St. Louis Rams
Linebacker Patrick Willis and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha were inactive for the San Francisco 49ers against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday evening.
The struggling 49ers face the Rams in St. Louis Thursday night.
Mired in their first losing stretch under coach Jim Harbaugh and minus at least one key player, the visiting 49ers look to avoid a third consecutive defeat Thursday night against a Rams team that gave them plenty of trouble in 2012.
While it’s hard to tell, the 49ers are slowly getting healthier. The long list of names on their injured report remains, but nothing to be alarmed about for the time being. St. Louis on the other hand is as healthy as can be heading into this pivotal game to stay out of the NFC West cellar.
One-fourth of the season will be over by the time the 49ers walk off the field in St. Louis, and if they do it as a 1-3 team, they will have dug themselves a hole that will be awfully hard to climb out from.
On their way to the Super Bowl last season, the San Francisco 49ers couldn’t solve one team: the Rams. St. Louis beat San Francisco once and the teams played to a tie, rare blemishes on the 49ers’ record.
While noting the 49ers lost to two very good teams in the Seahawks and Colts the last two weeks, Madden said those games exposed another 49er weakness.
Despite the multitude of issues surrounding the 49ers, they will still have the better team on the field Thursday Night, and if they play like they can, they will snap their first losing streak under Jim Harbaugh as well as their losing streak to the St. Louis Rams.
Daryl Richardson is only in his second NFL season, and he was pushed into the starting running back position for the St. Louis Rams. If ever there was a time for Richardson to grow up in a hurry, the 2013 season is it.
It was only a few years ago that the NFC West was the laughingstock of the league, with Seattle snatching a division title in 2010 despite a 7-9 record. The situation was so unsightly that suggestions of altering the playoff seeding system became an off-season talking point.