The San Francisco 49ers entered Monday night's game with the Arizona Cardinals as favorites, so a win was expected. How that 24-3 victory came about, however, raises a few eyebrows.
The 49ers entered the game with the league's top defense and it was likely that the Cardinals wouldn't be able to do much with the football. But mustering up seven rushing yards on nine carries is flat-out unacceptable, especially on home turf.
Not having a backfield at full strength hinders any ability to get a running game going. Arizona will be dealing with that all season long, with Ryan Williams out for the year and Beanie Wells' return uncertain.
While crawling into an early deficit certainly didn't help either, calling only nine rushing plays all night long played a huge part for the miserable total.