The San Francisco 49ers return home to take on the *looks at calendar* Los Angeles Rams. *gulp* The undefeated 6-0 Los Angeles Rams. This is the team with the most yards on average per game (464.3), the team with the most rush yards per game (154.3), facing the team that allows 29.8 points per game (29th in the league).
This game was supposed to be one of the most anticipated matches of the year for both teams and the NFL. Heck, it was supposed to be the Sunday Night Football game but the NFL just had to flex it out for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs. Who wants to see Andy Dalton anyways? Sorry, Bengals fans.
Looking at the Rams
After that performance from C.J. Beathard on Monday night against the Green Bay Packers on the road, he’ll have to do even better against the Rams defense. They don’t have to worry about Aqib Talib who is currently on injured reserve, but there is still Marcus Peters roaming in the secondary; he’s one of the best young corners the game has. The defense also boasts Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Mark Barron and more. Their defense gives up 344 yards per game but only allows 19.7 points per.
As for the Rams offense, they’re easily one of the best in the league, if not the best. Jared Goff is superb, Todd Gurley already has nine rushing touchdowns on over 600 yards rushing, the offensive line has been playing well, and they have great receivers. Although the Rams will be without Cooper Kupp Sunday, they still have Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks against this struggling 49er secondary. Will Goff go after Richard Sherman is a question to keep an eye on.
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Looking at the 49ers
This season has treated the 49ers awfully. I don’t care what anyone else tells me. Injury after injury, a painful loss at Green Bay, failed come back attempts against the Chargers and Cardinals and more. Simply put, it sucks.
There are some positives we’ve seen though from this group. Matt Breida has been stellar, despite injuries. He’ll be a key factor against this Rams defense behind an offensive line who also have been great so far. Mike McGlinchey has been one of the best young tackles in the league. C.J. Beathard, so far, has been a solid serviceable back up. George Kittle has been one of the best tight ends in the league in terms of catching, yards, and blocking. Marquise Goodwin was a game changer last week.
On defense, DeForest Buckner is still a beast on the defensive line, he just needs way more help. Fred Warner has been a great pick so far. This secondary would be much worse if Sherman was not signed.
The 49ers will need every single thing to go their way on Sunday. In other words, it’s not going to happen. Nothing has went their way this season and it’s going to continue for a while. They’re a young team and they’ll learn and hopefully be better prepared next season.
Nobody has the 49ers winning this game and that’s fair. They’ll be playing the league’s hottest team right now. If they can make it interesting, it’ll have to be because of Beathard’s play. The defense has not proven anything to make me confident against this high-powered Rams team.
Prediction: 49ers 27, Rams 38
Side note: I predicted the Packers to win last week 34-30, which was one point off.