The Buffalo Bills entered week five with their heads hung low after blowing an opportunity to beat the New England Patriots and be 3-1. Instead of leading their division with 3-1, they collapsed in the second half and allowed the Patriots to come from behind and capture the victory, their inability to play well on offense or defence carried over into week five when they travelled to Candlestick Park to take on the then 3-1 San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have been on a war path this season following an overtime loss in the NFC Conference Championship game last season, which they will look to avenge that loss in week six against a wounded New York Giants team.
The San Francisco 49ers are now 4-1, and in their past two games, following their only loss of the season, they have won by a combined score of 79-3. They are the leagues most dominant team, statistically, ranking third on offense, and first on defence. This week they will be playing the New York Giants, who have a long list of starters who are banged up and will either be limited, or not playing at all. This is the perfect week for the 49ers to get their revenge on the Giants for the game last season which eliminated the 49ers and propelled the Giants to become Super Bowl Champions. Although this game won’t take anything away from the Giants, it can give the 49ers the right to say that they are the team to beat in the 2012 NFL Season.
The only concern for the 49ers is whether Alex Smith will be 100% or not. At the end of the game in week five, Smith sprained the middle finger on his throwing hand, and Kaepernick had to finish the game for the 49ers. Kaepernick’s role on the 49ers continues to grow, so expect to see a decent amount of plays with him on the field on Sunday, regardless of Alex Smith’s status.
Another key to watch in the game against the Giants is whether or not the former Giants running back, Brandon Jacobs will be active for the first time as a member of the 49ers. Jacobs injured his knee during a preseason game and has yet to play a game for the San Francisco 49ers, but he likely will want to get some action in this game to show the Giants he can still run with power and is not over the hill. Jacobs hasn’t been just sitting around playing PartyPoker since his injury, he has been rehabbing and preparing for a return to help improve what is already the NFL’s best rushing team. Additionally, Mario Manningham, who will forever be known for his sideline catch on the Giants game winning drive in Super Bowl 46, has a growing role in the 49ers offense, and the 49ers will likely try to use his speed to exploit the Giants secondary which is filled with injured players.
This game has the makings of being a very good game, but if the 49ers can continue their dominance that started following their week three loss to the Minnesota Vikings, then this could potentially be another dominating victory that will send a sound message to the rest of the league.