If you watched the Carolina-St. Louis and/or the Arizona-San Francisco game, you probably noticed the noticeable lack of offense by both the Rams and 49ers. The only difference between both teams last week is that the 49ers won their game. Well this week, you can throw that notion out the window. Expect lots of offensive fireworks this weekend as the respective defenses will be defenses – in name only.
The 49ers got a subpar performance from quarterback Alex Smith; he passed for only 126 yards. Expect him to improve on those numbers as the Rams’ defense is still suspect in most departments. The 49ers will need a supreme effort from their starting running back Frank Gore; last week, Gore ran for only 55 yards as a doubling of his rushing yardage will probably be necessary if the 49ers want to pull out a victory.
The Rams, unlike the 49ers, have a few more offensive weapons at their disposal. They have QB Marc Bulger, RB Steven Jackson, and someone who will make some noise as the season progresses – newly signed tight end Randy McMichael. And let’s not forget their wide receivers. Yes, WR Torry Holt isn’t 100%, but then again he probably doesn’t have to be against the suspect (so far) 49ers’ secondary. The only minus is the loss of OT Orlando Pace, who is out for the season. Offense will reign supreme as Bulger, Jackson and probably Holt will boost the Rams to 1-1 this weekend.