San Fransisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams Matchup Preview 10/13/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The 49ers are taking a quick trip to Los Angeles this Sunday to take on the Rams. The Rams are coming off of a couple tough losses, especially their loss against the Seahawks decided by a missed field goal. However, this having been a Thursday game, they’ll be coming in very well rested and ready to go. The 49ers are coming off of their fourth win of the season looking really strong, ready to continue their undefeated record against the Rams. They’re coming off of a short week and are pretty heavily affected by injuries to important players, including Kyle Juszczyk. I’m expecting the well-rested Rams to end the 49ers undefeated season on Sunday, despite the 49ers strong showings this season. The 49ers aren’t to be underestimated, and are definitely going to make it tough for the Rams to win on Sunday. For odds movements and full details on the 49ers @ Rams matchup, click here
Date: Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Time: 1:05 PM PST
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
49ers: Ahkello Witherspoon (Q), Joe Staley (Q), Mike McGlinchey (Q), Kyle Juszczyk (Q)
Rams: Todd Gurley (Q), Clay Matthews (O), Natrez Patrick (Q), Aqib Talib (Q), Brandin Cooks (Q), Taylor Rapp (Q), Bryce Hager (Q).
Los Angeles Rams Analysis
The Rams had a tough loss last week, with their (normally reliable) place kicker Greg Zuerlein missing a field goal that would have given them the win. The Rams had an even tougher loss, however, in week 4 against the Buccaneers. While their offense played well and put up 40 points, their defense wasn’t enough to stop the Buccaneers frrom putting up a whopping 55 points against them. Somehow, the Buccaneers offensive line was able to hold off Aaron Donald despite poor performance this year. The Seahawks offensive line held the Rams to only one sack on Sunday. Garoppolo has been playing very well and Shanahan has designed a very effective offense this season, and the Rams defense is going to need to rise to the challenge. Taking out Kittle will be the hardest and most important task. If the Rams defense can shut him out of the game, they’ll be looking at a good chance at a win.
Jared Goff hasn’t been playing up to the standard he set for himself last year. He has 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on the year, with a 63.1% completion rate and an overall passer rating of 83.0. Despite a somewhat disappointing year from Jared Goff so far, his weapons on offense have still been extremely powerful. Cooper Kupp has returned from his injury even faster than before, having analyzed his running form and corrected himself when re-learning how to run. He’s 4th in the league for total receiving yards with 505. He also has four touchdowns on the year. He’s been incredibly important for the Rams, and has been a big reason for their success in the face of Goff’s subpar play this season. Gurley has also been playing well, yet not as well as he was before his injury last year. He has 270 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season, with 4.2 yards per carry on average. He’s going to get the ball a lot on Sunday. The 49ers have a 5th ranked run defense in yards allowed per game, so the Rams are going to need to be on their game in order to get Gurley going.
Los Angeles Rams Depth Chart
San Francisco 49ers Analysis
The 49ers put on a brilliant performance against the Browns, scoring 31 points and holding them to just 3. Nick Bosa was fantastic. He sacked Mayfield twice, forced a fumble, and put pressure on Mayfield that led to an interception. He was out for blood against Mayfield due to a rivalry of sorts that formed in college. If Bosa can channel that energy against the Rams, he’s likely to put on another incredible showing. Goff has been turnover prone this season, throwing as many interceptions as he has touchdowns. Bosa is going to be very important in this San Francisco pass rush for forcing Goff to make mistakes.
31-3 is a fantastic scoreline, but it actually could have been a lot worse for the Browns. The 49ers didn’t score off of the first two turnovers they got from the Browns. Kicker Robbie Gould only hit one of his four field goal chances. If Gould alone had been able to capitalize more on the opportunities his defense gave him, it would have been 40-3. Obviously, the offense’s failure to capitalize on these first two turnovers didn’t end up mattering; they still won handily. However, the 49ers probably aren’t going to be able to hold the Rams to 3 points. It’s going to be incredibly important that they are able to capitalize on every opportunity they get, as this game is likely to be close and a missed field goal could be the difference between continuing their undefeated record or adding their first loss of the season. While Garoppolo only threw for 181 yards on Sunday, he had a good game, going 20/29 and throwing two touchdowns. He’s been consistently good this season. What hasn’t been as consistent is their running game, which showed up in a BIG way on Sunday. The 49ers rushed for a combined 275 yards on 40 carries (average of 6.9 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns, including an 83 yard touchdown run by Matt Breida on the 49ers first offensive play of the game. The Rams are ranked 15th against the run, so it’s a possibility the 49ers will get their run game going again on Sunday. If the 49ers can capitalize on the opportunities their defense presents them, they’ll be strong competition for the Rams.
San Francisco 49ers Depth Chart
Cooper Kupp has been brilliant this season and I’m expecting him to be brilliant again. Despite Goff’s less than average play this season, Kupp has still managed to score four touchdowns and rack up 505 yards, the 4th most receiving yards in the league. Even if Bosa is able to make things difficult for Goff, Kupp is still likely to have a good game and is a very reliable choice for Sunday. Despite their huge performance on Sunday, I wouldn’t be so quick to pick up Breida or Coleman. Kyle Juszczyk is questionable going in to Sunday’s game, and he plays a big part in the running game because of his blocking ability. I still think the 49ers are going to get good yards on the ground, but I’m not sure it’ll be worth chosing them over another back in the league or even another back playing in this game like Todd Gurley.