I assume many of you, like myself, were jumping for joy as the San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five years.
I also assume you’re wondering why I’m beginning a San Francisco 49ers (4-3) post with talk of a different sport.
Simply put, magic is in the air in the City by the Bay.
While Market Street prepares for another parade, the Niners are prepping for Sunday’s matchup with the St. Louis Rams (2-5). The Bye Week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Red and Gold, who will see Glenn Dorsey return to the lineup, and the upcoming returns of Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, and possible debut of Marcus Lattimore. More good news, NaVarro Bowman is progressing nicely through his rehab, recently running a 40 in the 4.5 range.
The 49ers have plenty to be confident about heading into Sunday. They defeated the Rams in Week 6, 31-17 as Colin Kaepernick delivered his best performance of the season, going 22-35 for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 49ers defense also turned in five sacks in the contest, including a pair each for Ahmad Brooks and Dan Skuta. Brandon Lloyd added to the mix, shifting the momentum of the game just before the end of the half, hauling in an 80-yard scoring strike.
The 49ers and Rams are nearly even record wise overall, but since the Rams moved to St. Louis, the Niners are 21-13 against their division rivals, and have won three in a row. As far as Sunday goes, the Niners are currently 10-point favorites. While divisional matchups are usually close no matter what the records indicate, the 49ers are the better team and should handle St. Louis, who just lost Brian Quick and Jake Long for the season. Final score, 49ers 28, Rams 13.
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