The San Francisco 49ers (1-2) led by QB Colin Kaepernick will look to right the ship and end their 2 game losing streak Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams (1-2). After beginning the season with a 34-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers, Jim Harbaugh’s club has lost back to back games to the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. The 49ers are currently tied with the Rams and Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West standings all trailing the Seahawks who currently sit at 3-0.
The 49ers will be going into the game without their leading pass rusher Aldon Smith who has agreed to go to rehab after his second arrest on suspicion of DUI. Smith leads the team with 4.5 sacks and will be missed as the 49ers rank 8th defensively in pass yards allowed.
Looking at the offense, the 49ers are ranked 23rd in passing and 19th in rushing. Kaepernick has provided the bulk of the offense throwing 53 of 94 for 689 yards and rushing for 129 as well. Kaepernick’s biggest weapon has been Anquan Boldin who has hauled in 19 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown. Second on that list is TE Vernon Davis, who is questionable tonight with a sore hamstring. In order for the 49ers to find success it will be imperative for Davis to be on the field.
Switching to the home team, the Rams come into this game on a two game losing streak as well. After beginning the year with a 27-24 victory over the Cardinals, the Rams have fell to the to the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys in consecutive weeks. Rams second year head coach Jeff Fisher will look to upset the 49ers with a pass happy offense led by QB Sam Bradford who has thrown 88 of 141 for 891 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Elsewhere the Rams have struggled to run the ball with leading rusher Daryl Richardson producing just 98 yards. The Rams also struggle stopping the pass; standing 23rd in the NFL. Despite the 49ers record, Fisher says they will provide a tough test for his ball club.
In the Thursday night match up the Rams will attempt to upset a 49ers team in desperate need for a win. With a Sunday night matchup against the Texans a week away, the 49ers cannot afford a loss to a team many see as beatable. The Rams will look to repeat their success against the 49ers of a year ago where in two matchups, the Rams came away with one tie and one win.
A battle between two great head coaches will commence Thursday night as the 49ers and Rams kickoff at 8:25.