Chiefs-Rams Monday night classic shows Raiders, 49ers have far to go


Chiefs-Rams Monday night classic shows Raiders, 49ers have far to go

The 49ers and Raiders ended Week 11 in the NFL 7.5 games and 6.5 games, respectively, back of the lead in their divisions. 

It feels like a lot more than that after Monday night's classic between the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Los Angeles and Kansas City combined for 1,001 yards of offense and 105 points at the Los Angeles Coliseum, as the Rams held on for a 54-51 victory. If you love offense, it was historic in all the right ways. 

The 49ers have not scored 50 points in a game since Dec. 7, 2003, when Terrell Owens was still in San Francisco. The Raiders, meanwhile, last scored more points than the Chiefs or Rams did Monday night ... eight years ago.

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Monday's matchup served as a Super Bowl preview, and showed the 49ers and Raiders just how much room is left to climb back to the NFL's elite. Both the Rams and Chiefs have young quarterbacks -- Jared Goff is 24, and Patrick Mahomes is 23 -- and youth is on their side at the skill positions on offense, to boot. 

The 49ers and Raiders like their starting QBs (when they’re healthy), but neither team has the same complement of weapons as their divisional counterparts. The salary cap will force Los Angeles and Kansas City to make some hard decisions, but San Francisco and Oakland already are at that point, with Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr earning top dollar. 

We all know things can change quickly in the NFL. But as of Monday night, both teams have a long way to go. 

Dennis Brown to replace Tim Ryan on radio broadcast for 49ers-Saints

Dennis Brown to replace Tim Ryan on radio broadcast for 49ers-Saints

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The 49ers announced on Thursday that former player Dennis Brown will replace Tim Ryan as the team’s radio analyst for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan was suspended for one game after the organization said it was “disappointed” in his Monday comments on KNBR. Ryan referenced Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s skin color as a factor that contributed to the 49ers defense’s difficulty in defending the read option.

Ryan issued a public apology to Jackson for his choice of words.

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Brown, 52, played seven seasons for the 49ers as a defensive lineman from 1990 to ’96, and was a starter on the team’s Super Bowl-winning team after the 1994 season. He has served as an analyst on KNBR’s pre- and post-game 49ers coverage the past two seasons.

49ers' Marcell Harris, Mike McGlinchey make PFF's Team of the Week

49ers' Marcell Harris, Mike McGlinchey make PFF's Team of the Week

The 49ers lost just their second game of the season last Sunday in a battle against the Ravens in Baltimore, but they still landed two players on Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week. 

PFF awarded one San Francisco player on each side of the ball this past week. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey represented the offense, while safety Marcell Harris represented the defense. 

McGlinchey was phenomenal in the trenches against a stout Ravens defense. At 6-foot-8 and 310 pounds, the former first-round draft pick showed off his athleticism in the 49ers' outside run game, helping prompt running back Raheem Mostert to a career day. 

Mostert, who entered the season as more of a special teams star, rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry, and scored a 40-yard touchdown

McGlinchey earned an 88.4 run-blocking grade from PFF as the 49ers as a whole ran for 174 yards on 29 carries, good for an average of 6.0 yards per carry. The second-year pro had an 88.9 overall grade as he also kept QB Jimmy Garoppolo on his feet all game long. 

While McGlinchey is a former top draft pick, Harris is a whole different story. Taken by the 49ers in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, Harris replaced an injured Jaquiski Tartt and made an immediate impact. 

With Ravens QB Lamar Jackson racing down the field, Harris tackled the speedster, ripped the ball out of his hands and recovered the fumble. It was Jackson's first recovered fumble of the year. 

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Harris ended the game with two solo tackles, one assist and the forced/recovered fumble. He earned a 91.0 PFF grade in the loss.

The 25-year-old who was promoted from the practice squad in October, now has six tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery this season.