San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
Date and Time: Monday, 10/13/14 at 8:35m on ESPN
Game Line: San Francisco 49ers -3.5 (WagerWeb)
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams Monday Night NFL Football Analysis: The San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams appear to be heading in opposite directions as they square off on Monday Night Football this week. The 49ers have overcome recent drama surrounding their coach Jim Harbaugh to win three in a row while the Rams offense has struggled in three straight losses. As reports surfaced about how Harbaugh has lost the trust of his players and questioned whether he would be back next season, team CEO Jed York said Jim is his coach prior to San Francisco’s 22-17 win over Kansas City on Sunday. Harbaugh believes with success comes scrutiny. His men have rebounded nicely from consecutive losses to Chicago and Arizona by beating Philadelphia and the Chiefs at home. The 49ers are third in the NFL with 145.0 rushing yards per game with Frank Gore fifth after gaining 226 of his 365 yards in the last two contests. Gore ran for a season high 153 yards and a TD on 20 carries in a 35-11 win Sept. 26, 2013 at St. Louis. The Rams enter Week 6 tied for 29th with 152.5 rushing yards allowed per contest. San Francisco also has committed one turnover in three games since the Bears forced four to win 28-20 in the first game at Levi’s Stadium. Their defense is still strong, forcing six turnovers in the last three contests is second in the league with 282.8 yards allowed per contest and just 73.8 on the ground. Two weeks after blowing a 21 point, first half lead in a 34-31 home defeat to Dallas, St. Louis came out of its bye to fall 34-28 at Philadelphia on Sunday. The Rams trailed 13-0 after a quarter and 34-7 before rookie quarterback Austin Davis scored the final 21 points for the Rams to fall just short. Davis, who began the season third on the depth chart behind Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill both dealing with injuries. He’s thrown six touchdowns and just two interceptions in his two games under center. He’ll try to continue his success against a 49ers team that has allowed fewer than 200 yards passing in each of the past two games. The St. Louis offense is going to need to continue to make the big play if they’re going to compete in this one at home. San Francisco’s defense is too consistently good for the Rams to have any long term success, but a big play or two could be just what they need to stay in this game.
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San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams Game Prediction: 24-23 St. Louis
What to expect in this Week 6 NFL Football match up: San Francisco will run the ball early and often against a Rams defense that has really struggled against the run this season. The 49ers will slow the game down, use the play clock and try to wear down the Rams defense with Gore and Kaepernick both getting into double digit carries. Their ground and pound attack will be more and more effective as the game goes on and the 49ers will build a lead in the second half. Austin Davis and the Rams offense will struggle for the majority of the game but if there’s one thing Davis isn’t afraid to do it’s throw the ball down the field and take chances late in the game. If he can find Brian Quick on a big play late in the game they can pull off the big upset at home.