Niner Noise looks around the league in Week 7 and picks the San Francisco 49ers to lose big to the visiting Los Angeles Rams, along with the remaining predictions for Sunday and Monday.
On one hand, it’s going to be pretty cool to see the San Francisco 49ers dish out their 1994 throwback uniforms in Week 7 at home against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.
The 49ers have plenty of festivities planned for this contest, including a private unveiling of the statue commemorating the late Dwight Clark’s legendary catch during the 1982 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys. Additionally, Sunday’s matchup will honor the Niners’ 1994 Super Bowl-winning team, and there will be plenty of 49ers alumni present.
The game itself against the Rams, however, might not be quite as fun.
Los Angeles is fresh off a 23-20 road win against the Denver Broncos. And while Denver’s vaunted pass rush did a good job limiting Rams quarterback Jared Goff, the Broncos defense had zero answers for running back Todd Gurley, who led 270-yard Rams ground attack.
Meanwhile, the 49ers are still reeling from a painful 33-30 last-second loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.
The 49ers’ short week in advance of Week 7 is significant. Playing on Monday night already cut into head coach Kyle Shanahan’s practice schedule, meaning San Francisco is already behind the proverbial 8-ball in game preparation.
And with the Rams boasting one of the league’s most potent offenses, it’s like Odds Shark’s prediction of the 49ers not covering the 9.5-point spread will likely come true.
Prediction: Rams 35, 49ers 21
Let’s take a look around the league and see what other NFL predictions Niner Noise can accurately make for Week 7, shall we?
Titans @ Chargers
The Titans have averaged 11.75 points per game the last four weeks. Injuries have played a factor, but that simply won’t cut it on the road against a Chargers team starting to find its offensive groove.
Prediction: Chargers 27, Titans 14
Texans @ Jaguars
So the Jags just traded for former 49ers and Browns running back Carlos Hyde, eh? It makes sense. Jacksonville hasn’t exactly gotten a lot out of oft-injured tailback Leonard Fournette this season.
Houston is playing better than it did earlier this season. But none of the Texans’ last three wins have been particularly impressive.
Prediction: Jaguars 21, Texans 17
Browns @ Buccaneers
Let’s all get aboard the idea Cleveland rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is going to shred a terrible, terrible Bucs defense in Week 7.
Prediction: Browns 28, Buccaneers 24
Panthers @ Eagles
This is a game sports betters probably want to avoid. The Panthers have quietly put together a nice defense, while the Eagles have been up and down, offensively, ever since quarterback Carson Wentz returned.
Let’s go with the home team here.
Prediction: Eagles 21, Panthers 17
Vikings @ Jets
Minnesota hasn’t looked as dominant as it was last year, but head coach Mike Zimmer’s squad is still infinitely better than the rebuilding Jets right now.
Prediction: Vikings 27, Jets 14
Lions @ Dolphins
Brock Osweiler is starting at quarterback for the Dolphins.
Prediction: Lions 25, Dolphins 13
Bills @ Colts
Who’s starting at quarterback for the Bills again? Derek Anderson? Well, at least it’s not Nathan Peterman.
The Colts’ Andrew Luck’s 186 completions leads the NFL right now.
Prediction: Colts 27, Bills 10
Patriots @ Bears
If Chicago EDGE Khalil Mack wasn’t banged up with an ankle injury, one might be inclined to give this game to the Bears.
Nevermind. They’re hosting the Patriots.
Prediction: Patriots 26, Bears 21
Saints @ Ravens
The Saints are fresh off a bye week, meaning their questionable defense should be able to lock down on quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ up-and-down offense.
How effective will Baltimore’s defense be against New Orleans, and can it sustain any sort of prowess over four quarters if the Ravens offense isn’t scoring points?
Prediction: Saints 23, Ravens 17
San Francisco 49ers
Cowboys @ Redskins
Washington has done a good job stopping the run this season, allowing opponents to average just 4.1 yards per carry. Take away the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott, and Dallas has no other legitimate offensive weapons.
Prediction: Redskins 27, Cowboys 21
Bengals @ Chiefs
The Patriots are the only team capable of beating quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs right now, and even that one was close.
The Bengals aren’t the Patriots.
Prediction: Chiefs 35, Bengals 27
Giants @ Falcons
Gosh, what a way to close out Week 7 — a prime-time Monday Night Football showdown between two bad, bad teams.
In fairness to the Falcons, their defense has been marred by a slew of injuries. But Atlanta’s offense is still potent enough.
Meanwhile, the Giants have all kinds of problems on both sides of the ball. In the locker room too.
Prediction: Falcons 31, Giants 24