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5 San Francisco 49ers Players Who Need To Perform Well Against The Houston Texans

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5 San Francisco 49ers Who Must Perform in Week 5

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The San Francisco 49ers have more than just a non-divisional game in Week 5 this season, they have an all out dogfight. The 49ers will be hosting last season’s AFC South champions, the Houston Texans. The Texans are stout on both sides of the ball. Their offense has one of the best wide receivers in the past 10 years in Andre Johnson, one of the best running backs in Arian Foster and a solid quarterback in Matt Schaub. This offense can produce points whether it is on the ground or in the air, so the 49ers' defense needs get prepared for a rough afternoon.

The Houston defense is no slouch either. Under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Texans 'defense has become stout just like the offense. The defense has All-Pros at each level with veteran safety Ed Reed, linebacker Brian Cushing and defensive end J.J. Watt. This defense for the Texans is very aggressive so quarterback Colin Kaepernick may have to do more running than he has since the season started.

This game is expected to be physical, and with the amount of scuffles that are going on in games now, there might be plenty take place during this game. The 49ers just beat up a weak and inferior St. Louis Rams team 35-11. San Francisco will be returning to Candlestick Park for the game against Houston and will need more than solid play from certain players on the roster. These are the five 49ers who need to play exceptionally well to beat the Texans in Week 5.

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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Colin Kaepernick

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He is the quarterback, and this game could come down to who makes the least turnovers or who can score the most.

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Ahmad Brooks

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He will be the guy the team relies on to pressure the quarterback off the edge.

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NaVorro Bowman

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All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis may miss this game, so Bowman needs to repeat another dominant performance.

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Frank Gore

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He is and has always been the key to the offense working regardless of who is the signal caller.

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Carlos Rogers

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If veteran Nnamdi Asomugha does not play, Rogers is the most physical cornerback they will have available.