Colts vs. 49ers NFL Week 3: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Candlestick Park
Weather: Low 55, High 72
Line: San Francisco (-10)
Coming off a tough loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers have all the potential to be a Super Bowl contender once again. However, losing to rival Seattle by a score of 29-3 proved that this team has a lot of work to do if it wants to get back to the title game. Colin Kaepernick leads the talented offense with 539 yards, three touchdowns and 109 yards on the ground — which leads the team in rushing. Anquan Boldin has been a huge addition for this team, catching 14 passes for 215 yards and a score on his way to becoming Kaepernick’s favorite target. Vernon Davis has started the season out strong once again, catching nine passes for 118 yards and two scores. Frank Gore is going to need to get his run game going because 60 yards through two games is not going to cut it.
The Indianapolis Colts have somewhat underperformed through two weeks, sneaking out with a win against the Oakland Raiders and losing at home to the Miami Dolphins. Sitting at 1-1, not too many people are sure what to make of this team. Andrew Luck is 43-66 for 499 yards and three touchdowns and adding another 76 yards and a score on the ground as the team’s second-leading rusher. Losing Vick Ballard might hurt the offense a bit in the run game, but Ahmad Bradshaw will welcome the idea of getting more carries. He has just 22 carries on the season for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Colts rank fifth in the league in rushing yards per game with 130.
Defensively, the Colts have been poor so far. They rank 23rd in the league in total yards allowed per game and 29th in rush yards allowed per game. Gore may have finally found the matchup he needed to break out and record a 100-plus yard game. San Francisco, on the other hand, had one of the best defensive units a season ago, but have severely underperformed so far this season, allowing the ninth most rushing yards per game and ranking near the middle of the league in every other defensive category.
PREDICTION: Colts 17, 49ers 31