OK, i was a little off in my forecast last week (30-23 Niner win), but at least I predicted the winning team. Called for the Niners 30 points to include a D or ST score, and would have nailed that except for the penalty on Coffee that negated Rossum's TD.
This week, points will be hard to come by. I'm forecasting a 16-12 Niner win. Lots of FG's this week, for both teams. Somehow/someway, the Niners squeeze in a TD and that's the difference.
Playing indoors, I don't see more than 1 FG total being missed in this game.
Both defenses will tackle crisply, holding down long runs and YAC.
Farve's damaged nail on his throwing hand, WILL affect his passing accuracy.
Andy Lee (and obviously also Nedney) WILL be a major factor for SF.
This will be an ugly game to watch with little offensive consistency for either team. It will be a game of field position and, as always, turnovers will be key. If the Niners score early and play with the lead, then the home-opener crowd will not be so much of a factor. Biggest risk, as I see it is not Adrian Peterson or Favre, but Percy Harvin lighting-up the crowd with a scintillating KR. Harvin is averaging almost 30 yards per KR over 6 returns to date. Niners need good gunner play this Sunday.