TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 1, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Candlestick Park
Weather: High 63, Low 47
Line: San Francisco (-8.5)
After a somewhat slow start to the season, the San Francisco 49ers are now back on track and a 7-4 record might now be ideal, but they have been getting some key players healthy and it looks like they will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming weeks. Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been the passing quarterback this season that everyone had expected him to be, but he has been reliable. Kaepernick has passed for 2,037 yards and 14 touchdowns for the last-ranked passing offense in the league while rushing for another 355 yards and three scores. Anquan Boldin has been a bit stronger in the receiving game in recent weeks, accounting for 52 catches for 724 yards and five scores on the year. Tight end Vernon Davis isn’t too far behind with 38 catches for 623 yards and nine scores. Frank Gore has been a beast in the run game, accumulating 779 yards and seven scores.
The St. Louis Rams are coming off a big week 12 win against the Chicago Bears and are looking to continue that momentum and stay in the playoff race with a win against a foe that stands ahead of them in the division. Losing Sam Bradford for the season with a knee injury was devastating for this team, but Kellen Clemens has done a solid job in his absence, passing for 801 yards and four touchdowns and just being a leader in the absence of the starting quarterback. Rookie wide out Tavon Austin has come on stronger than ever in the past couple of weeks after being nearly non-existent through the first handful of weeks, catching 35 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns. Zac Stacy has also been a bright spot on offense, rushing for 624 yards and four touchdowns on 4.4 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Rams have been average this season. St. Louis ranks 12th in the league in points allowed per game while also ranking 18th in total yards allowed and 22nd in passing yards allowed per game. San Francisco ranks fourth in points allowed and sixth in total yards allowed per game on the season as one of the league’s top defenses.
PREDICTION: Rams 17, 49ers 34