something that the 49ers have been waiting to see since drafting him in the second round of the 2018 draft, granted Pettis has missed sometime due to injury, it was still nice to see what the 49ers could be getting in a young WR. The run game for the 49ers did look good and Matt Bredia was once again the main reason for that as he rushed for 106yds on 14 carries and averaged 7.6 yards per run, he also caught 3 passes for 34 yards. Bredia had been the most constant part of the 49ers offense this season and his production this year has been nothing short of amazing.
The defense for the 49ers this season has been very hard to watch and that didn’t change with this game. Once again there was not much pass rush as Jameis Winston was just the next QB to carve up the 49ers secondary throwing for 312 yards, completing 28 of his 39 attempted passes with 2 touchdowns. When the 49ers did manage to get some kind of pressure in the backfield it was a lot of missed tackles that led to plays being extended. The secondary had it’s struggles once again and it seems as if there is no adjustments being made to better the situation. The zone defensive scheme has been one that has not worked for the 49ers for most of the season and for whatever reason defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is not able to correct this problem, but continues to try and force it to work which causes these big passing days for the opposing QB’s.
To be honest this was probably the last winnable game for the 49ers looking at the remainder of the schedule and things don’t get any easier as the travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks for the first time this year. The hope for many 49ers fans is that the team finds a little something extra for this games as Richard Sherman makes his return to Seattle to face his former team. Nick Mullens has been named the starter for the Seattle game but if things do not go as planned there is a good chance CJ Beathard makes his return to the field. Most 49ers fans will be looking for the team to just be competitive.