In case you didn’t notice the San Francisco 49ers have not played a football game on Sunday since October 14, a span of three weeks. On that date the 49ers lost to the New York Giants 26-3 and have won their last two games. Since Week 6, the 49ers have played on Thursday night, Monday night and had their bye week, all in consecutive weeks. While it’s been nice to have had the last three Sundays free to view other NFL games and watch the SF Giants win the World Series, three weeks was long enough. I have missed seeing the 49ers play on Sunday.
Coming off their bye week, the 49ers will host the St. Louis Rams for their first game of the season. The Rams have lost the last three games and sit in last place in the NFC West with a 3-5 record. However, the Rams are also coming off their bye week and they are much different from the team that won two games last season.
The Rams hired veteran coach Jeff Fisher in the off-season to right the ship in St. Louis. So far, Fisher has done a good job by matching and surpassing the win total from 2011. It’s also helped that the Rams have remained mostly healthy this season compared to last season when key players, like QB Sam Bradford, missed games because of injuries. In the two games between the 49ers and Rams last season, Bradford was hurt and inactive. This season Bradford has stayed healthy passing for 1,797 yards with 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Jim Harbaugh on Sam Bradford,
He’s always been a pretty top-notch guy. We didn’t see him last year; it was inactive for both of our games we played against them… But he has all the things you look for from a top-notch quarterback in this league.
49ers players officially return to work on Tuesday, but the coaching staff and some players worked out at the team’s facilities during the bye week. The 49ers start the second half of the season with momentum because of a two game winning streak and 1.5 game division lead over the second-place Seahawks. The last eight games of the season will be challenging for San Francisco. To close out the season they have four division games, two games on the road against the Saints and Patriots, and two games at home against the Bears and Dolphins.
Enjoy watching the 49ers play on Sunday this weekend against the Rams. Next week’s game is at home against the Bears…on Monday Night Football.