Who would have thought that the San Francisco 49ers would be 1-2 after three weeks into the NFL season?
That is the case and tonight they visit NFC West rivals the St. Louis Rams in a crucial test for the 49ers. San Francisco must find a way to win and get on track or their season could be last early.
The Rams are also 1-2 but that is more to be expected than with the 49ers. The loser of this matchup with be 2½ games behind the first place Seattle Seahawks in the division.
San Francisco has lost two straight to Seattle and Indianapolis by a combined score of 56-10. St. Louis had also lost two straight to Atlanta and Dallas.
In last year’s two head to head games between the two teams, the Rams were 1-0-1 SU and 2-0 ATS. What is even more impressive is the Rams were 4-1-1 SU as well as 6-0 ATS in their six division games last season.
Currently the line has San Francisco favored by 3 points with the point total resting on 42. Both lines have moved slightly after opening at 3.5 and 43.
San Francisco started out looking like the NFC defending champions with their opening game win over the Green Bay Packers, but since then the wheels have started to fall off.
The passing game for the Niners has struggled over games 2 and 3 with Colin Kaepernick only completing 26 of this 55 passed for a paltry 277 combined yards after throwing for 412 yards in game 1. In games 2 and 3, Kaepernick threw no passes for touchdowns and 4 for interceptions.
With few receivers beyond Anquan Boldin and an injury-slowed Vernon Davis, the 49ers passing offense has been less than stellar.
The running game has not been any better with just 115 yards against Indy after rushing for 102 in just the first half.
The defense for San Francisco has had its problems as well. The defense has given up 28 points per game this season. Last season the 49ers defense allowed just 17 per game.
St. Louis will attack the 49ers defense in the air on Thursday. The Rams do not have much of a running game so Sam Bradford their quarterback will have to take to the airwaves if he hopes to win this game.
The 49ers depth will be tested on defense with Smith out. In addition, Patrick Willis a starting linebacker has an injured groin and Nnamdi Asomugha a backup cornerback has a bum knee.
The 49ers have not covered in any of the previous three meetings against the Rams. However, in those games, sportsbooks such as topbet, betonline, sportsbook.com and Bovada had the 49ers as favorites by a touchdown or more.
Since Jim Harbaugh became the head coach, the 49ers are 23-15-2 ATS.
This game should be a new start for the 49ers. I lean to the 49ers big, with the OVER cashing out at 30-17.