Thursday Night Football: 49ers vs. Rams

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Expect the 49ers to get back to the basics in their matchup against the Rams. Frank Gore and Co. have to be chomping at the bit to attack the Rams run defense that gave up 193 total rushing yards to the Cowboys. A large portion of those yards came from the Ram-killer himself, DeMarco Murray, who accounted for 175 yards. San Francisco will run more plays for Colin Kaepernick to get him out in space, Gore will get 20+ carries and Kendall Hunter will also factor into the ground game.

The Rams are only giving up 105 yards per game ranking 16th in the NFL, part of that was due to teams taking advantage of soft coverage in the passing to execute quick passes to push down the field. The defensive captain James Laurinaitis has to lift the tenacity of this young and talented defense to make plays and prepare themselves for a battle up front against the 49ers. This week will test if the Rams ailing run defense is a blimp or trend.

Source: Kelton Brooks,