49ers vs. Chargers: 5 bold predictions for Sunday Night Football

Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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The 49ers host the Chargers on Sunday Night Football, and Niner Noise breaks down five bold predictions for the primetime showdown.

Sure, the 5-3 Los Angeles Chargers have a better record halfway through the season than the 4-4 San Francisco 49ers.

But Week 10’s Sunday Night Football bout between these two teams should be a matchup in which the Niners win rather soundly and easily.

Both inconsistent and marred by injury, the Bolts aren’t wholly unlike what head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad has been like over the first half of the year. Yet San Francisco is looking at getting healthy on both sides of the ball, and one might figure Shanahan’s offense already received its much-needed boost from the pre-NFL trade deadline pickup of All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.

McCaffrey figures to be a key reason why the 49ers are a touchdown favorite in this game, according to WynnBET, and he’ll lead off our list of bold predictions for Sunday night.

49ers vs. Chargers bold prediction No. 5: Christian McCaffrey will have 150 all-purpose yards

One could boldly predict McCaffrey to get 200 total yards from scrimmage, as Los Angeles ranks dead last in the NFL in allowing an average of 5.7 yards per rush, and head coach Brandon Staley’s defense hasn’t been particularly good at defending against running backs receiving passes out of the backfield either.

And when thinking about how many rush yards the Chargers have allowed as of late, it’s hard not to think of the multifaceted McCaffrey going off in front of a national audience on Sunday night.

Perhaps the lone element holding McCaffrey back from getting 200 yards could be the fact Shanahan would want to work in other offensive weapons, perhaps including running back Elijah Mitchell, who finally seems poised to return after suffering an MCL sprain way back in Week 1.

However, 150 net yards won’t be bad from McCaffrey, but the 200 yards lead us to our next bold prediction for Sunday Night Football.