TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Weather: High 60, Low 48
Line: San Francisco (-16.5)
Starting the season off very slowly, many people were quite concerned with the direction that the San Francisco 49ers were headed just one season after making it to the Super Bowl. Now that they have found the winning way, the 49ers will be a serious contender and favorite to get back to the Super Bowl once again. Colin Kaepernick was the receiver of much criticism to begin the season, but he has since found his way. Although the 49ers rank second-to-last in the NFL in passing yards per game, Kaepernick has still played pretty well, passing for 1,420 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for another 240 yards and a score. Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis have been the only true help he has had in the passing game, combining for 961 yards and eight touchdowns receiving. The 49ers’ run game ranks third in the league thanks for Frank Gore‘s 547 yards and five touchdowns.
As one of the worst teams in recent NFL history, the Jacksonville Jaguars are considered the bottom-dweller of the NFL these days. Jacksonville doesn’t have an offense that will blow you away, nor any star players that just jump off the stat sheet. There are some guys on this team, however, that have the talent that could make them starters on any other team in the league. Chad Henne has taken over at quarterback for an injured Blaine Gabbert and has done an average job. Neither quarterback is that solid, but Henne’s 1,222 yards and two touchdowns will work — for now. Gabbert might be back this week, but this team will be drafting a QB in the upcoming draft. Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III have been studs in the receiving game. Shorts have 491 yards and a score while Blackmon has 384 yards and a score. Don’t forget about the struggling veteran RB, Maurice Jones-Drew, who has 316 yards and two scores on over 100 carries.
Defensively, the Jaguars are almost as bad as they are on offense — maybe even a bit worse. The Jaguars rank last in the league in points allowed per game while also ranking last in the league in rush yards allowed per game. Their secondary isn’t quite as poor, ranking 14th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game. San Francisco ranks eighth in the league in points allowed per game while excelling in pass defense, ranking sixth in passing yards allowed per contest.
PREDICTION: 49ers 38, Jaguars 17