The San Francisco 49ers may not be favored by the 26.5 points that the Denver Broncos were against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the 15 point line in favor of the Niners in week eight certainly gives us a good indication of the chances that the Jags have of pulling out a win against one the NFC’s Super Bowl representative from last season.
At 0-7, no one is really expecting the Jags to be favored or to pull out a win in any game they are a part of at this point, but this matchup against the Niners seems hopeless because of the problems that San Francisco should be able to cause this Jacksonville team on Sunday.
Obviously you have to like the vaunted 49ers defense, even if they haven’t lived up to the hype full this season, against the poor Jacksonville offense. With the Jaguars’ porous offensive line and lack of a running game, San Francisco’s defense shouldn’t have a difficult time stifling any kind of consistent production.
On the other side of the ball for the Niners, though, running back Frank Gore should be hungry for the rock this game. Before going up against a Tennessee Titans defense that’s quite underrated last week and being held to 2.9 yards per carry (he did score twice, though), Gore had been on a tear. In the previous four games he had accrued 417 yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries. He had been a near unstoppable force running the ball.
Gore should be able to recapture that type of production against an abysmal Jacksonville run defense this week. The Jags are the league’s worst in terms of rushing yards allowed per game. Throw in a top-10 running back in the league this season and a solid offensive line and it has big performance written all over it. Though big games are often what surprise us as we watch football, I’d be more surprised if Gore didn’t look like a monster in week eight.