After suffering just their 3rd loss of the season last week, its important for the 49ers to avoid a losing streak on Sunday. Standing in their way of getting back in the winning column will be the Miami Dolphins, who have played well in spots, but overall have not had a good season. This one does not appear to be close on paper, but the 49ers proved just last week that there are no easy victories.
Nobody really thought that once the Seattle Seahawks named Russell Wilson the starting quarterback that they had a shot at making the playoffs this year, let alone winning the division. But with only four games left in the season they are right in the hunt, and have the attention of the 49ers, who have come out this week and made it clear that they plan to finish the regular season strong.
When the 49ers drafted running back LaMichael James, both he and the team probably didn’t figure that he would not play through the first 12 weeks of the season. There is still no ETA on when he will play, but with an injury to Kendall Hunter, the team figures to turn to the rookie who can offer the team the same things that Hunter did to help make the offense so effective.
Ahmad Brooks has paid his dues to make it to the NFL. Part of it was his own doing, but his path to get to the professional level as been difficult and unique. However, with football in his blood, he has worked hard to earn a spot with the San Francisco 49ers.
Although the two teams tied last time, nobody gave the Rams a shot in the rematch against the 49ers. San Francisco scored first and it looked like a rout, but St. Louis fought hard for four quarters, forced overtime, earned the upset, and won the season series against the NFC West-leading 49ers.
Although the injury reports list both teams as relatively healthy, San Francisco will be without a big part of their running game, and a player who wore a few hats. St. Louis is also a little banged up, and could be without their top receiver for the season series finale.
The tie will be broken this time when NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams meet Sunday. The 49ers will have a different quarterback than the Rams saw him the last time around. If the 49ers take care of business, they will win easily.
Bruce Miller is a key to the 49ers rushing success but will get little attention as the fullback. A late-minute decision by both him and the 49ers are the reason he is probably in the NFL today, which is a good thing for both him and San Francisco.
New Orleans has players listed as out and will have some concerns at depth, but will have all their starters on the field when the 49ers and Saints play on Sunday. While the 49er secondary has several players listed on the injury report, New Orleans is getting back another offensive weapon.
This weekend’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints is a classic match-up of the high powered Saints offense against the formidable 49ers defense. San Francisco will have to deal with one of the game’s best quarterbacks in Drew Brees as they look to keep their cushion in the NFC West.