San Francisco 49ers

Report card: 49ers deliver another dud

San Francisco 49ers running back Mike Davis, left, is tackled in the end zone by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers for a safety during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in St. Louis.
San Francisco 49ers running back Mike Davis, left, is tackled in the end zone by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers for a safety during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in St. Louis. AP

Offense: The running backs had nowhere to run, and Colin Kaepernick had no time to throw. The 49ers badly need center Daniel Kilgore (ankle) to return to the lineup, which could happen after the Nov. 15 bye. Current starter Marcus Martin has been terrible. Grade: D-

Defense: The 49ers held Rams rookie runner Todd Gurley to 15 yards on his first six carries, but Gurley’s seventh went for a 71-yard touchdown. Gurley surpassed 100 yards on the first play of the third quarter, proving that San Francisco’s run defense is nearly as bad as its pass defense. Grade: C-

Special teams: The team MVP this year? Kicker Phil Dawson may have the most compelling argument. He made both of his field-goal attempts, including one from 54 yards. Punter Bradley Pinion continued to struggle and left the game because of a calf injury. Quinton Dial blocked a Rams field-goal attempt. Grade: C+

Overall: It’s gotten to the point where the only things fans have to look forward to are: Which changes are coming midseason, and which are coming after the season? The bye week looms large for all sorts of matters, including a possible change at quarterback. Grade: D-

Matt Barrows

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