It was far from perfect but the San Francisco 49ers pulled off a 30-27 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus provided grades of some of the 49ers top performers from Week 2. Here’s a look at some of the 49ers standouts against the Lions.
1. Matt Breida
The second-year running back’s 90.6 overall grade was the highest on the team and also the top mark of any NFL running back in Week 2. Breida’s 138 rushing yards against the Lions was the highest single-game output of any NFL running back through the first two weeks of the season. Breida was also named to PFF's 'Team of the Week' following his impressive performance against Detroit.
2. Garrett Celek
“Celek Time” made an appearance for the first time this season. The 49ers tight end wasn’t targeted once last week against the Minnesota Vikings, however he caught both of his targets on Sunday including an 11-yard touchdown for a 90.5 overall grade on 23 snaps.
3. Joe Staley
The 49ers offensive line held up well in pass protection as Jimmy Garoppolo was only under pressure nine of his 33 dropbacks. Staley allowed just one sack for a 86.4 pass block grade.
4. DeForest Buckner
Continuing on his “D-POY” quest, Buckner posted an 81.8 overall grade following his one sack, one hit and three quarterback hurry performance against the Lions. Buckner’s 3.5 sacks through two games have exceeded his entire total from 2017 (3).
5. Raheem Mostert
Mostert continues to prove that he is deserving of a Pro Bowl nod as a special teams ace. Although he was not in the running back rotation, Mostert earned an 81.0 special teams grade. He finished the contest with four tackles, including a punishing hit on Lions punt returner Jamal Agnew. His six total tackles on special teams through two weeks leads the NFL.
6. Solomon Thomas
Although Thomas is still waiting to log his first sack of 2018, he was still impressive in his 37 snaps against Detroit. Thomas posted four quarterback hurries in 22 pass rushing snaps for a 79.3 overall grade.
Honorable Mention - Richard Sherman
Appearing in all 77 defensive snaps on Sunday, Sherman was targeted just once on an incomplete pass on the Lions final drive of the game. Sherman has allowed just one catch in 99 coverage snaps so far this season.