Line: 49ers -3

The San Francisco 49ers are a proud organization that went through a decade long drought of mediocrity prior to the team appointing Jim Harbaugh as head coach. There have been multiple sources reporting that there is tension between the Harbaugh and the organization as well as tension with the players as well. Harbaugh has taken the team to 3 consecutive NFC championship games and yet he still finds himself on the proverbial hot seat. After what was a slow start the team finds itself with a 3-2 record heading into Monday night and despite media reports quarterback Colin Kaepernick has publically supported his coach. The Rams have had a rough start to the season at 1-3. Losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a knee injury in the preseason was a huge setback that they have been unable to recover from thus far. They appear to have settled on rookie Austin davis at quarterback and he has played well last week going 29-49 for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has the ability to pass the ball with accuracy and he can also make plays with his legs. It will be interesting to see how the veteran 49er defensive front prepares for this relatively unknown quarterback.

The game is in Saint Louis where the Rams have always been a tough opponent for anyone. The teams 1-3 record is not indicative of their performance thus far, especially considering there has been a revolving door at quarterback. They had a 21-point lead against the Eagles a few weeks ago and were unable to pull out the win. They trailed 34-7 in last week’s game and then scored the games last 3 touchdowns. Davis has been a find for Coach Jeff Fischer, after losing Bradford and then backup Shaun Hill to injury he was thrust into a starting role and has thrived throwing 6 touchdowns against 2 interceptions in his 2 starts. He will be up against a tough 49er pass defense that has not allowed a 200 yard passing game in the last 2 games. Wide receiver Brian Quick has become his favorite target with 3 touchdown grabs in his two starts.

San Francisco has always been a running team and that has stayed the same as evidenced by being third in the NFL in rushing at 145 yards a game. Veteran running back Frank Gore continues to defy father time as he is 5th in the league in rushing and has gone for 226 yards in his last 2 games. The team’s defense has been getting healthier every week and has forced 6 turnovers in its last 3 games. The health of tight end Vernon Davis is a question mark due to injury and will be a game time decision. With his first touchdown catch last week the hope is that third receiver Stevie Johnson will be able to build on that and become more involved in the passing game.

Pick: Rams +3

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