Game Day: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

Oct 31, 2015 at 9:00 PM--


On Sunday morning, the St. Louis Rams (3-3) will host the San Francisco 49ers (2-5) at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. This is being posted early due to the 10 AM kickoff.

The 49ers are coming off of a 20-3 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams are coming off of a 24-6 win against the Cleveland Browns.


The 49ers face their second consecutive NFC West opponent in this matchup. During the team's loss to the Seahawks, TE Vernon Davis had four receptions for a team-high 61 yards. He moved past WR John Taylor (5,598 yards) into sixth all-time in franchise history and now has 5,616 career receiving yards.

However, Davis was involved in the rumor mill this week when it was reported that he had criticized QB Colin Kaepernick during a player meeting earlier during the season. It was said that T Joe Staley jumped in to defense Kaepernick. Of course, while this did dominate the team headlines this week, it could simply be the media blowing a difference of opinion out of proportion. Davis has since said that he does not recall the argument.

On the other hand, Staley does recall the argument with Davis but downplayed it during a radio interview on 107.7 The Bone. "This happens all the time. We get into arguments," said Staley. "I think it's all heightened right now because we're not winning games right now, and there's controversy and everything like that."


RB Carlos Hyde will miss his first game of the season. He has been playing with a stress fracture in his foot, something that can only get better with rest. He says that he experiences a lot of pain anytime he puts pressure on the foot. He has yet to rush for over 100 yards in any game this season since the team's opener when he piled up 168 yards against the Minnesota Vikings averaging 6.5 yards-per-carry. Since then, he has averaged just 50.3 yards-per-game while averaging just under 3.4 yards-per-carry.

WR Anquan Boldin, who missed Friday's practice with a hamstring injury, is listed as questionable. However, he insists that he will play.


Defensively, San Francisco registered five sacks against Seattle, marking the second time this season the team had five sacks in a game. LB Aaron Lynch had two of those sacks on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, marking his second multi-sack game of the season. LB Ahmad Brooks brought Wilson down twice, while DT Quinton Dial registered his first sack of the season and third of his career.


The 49ers defense also intercepted Wilson twice as CB Tramaine Brock and CB Kenneth Acker each registered their third interception of the season. Acker has registered interceptions in consecutive games.

While the season may seem just as dismal for the Rams, there is some excitement surrounding rookie RB Todd Gurley. Only a month into his career, Gurley already ranks 12th in the league in rushing yards. He is averaging 6 yards-per-carry and is looking for his fourth consecutive 100+ yard rushing game of the season. He has averaged over 144 yards-per-game during his last three starts and averaged nearly 6.4 yards-per-carry during those games.

Kaepernick was sacked six times by the Seahawks – the second-most he has had in a game during his career. He had a minus-1.3 rating from Pro Football Focus. The Rams rank second in the NFL in sacks.

What the Rams Are Saying

"Anquan is Anquan. He's hard to cover. He's a hard matchup. Torrey (Smith) is a great acquisition there who can go and he's proven he can make the big play down the field. That's with the tight ends and the run game." – Rams head coach Jeff Fisher on the 49ers' offense

"I have a ton of respect for Bruce, and the reason is that he's so versa- tile for them. He's a phenomenal blocker. When they ask him to lead up like a true fullback, he's really physical and he tries to get after you a little bit. He finishes every block. He's one of those players, so to speak, that you can't say he's just a fullback. That's not the case with him because he's super athletic and so, you constantly have to be aware of what he's doing and what his stance is and really have great vision because if you don't, he'll burn you." – Rams LB James Laurinaitis on FB Bruce Miller

Kickoff: Sunday, November 1 at 10:00 AM PT

Television: The game will be televised on FOX (Check 506 Sports to see if it is local)

Bay Area Radio: KGO 810 & The Bone 107.7 (Other radio affiliates)

Spanish Radio: KTRB 860

Australian Radio: Triple M

All-Time Matchup: 49ers lead series 65-63-3

Last Meeting: 11/2/14, Rams win 13-10, at SF

Current Streak: Lost 1

Betting: The Rams are 8 point favorites

NFL Fan Picks: 75% pick the Rams to win according to Yahoo! Sports

49ers Fan Picks: Within our Pick 'em Contest, 71% believe the Rams will win

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Injury Report

TeamPosPlayerInjuryStatus
49ers RB Carlos Hyde Foot Out
49ers WR Anquan Boldin Hamstring Questionable
49ers G Alex Boone Shoulder, knee Probable
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman Shoulder Probable
49ers LB Ahmad Brooks Shoulder Probable
49ers DT Tony Jerod-Eddie Not injury related Probable
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Right hand Probable
49ers G Erik Pears Back Probable
49ers S Eric Reid Chest Probable
49ers T Joe Staley Shoulder Probable
Rams DE Chris Long Knee Out
Rams DE William Hayes Thigh Questionable
Rams RB Tre Mason Ankle Questionable
Rams S T.J. McDonald Shoulder Questionable
Rams DE Robert Quinn Knee Questionable
Rams DT Nick Fairley Illness Probable
Rams TE Lance Kendricks Thumb Probable
Rams LB James Laurinaitis Elbow Probable

Game Averages (Rank)

49ers Rams
14.7 (32nd)
Offense Pts
18.0 (31st)
295.6 (32nd)
Offense Yds
298.8 (31st)
185.4 (31st)
Offense Pass
177.7 (32nd)
110.1 (16th)
Offense Rush
121.2 (13th)
25.7 (22nd)
Defense Pts Allowed
19.8 (11th)
406.0 (31st)
Defense Yds Allowed
351.3 (13th)
292.7 (31st)
Defense Pass Allowed
243.2 (16th)
113.3 (20th)
Defense Rush Allowed
108.2 (15th)

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