Return of the Empire: 49ers 2-0 heading into Thursday Night Football

Sep 20, 2023, 12:41 PM | Updated: 1:43 pm

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Week 2 was more of a challenge for the San Francisco 49ers, pulling out the win, 30-23, against the L.A. Rams in SoFi Stadium. They’ll look to make it 3-0 to start the season Thursday, taking on the New York Giants.

On the latest edition of Return of the Empire, a 49ers podcast, Amil Fragoso and producer Kyle Ledbetter recap the 49ers’ Week 2 win over the Los Angeles Rams and what went right for the Red & Gold on Sunday. Amil also breaks down some weak spots for the 49ers’ roster so far, and where they need to improve throughout the 2023 season. Finally, they look ahead to Week 3 against the Giants on Thursday Night Football, and who will be missing from action for both teams this week.

Plus, does quarterback Daniel Jones represent a challenge for Kyle Shanahan?

All that & much more on the Return of the Empire.

“Huge challenge,” coach Kyle Shanahan said about Jones Tuesday. “It starts with his legs. Anytime you have that speed and you can run the ball like he does. They’re willing to run him. He’s willing to run. He’s physical when he runs. He’s got the skillset to run away from people. So anytime you have a quarterback like that, the challenge that does just schematically, unlocking your defense and making you have to play a certain way is always a pain. And then he’s got the ability to play in the pocket and beat you that way too. So he’s getting better each year. We’ve all really loved him coming out and I think one of the main reasons he took them to the playoffs last year. He played really unbelievable there in that second half on Sunday.”

Episode 31 - Christian McCaffery Takes a Giant Step…
51 minutes

Topics Discussed:

  • Amil & Kyle’s takeaways from Week 2’s win over the Rams
  • Amil breaks down the usage for Christian McCaffrey
  • The latest on Brandon Aiyuk’s status for Week 3
  • Has Steve Wilks passed the eye test yet?
  • Kyle’s thoughts on the New York Giants following their Week 2 comeback
  • Does New York have a chance without Saquon Barkley?

The Return of the Empire podcast is a San Francisco 49ers podcast hosted by beat writer Amiliano Fragoso and producer Nate Littlefield for Sactown Sports 1140. Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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