by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/15/14) Beset by injuries and suspension, the 49ers DST failed to force a turnover in the 28-20 loss to the Bears and their turnover-prone quarterback, Jay Cutler. The unit allowed Cutler to complete 13 of 14 passes in the second half and throw for four touchdowns overall.
While San Francisco allowed only 216 total yards, the defense rarely pressured Cutler. The 49ers hit him three times all game and recorded just one sack, by defensive lineman Justin Smith. The secondary was helpless to stop wideout Brandon Marshall, who caught three touchdowns.
The 49ers DST heads to Arizona in Week 3.
Ray McDonald has court hearing postponed
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/13/14) The court hearing for 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald has been postponed, the National Football Post reports.
"The investigation of the McDonald matter continues," the Santa Clara District Attorney announced. "Monday's court date will be postponed. A later date will be announced by the court."
McDonald has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, but it has yet to be determined whether formal charges will be filed. The defensive tackle will continue to play with the team while the legal process runs its course.
San Francisco DST has a field day with Tony Romo
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/7/14) The 49ers DST had a field day with Tony Romo and the Cowboys Week 1.
San Francisco wasted no time picking up points. On the Cowboys first drive of the game, the 49ers forced a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown. They nearly scored again on Dallas' third drive. Tony Romo threw an interception to Eric Reid. Reid nearly brought it back all the way, but was taken down at the 2-yard line.
The team more than made up for that miss over the course of the game. San Francisco managed to pick off Romo two more times. They also picked up three sacks.
While the performance was mostly dominant, the 49ers proved to be somewhat vulnerable in the run game. DeMarco Murray managed 118 yards on 22 carries.
The 49ers DST will take on the Bears Week 2.
Ray McDonald will play Week 1, coach says
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/5/14) 49ers defensive end Ray McDonaldwill play Week 1 against the Cowboys, despite being charged with felony domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his pregnant wife, the Bay Area News Group reports.
"The way the facts are and what’s known, he has the liberty to play in the game," head coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday.
49ers DST to be tested Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/4/14) The 49ers DST will get a big test Week 1 against the Cowboys.
San Francisco is dealing with some big losses on defense heading into the season. Glenn Dorsey and NaVorro Bowman are both sidelined with injuries, Aldon Smith is currently suspended and the team lost three members of the secondary during free agency. While the unit has been strong in the past, that’s a lot to overcome.
It doesn’t help that the club is taking on the Cowboys Week 1. Because Dallas’ defense was so bad last season, the offense had to compensate by getting into shootouts each week. They were successful, as Fantasy defenses averaged 5.06 Fantasy points per game when facing the Cowboys. That was the second lowest figure in the league.
More of the same is expected from Dallas this season, which means the 49ers could have their hands full Week 1. It’s tough to carry two defenses early in the year, but there’s just too much going on here to recommend San Francisco as a strong Fantasy start.
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The 49ers DST should once again be a top unit this season, but two key players might be missing early in the year NaVorro Bowman (knee) isn't expected to return to the middle of the season, and Aldon Smith could be facing a suspension. We'll find out when those two will be on the field during training camp, but we still have plenty of confidence in the 49ers DST to make plays. The unit was No. 5 in Fantasy points in a standard league in 2013 with 38 sacks, 18 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, five defensive touchdowns and one safety. They held their opponents to 272 points, and this is the third year in a row they have been a Top 5 Fantasy option. We would draft the 49ers with a late-round pick in all leagues. Once the Seahawks DST comes off the board then get ready to draft the 49ers because they are likely the No. 2 unit coming into the season.