No. 3: 49ers can't abandon run game vs. Jaguars
Unfortunately, Kyle Shanahan's offense isn't looking like one that can play catch-up, and when San Francisco has had to be one-dimensional after abandoning the run, things haven't been pretty.
That's precisely what Jacksonville will want to happen on Sunday.
The Jaguars are excellent at defending against the run, holding opponents to an average of 3.6 yards per carry, which ranks fourth best in the NFL entering Week 10. And while the 49ers hope to counter with All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, the 2023 MVP candidate hasn't exactly been putting up gaudy numbers as of late outside of continuing his touchdown-scoring streak.
Over the last four weeks, McCaffrey has averaged just 48.3 rush yards per game.
Getting left tackle Trent Williams back from an ankle injury should help, yes, but McCaffrey has to be an X-factor, too, even if his efforts aren't paying off handsomely early in the game.