By Danny Golding 

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When you go the first 8 games of the season without experiencing an L, it can sure take it’s toll.  No one expected the 49ers to go 16-0, however no one would have placed a bet on the Niners losing their first game when the score was 10-0 49ers against Seattle2 on Monday Night. In an overtime battle; the Seahawks lead by Russel Wilson and his 232 passing yards got the upper hand over the 49ers 27-24 after rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin failed to make the game winning field goal.  The main concern following the Niners first loss of the 2019 season was the dropped passes. Kendrick Bourne, despite getting a big 3rd down reception on the first drive, the first touchdown reception and a 2 point conversation reception had crucial drops that were a game changer, including one that went off his hands and into the hands of Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs for an interception. Marquise Goodwin before getting hurt, also had a big drop. Dante Pettis proved that apart from a game winning touchdown week 3 against the Steelers, that he is just not a reliable target for Jimmy Garoppolo to throw to. Deebo Samuel, despite 8 receptions for 112 yards had a drop in overtime on the last drive when Jimmy threw downfield to him that could have won the game.  The 49ers are now facing a 3-6-1 Cardinals team that despite their record always shows up to play against the Niners. They gave the 49ers a run for their money a couple weeks ago, and would handed them their first loss, if a few things had happened differently. Before that, they had an 8 game winning streak against the 49ers. The Cardinals also have big weapons on offense with the legendary Larry Fitzgerald, Kenyan Drake, Christian Kirk, KeeSean Johnson, and Andy Isabella. Rookie Quarterback Kyler Murray is also coming off a 324 yards and 3 touchdown game in the 30-27 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders questionable Sunday,  Deebo Samuel Kendrick Bourne, and Dante Pettis need to step up.  All Pro Cornerback Patrick Peterson is also suppose to pay on Sunday despite battling a calf injury. This Cardinals team always plays their A game against the 49ers, so if the Niners want to prove that they are still one of the top teams in the NFL, they need to beat the 3-6-1 Arizona Cardinals in a convincing fashion. All of the division games are important but the last thing the Niners want to lose is the 1 game lead against Seattle in the NFC West standings. What Kyle Shanahan, Robert Saleh and the 49ers are hoping for is that by the time the week 17 game in Seattle comes up, they will already have the NFC West clinched, so they can rest starters and not having to worry about anyone getting injured for the playoff hunt. Injuries may been a major factor in preventing the 49ers with a perfect record and with a much more dominant presence against the whole league. The early bye week and the Seahawks losing a couple games have benefited the 49ers in the division standings, they now have to do whatever it takes to keep that lead in the NFC West!