49ers blank the Rams
In week 2, the Rams took advantage of the 49ers, who were without QB Steve Young (Concussion) and Jerry Rice (season-ending ACL injury), for a 10-3 victory. This Sunday at 3COM Park, Young was back under center for the Niners, but this time it was the Niners’ defense and special teams that stole the show.
Chuck Levy got the 49ers cooking in the second quarter. The Niners were leading 3-0 when Levy took a punt and weaved through the Rams’ punt coverage for a 72-yd punt return TD.
At that moment, the Niners defense took over. They held the Rams scoreless and held the Rams to 135 total yards. They sacked Rams’ QB Tony Banks four times and forced three turnovers in the 23-0 win.
DT Dana Stubblefield had 2 sacks and so did DE Chris Doleman. Safety Merton Hanks picked off a Banks’ pass and so did CB Rod Woodson.
After starting 0-2, the Niners have won four in a row and are now 4-2. They will travel to Atlanta on Sunday, while the 2-4 Rams will host the Seahawks.
Raiders finally get in the win column!
The Raiders have been awful in 1997, but it was no fault of new Raiders’ QB Jeff George. The flamethrower has had the best start to a season in his career and he didn’t disappoint Sunday afternoon in Oakland as the Raiders won their first game of the season, 34-23, over the now 2-3 St. Louis Rams.
George threw for 368 yards and 4 TDs to 4 different receivers. His 80-yard bomb to Ricky Dudley sealed the deal. On the season, George has 101 QB Rating through 5 games. He has over 1,400 yards passing, 11 TDs and no interceptions!
As for the Rams, they got a couple of TD strikes from Tony Banks, but they gave up 446 yards of total offense to the Raiders.