The 49ers traveled to Arizona and bounced back after a home shutout last weekend to beat the Cardinals 27-6 and pull one game out of first place. The 49ers dominated on all sides of the ball. They ran at will against the Cardinals defense and even with Frank Gore hurt the 49ers running game rolled.
Brian Westbrook who had 10 touches coming into the game came in for an injured Gore and ran at will against the Cards defense. He gained over 100 yards his first 100 yard gaame in a couple years. Hopefully Michael Johnson saw what Westbrook can bring to this team and he somehow finds a way to get Westbrook more involved down the homestretch.
Westbrook wasn’t the only part of the offense looking good. Despite a poor performance last week Troy Smith bounced back and made some nice throws to keep the Cards defense honest. He is now 3-1 as a 49ers starter.
On the other side of the ball the 49ers defense easily kept the Cards offense in check, of course it did help that Derek Anderson was at QB, who may be the worst NFL QB in the league.
If there was one area to find fault it would have to be the kicking game, one missed field goal and a another blocked kept the score even closer. Hopefully Joe Nedney is back next week and the team doesn’t have to rely on Shane Andrus for another game. He flat out sucks.
All in all it was a solid performance hopefully they can carry the momentum into next week and somehow keep their playoff hopes alive.