TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 10, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Candlestick Park
Weather: High 59, Low 49
Line: San Francisco (-6)
After a slow start to the season, the San Francisco 49ers are looking like they are getting healthy at the right time. The 49ers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, winning five straight games after a lethargic 1-2 start to the season. Colin Kaepernick might not be living up to expectations as the passing offense ranks dead-last in the league in yards per game through the air. Kaepernick has passed for 1,584 yards and eight touchdowns on the year, but will likely heat up as he is getting wide out Michael Crabtree back in the coming weeks. The receiving corps seem to be just Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and then everyone else. Boldin has 551 yards and two touchdowns while Davis has 518 yards and seven touchdowns as a tight end. Frank Gore has 618 rushing yards and seven touchdowns for the best rushing team in the league.
The Carolina Panthers are also coming back from a slow start to the season and Ron Rivera‘s job looks to be saved after it was in jeopardy after the first few weeks. The 5-3 Panthers don’t have the most impressive offense, but Cam Newton might be the most dynamic quarterback in the league right now. Newton has passed for 1,801 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for another 251 yards and four scores. Newton has relied heavily on tight end Greg Olsen who leads the team with 426 yards and three touchdowns on 34 catches. Steve Smith isn’t too far behind, catching 36 passes for 387 yards and three scores. DeAngelo Williams is having a great season as well, rushing for 519 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Panthers have been near-dominant this season. Ranking second in the league in points allowed and third in total yards allowed per game, the Panthers have dominated teams in the run game and overall. San Francisco ranks fourth in points allowed and sixth in total yards allowed while ranking eighth in passing yards allowed per game — this could be a low-scoring affair.
PREDICTION: Panthers 20, 49ers 27