Kittle, Aiyuk and Deebo give 49ers Big Three for NFL to fear


There was little positive to take from the 49ers' lackluster Week 4 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium.

The offensive line was manhandled, the defense struggled to contain Carson Wentz and backup quarterback Nick Mullens put up a stinker before being benched late in the loss.

However, there was one good thing the 49ers and their fans can take from the loss to the Eagles.

For the first time this season, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk were on the field at the same time, and they looked like a three-headed monster that will be damn near impossible to stop when the 49ers are going right.

After missing two games with a knee sprain, Kittle caught 15 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown, bulldozing and dragging defenders during a historic performance at Levi's Stadium.

It was Samuel's first game of the season after suffering a Jones fracture during the offseason. While the second-year wide receiver was kept on a limited snap count against the Eagles, he didn't look any hampered at all by the foot fracture. Samuel caught three passes for 35 yards and also took an end-around for 10 yards.

The highlight of the night, of course, came from Aiyuk. In the first quarter, the rookie receiver took a quick screen pass 38 yards for the 49ers' first touchdown of the game, hurdling over a defender before stepping into the end zone.

NFL analyst Brian Baldinger couldn't get enough of Aiyuk's touchdown.

Ever since the 49ers drafted Aiyuk in the first round back in April, we've been waiting to see the 49ers' offense at full capacity. While we still are waiting for the return of Jimmy Garoppolo, it didn't take long to see why Shanahan was excited about pairing Aiyuk with Kittle and Samuel. 

All three players are electric in the open field, harnessing an uncanny ability to make defenders miss and turn solid gains into game-changing plays.

We've seen it with Kittle ever since he burst onto the scene in 2017. We saw how electric Samuel was toward the end of his rookie season when he became one of the 49ers' top offensive weapons en route to Super Bowl LIV.

Now you add Aiyuk to an offense that thrives on the 49ers getting the ball into their playmakers' hands and letting them cook.

Once Garoppolo returns from his high ankle sprain, the 49ers' offensive attack should be one of the hardest to defend in the NFL. An explosive unit that forces defenses to commit and then punishes them for making the wrong decision.

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With three pass-catchers capable of turning 5 yards into 50, the 49ers now have one of the most feared offensive trios in the NFL, one that rivals the New Orleans Saints' group of Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and comes just shy of the Kansas City Chiefs' triumvirate of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins/Mecole Hardman/ Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

"You're going to get Kittle, you're going to get Deebo and you're going to get Aiyuk," Baldinger said. "And they all look healthy. And they all look like they are capable of doing this -- putting the ball in their hands and making something spectacular and something special happen."

Imagine being a defensive coordinator facing Kittle, Aiyuk and Samuel and your plan is to trust your defensive backs to make a one-on-one tackle to prevent a big play.

Good luck.

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