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

Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
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49ers vs. Chargers bold prediction No. 3: Bolts fail to reach 300 yards

Alright, it’s time to resurrect that elite-level San Francisco defense that graced the field between Weeks 1 through 5 and not so much the one that fell victim to both the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs in Weeks 6 and 7, respectively.

Holding the Chargers offense to less than 300 total yards is going to be difficult, especially considering quarterback Justin Herbert has already cemented himself as one of the better young signal-callers in the NFL today.

However, if the 49ers offense maintains possession long enough, simply keeping Herbert and Co. off the field is a true possibility.

There are other elements at play in the Niners’ favor, too, especially two of Herbert’s best receiving weapons, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen, banged up.

Williams missed practice during the week with an ankle injury, while Allen is still recovering from a hamstring injury and has only played two games this year.

True, Herbert has the potential to target his other weapons, and running back Austin Ekeler is a threat.

But let’s look for San Francisco’s defense to clamp down hard on the Chargers this Sunday.