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GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (3-4) at Rams (3-3) at SoFi Stadium, at 1:25 p.m. (PT). TV: Fox. Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Greg Olsen (shade commentary), Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi (sideline reporting).
ODDS: 49ers -6.5. OVER/UNDER: 40.
SERIES: 49ers lead 75-67-3. LAST MEETING: 49ers gained 24-9 on Oct. 3, 2022.
The 49ers are again at SoFi Stadium for the third time within the 2022 calendar yr. And whereas it gained’t be as large of a recreation as their final time, it feels fairly darn large.
After beating the Rams to conclude the 2021 common season however falling within the 2021 NFC Championship Sport, the 49ers will carry Christian McCaffrey again to Los Angeles for the second time in three weeks, in what would be the second recreation for the brand new star working again.
And the 49ers will want McCaffrey in a serious method, particularly with star broad again Deebo Samuel out on Sunday with a hamstring damage. How head coach Kyle Shanahan schemes up other ways to make use of McCaffrey in each the dashing and the passing recreation — particularly with a full week of apply below their belt — can be fascinating.
The 49ers have already got one win over the Rams, who had a bye final week whereas the 49ers misplaced to the Chiefs. With a win, the 49ers wouldn’t solely leapfrog the Rams within the NFC West standings, however assure that they’d have the tiebreaker in the event that they find yourself with the identical document as Los Angeles.
If they can pull that off, how the offensive line continues to carry out towards Aaron Donald can be value watching. Additionally value seeing is that if cornerback Jason Verrett is ready to play on the skin defensively and provides the 49ers a deadly 1-2 punch within the defensive backfield.
It’ll, undoubtedly, be a red-and-gold present within the stands at SoFi Stadium. Will the soccer recreation on the sector match it?
Comply with together with our reporters Cam Inman and Jerry McDonald, columnist Dieter Kurtenbach and different analysts offering their ideas concerning the recreation.