San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams - 12/1/13
St. Louis Rams (5-6) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm (Candlestick Park)
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Rams look to continue their recent success against the 49ers as the two NFC West rivals meet up at Candlestick Park.
The Rams have been a tough team to figure out this season as they have been very competitive against some very tough opponents then seem to fall to the level of the also rans and as such they find themselves with a 5-6 record and are two games behind the Niners and Cards for second in the division. St. Louis has a nice core of players building as Tavon Austin is finally being utilized properly, and Zac Stacy has the makings of becoming a Marshall Faulk type player in St. Louis if he can stay healthy which wasn’t the case for the breakout running back last week. Stacy was forced from the contest with a concussion and is doubtful for this week’s game against the hard hitting 49ers who will be playing with a huge edge to them this week. Kellen Clemens has filled in nicely in relief of Sam Bradford but he is by no means an upper echelon quarterback and asking him to win a game is a pretty large request especially on the road in a divisional contest. St. Louis has played well of late against the Niners but this will be a tough spot as San Fran looks to keep pace in the NFC wild card hunt.
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The Niners have started to turn things around after a couple of shaky outings but have returned to their Super Bowl contender form as they progress through the season. Colin Kaepernick has had his struggles behind centre this season no question but he did play much better on Monday night against the Redskins and with Michael Crabtree slated to return from injury this weekend it gives him another option through the air other than Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Frank Gore continues to be a powerhouse back and Kendall Hunter is a solid change of pace guy making the Niners are a very tough team to defend against as they can beat you thorough the air and on the ground. However the most formidable aspect of San Fran’s game seems to be their front seven as it is among the bets in football as Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis are getting into high gear and even though the Niners have dropped four games, two of them came against very good opponents in tight quarters. I think this is an absolute terrible spot for the Rams as San Fran builds on last week’s victory over the Skins and I think they wallpaper their division rivals in this one by double digits.