St. Louis Rams
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.
New 49ers safety Craig Dahl said his former team, the St. Louis Rams, had a good idea what the 49ers were going to do on offense last season. Dahl said the Rams picked up enough tips watching game film to determine whether the 49ers were going to run or pass.
Safety Craig Dahl, now with the San Francisco 49ers, said the team was tipping plays last season. Dahl was part of a St. Louis Rams team that gave the 49ers all they could handle last season.
The St. Louis Rams signed Terrell Brown, a 6’10” 403-pound undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss.