NFL San Francisco 49ers

5 San Francisco 49ers Who Need Big Games In Week 3

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Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick

Head coach and Quarterback
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With the offensive letdown and team beatdown from the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, the San Francisco 49ers are looking to rebound in Week 3. They will be returning home to Candlestick Park to face the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams are coming off losses in Week 2 and are looking to redeem themselves.

The Colts are not considered to be the threat that the Seahawks are, but they are definitely a formidable team to face with quarterback Andrew Luck and newly acquired running back Trent Richardson on the roster. The Niners should expect a balanced attack but they are talented enough to handle the away team.

This game has the makings of a pure upset. Luck was the first pick in the 2012 draft for a reason and he has shown why he was chosen. Richardson was chosen No. 3 by the Cleveland Browns in the same draft. Last season, Richardson rushed for over 900 yards, so he will be effective in the run game. How much remains to be seen considering he has only been with the Colts for just a few days.

Indianapolis needs to try to run dive plays up the middle early to test a defense less than 100 percent defensive line. If that does not work, then Luck needs to use the short passing game with his runningbacks and tight ends and chip the ends to keep San Francisco’s defense honest so he can start taking shots down the field with his wide receivers.

On defense, Indianapolis is still a bit undersized compared to most defenses in the league, but they can be effective. Expect the 49ers to try to use their muscle on against the Colts defense. Indianapolis does have safety LaRon Landry who is known for his big hits and cornerback Vontae Davis who is one of the better cornerbacks in professional football.

To avoid an upset, these five 49ers will need to have big performances.

John Ware is a San Francisco 49ers writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @OutermindMedia, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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5. Colin Kaepernick

Quarterback
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Last week, Kaepernick played like an inexperienced rookie running for his life. He needs to redeem himself by throwing the football effectively.

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4. Aldon Smith

Linebacker
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To make amends for in alcoholic discretion, Smith needs to make sure he gets a sack or two.

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3. Glenn Dorsey

Nose Tackle
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This is Dorsey's chance to put himself back on the map now that Ian Williams is out for the season.

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2. Defensive Backs

Defensive Backs
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The Colts wide receivers are not the biggest, so Carlos Rogers and Nnamdi Asomugha need to play press man coverage.

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1. Anquan Boldin

Wide Receiver
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In Week 2, Boldin only had one catch for seven yards. He should be able to get open with some ease this week against smaller defensive backs.