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Thursday Night Observations

I had the Cardinals plus 9.5, so for me it was an entertaining game. But I also sat Kenyan Drake for Phillip Lindsay at the last minute, so it could have been better.

Jimmy Garoppolo is good enough. The Niners have an offensive mastermind running the show, fast backs, a top-five all-time TE and a professional receiver with Emmanuel Sanders. Garoppolo doesn't have to carry the team on his back, but he made big throws all game on third down, and Sanders could be a game-changer for him.

It figures after a monster Week 8 Tevin Coleman would be shut down entirely this week. Matt Breida was the more effective runner, and this is still a roughly even timeshare.

Deebo Samuel is a tough, physical receiver, but he had a bad drop in the end zone.

Kyler Murray looks like a rookie Russell Wilson if Wilson had a weak supporting cast. He'll be a star soon. Partial as I am to Danny Dollars, I'd still take Murray ahead of him.

Drake ran like the guy he was in Miami on the rare occasion they gave him carries. He's quick, smooth and elusive and a natural pass catcher. I have no idea what will happen once David Johnson and Chase Edmunds come back.

Andy Isabella got me the cover on an 88-yard catch and run. It's hard to fathom why the Cardinals won't give their second-round pick any run, given the scrub receivers they're continuously trotting out. Isabella runs a 4.31 40, speed that was on display as he outran the entire 49ers secondary.

Buddha Baker had 13 tackles and three passes defensed. It seemed like he was involved in every single defensive play. Patrick Peterson blew a coverage on Dante Pettis, leaving him wide open for a TD, a play that might have been the difference in the game.