With a short week playing on Thursday Night Football the San Francisco 49ers quickly go from their biggest win of the season to the biggest game of the season. The 49ers don’t get to savor the victory for too long knowing they are going on the road against the Chargers who have lost only one time in four years in December under Norv Turner. Mike Singletary and his coaches only have 96 hours between Sunday’s win and Thursday’s kickoff to come up with a game plan to stop the Chargers who at 7-6 are a lot more dangerous than their record suggests. Overall in the NFL the Chargers are ranked number one in pass defense and ranked fourth against the run. The Chargers offense is just as good ranked second in overall offense in the NFL and second in passing offense.
It will be a tall task for Singletary to come up with a game plan to beat the Chargers. The 49ers only have one win on the road this season and with the Chargers fighting for the AFC West crown against the Chiefs and Raiders they will be treating it like a playoff game. There should be a lot of Raiders fans rooting for a 49ers win on Thursday. The 49ers have the momentum of last weeks win and with Alex Smith under center offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has the whole playbook to make calls so they will be able to compete against the Chargers. Where the 49ers will get beat is on defense against the pass. It is December and Phillip Rivers is hungry to win his division so his offense will be in full gear. The Chargers offense will present a much harder challenge than the Seahawks and if the defense expects any turnovers it will come as a fumble from one of the Chargers running backs. Going back to Alex Smith as the quarterback paid off last week and will pay off this week in making it easier to come up with the game plan.