GAME DAY Week 4: Rams vs. 49ers

Week 4:Rams vs. 49ers

Week 4: Rams vs. 49ers

St. Louis Rams (0-3) vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-1)

Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park

1:15 PM (PST)

The Rams come into Bill Walsh Field on a 13 game losing streak that goes back to last season.  The Rams are the new Loins with the longest active losing streak in the NFL.  The 49ers cannot become the new Redskins who lost last week against Lions snapping their 19 game losing streak.  The 49ers are favored to win the game even with Frank Gore out but the 49er Faithful cannot assume this will be an automatic win at home.  Both teams will get off to a slow start but the 49ers will pull away in the second half and rookie running back Glen Coffee who is starting in place of Gore should have a big day.  Although three years late Vernon Davis last week showed why he was selected number 6 in draft in 2006 by having a career day with 7 receptions, 96 receiving yards with two touchdowns.  QB Shaun Hill has found his security blanket in Davis especially in the red-zone.  Davis has come a long way from when he was kicked off the field by Mike Singletary last season as he is now a team captain and playing like one.  One of Singletary’s biggest accomplishments this season is motivating Davis to be a better player and getting more production out of him.  Davis has always been an excellent pass blocker and with what he has done so far this season he is becoming a complete tight end.  WR Isaac Bruce will be facing his former team for the third time in his career on Sunday.  Expect Bruce to have similar numbers like the last game against the Rams last season when he caught 7 passes for 61 yards and one touchdown.  Offensive Coordinator Jimmy Raye needs to get Bruce and WR Josh Morgan more involved in the offense if the 49ers want to progress with their passing attack.

The Rams are still the hapless Ram even with a new head coach in Steve Spagnuolo.  They are not progressing at all in their offense as QB Kyle Boller will start in place of injured QB Marc Bulger.  The only threat the Rams have on offense is RB Steven Jackson who can run and also catch the football out of the backfield.  The 49ers D will need to continue their physical hitting if they want to contain Jackson.  If they can accomplish that the D should have a big day.  As far as the wide receivers the only threat is WR Donnie Avery who seems to fumble the football more than catches it so the 49ers secondary should not have any trouble with the Rams passing game.  With Boller starting the game the 49ers D should flush him out of the pocket and pressure him into making mistakes.

Injury Report:

Rams:

Out: QB Marc Bulger (shoulder); S James Butler (Knee); LB David Vobora (Suspended)

Doubtful:  RT Jason Smith (Knee)

Questionable:  CB Ron Bartell (Thigh)

Probable:  LT Alex Barron (Thigh)

49ers:

Out:  Frank Gore (Ankle, foot);  S Reggie Smith (Groin)

Probable:  LT Joe Staley (Thigh);  RT Adam Snyder (Thumb);  TE Vernon Davis (Shin);  LB Takeo Spikes (shin);  LG David Bass (Ankle)

Prospectors Prediction:

Rams 6 49ers 27

No upset here.  The 49ers will rebound from last week’s loss and continue the Rams losing streak to 14 games.  Even though the Rams were in the game last week against the Packers going into the fourth quarter the game will be lost by the third quarter for the Rams against the Niners.  Don’t expect much from the Rams offense who have averaged a league low 8.0 points a game and because QB Kyle Boller will be making his first start since Dec. 26, 2007.  You can expect big games from the Niners Glen Coffee and the offensive line who will be going up against the Rams 27th ranked run D, and from Vernon Davis and Shaun Hill going up against a Rams passing D who will be missing starters LB David Vobora and S James Butler.

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