49ers well-positioned in topsy-turvy NFC with Jimmy Garoppolo

In The First Read, Jeffri Chadiha provides a snapshot of the hottest stories and trends heading into Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season, including

If there is a silver lining in watching your young franchise quarterback carted off the field with a season-ending ankle injury, the San Francisco 49ers have it in backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

There shouldn’t be optimism around that franchise because of some morose thought that Trey Lance’s exit on Sunday created an opportunity for the more experienced player to take the field again.

There should be hope because the NFC is a mess right now. That seasoned quarterback play the 49ers are about to receive should be more than enough to vault them into an advantageous position.

The Philadelphia Eagles are proving to be a formidable contender — especially after their Monday night beatdown of the Minnesota Vikings — but the one thing we can say about the NFC through nearly two full weeks of football is that it’s incredibly unpredictable.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are injury-riddled, the Green Bay Packers are offensively challenged, the Dallas Cowboys won’t have their starting quarterback for at least three more games and the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams almost blew a 25-point lead to the lowly Atlanta Falcons after being blown out by Buffalo in their season opener.

This is what Garoppolo is walking into with the 49ers. The four division champions from a season ago all have their own respective flaws to resolve before we’ve officially moved into fall.

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