San Francisco 49ers (3-8) vs. Buffalo Bills (6-5)
Ralph Wilson Stadium
10:00 A.M. (PST)
The 49ers travel cross country to face the Bills in what is expected to be a chilly matchup with the game time temperature predicated to be 35 degrees with a chance of snow. The 49ers struggle anytime they have to play on the East Coast and with the weather possibly being a factor the 49ers have tough task to pull out a win. The Bills were on a downslide of their own before beating the lowly Chiefs 54-31 last week. The Bills kept their playoffs hopes alive with the win and need to pull off another victory against the Niners to keep their chances alive. The 49ers had their hands full against Tony Romo and T.O. last week not being able to stop or pressure the offense at all. The Bills are not the Cowboys but have threats in Trent Edwards who has regained confidence after the Bills suffered through a four game losing streak in which he threw eight interceptions. Look for Edwards to connect on a few long plays with WR Lee Evans as the 49ers D simply cannot keep opponents from scoring on deep passes. RB Marshawn Lynch will get a lot of carries if the weather is a factor in the game. He has had a solid season rushing for 710 yards with seven TD’s.
In order for the 49ers to win they need to do what they have not been doing the whole year on defense, stopping the opposing team’s offense from scoring. Cornerback and former Bill Nate Clements was largely responsible for T.O. having over 200 yards receiving last week. He will need to have a good game with a turnover for the 49ers to get the win. Clements was signed for big money to be the playmaker and receiver stopper which he has not done this year. Hopefully Clements will have extra fire playing against his former team to try to prove to the Bills not resigning was a bad choice.
The 49ers will be down must of the game as the cold weather affects Shaun Hill and the passing game causing turnovers. Frank Gore will have 100 yards rushing but that will not enough to overcome the deficit the 49ers find themselves going into the fourth quarter. As with almost all the 49ers losses they will come up short in the end failing to close out the game to get the win as they lose their ninth game of the season.
Fantasy Studs of the Game:
Frank Gore (115 yards rushing, Two Touchdowns)
Only offensive threat, so the only fantasy stud on the team
Trent Edwards (230 yards passing, Two Touchdowns)
Anyone who is a quarterback facing the 49ers defense can pass for at least 150 yards and one touchdown. This week the 49ers make Edwards look like a Pro Bowler