3 49ers weaknesses the Cowboys need to capitalize on
1. Jimmy Garoppolo Interception Problems
Despite a torn ligament in his thumb, Kyle Shanahan wanted quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the game against the Rams over Trey Lance. It’s likely that unless there is a major shift in Jimmy G’s injury, Shanahan will do the same against the Cowboys. You can’t blame a coach for wanting to send an experienced QB out there over a fresh rookie.
The problem is that Garoppolo tends to send up shots in the dark and is one of the most interception-prone quarterbacks in all of football. He has thrown 12 interceptions on the year and some of them are jaw-dropping. That doesn’t bode well against a defense that is tied for first in takeaways and first in interceptions.
Garoppolo will likely be having nightmares about ballhawks like Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown, and Jayron Kearse, who will be ready and eager to pick off anything he throws their way. Plus, if the 49ers’ offensive line struggles, big guys like Gregory and Lawrence may be able to get picks again if they can tip Garoppolo’s passes with high pressure.
San Francisco’s best bet is to use the run game. Yes, Garoppolo did turn things around and lead the 49ers to a victory after a brutal first half against the Rams. But habits are habits. An interesting nugget is that San Francisco is a perfect 7-0 when Jimmy G doesn’t throw an interception. Conversely, they are 2-6 when he throws at least one pick.
Considering Diggs had to miss last week with an illness, we can only imagine he will be champing at the bit to pick off Garoppolo.