San Francisco 49ers
Anthony Davis is still recovering from his concussion and Justin Smith has a bad back, but Smith will play and no other important players will miss this important game. Seattle on the other hand has no new injuries, making both sides relatively healthy.
The 49ers and Seahawks face Thursday and there is plenty to talk as this game is as big as it gets for a regular season meeting. During the game there will be several key matchups that should produce some must-see-television.
When the 49ers and Seahawks square off Thursday it could mean the end of one of the two’s playoff chances. While neither will be technically eliminated, the loser will essentially need to win out, which is a tough task when considering the two teams remaining schedules.
The 4-7 St. Louis Rams may seem to be weak at first glance, but as coached by long-time NFL man Jeff Fisher, the team once referred to as the “Lambs” is anything but right now. Remember, St. Louis has wins over Denver, San Francisco and Seattle this year—and they almost beat San Diego last weekend with a third-string quarterback. They’re still good.
It was again ugly, but another win nevertheless for the 49ers. The defense gets the game ball again as they are the reason San Francisco won their 3rd straight game.
When the 49ers and Redskins meet this Sunday injuries will keep some players off the field, but none that should have a major impact on the game. Of the two teams, San Francisco is in far better shape though as Washington could see 4 of their starters sit out.
The 0-10 Oakland Raiders have six games remaining, and if they want to avoid the wrong kind of historic effort, the Silver & Black need to win at least one of those games. But it’s not looking like that is going to happen, all things considered. Somewhere, the ghost of Al Davis is cringing and shaking his fist at the mess his once-proud team has become.
If not for the play of their rookies, who knows where the 49ers would be this season. Chances are they would be farther back in the playoff hunt, if still even in striking distance.
The 49ers return home this week to take on the Washington Redskins. The Redskins are coming off a tough loss and despite a losing record is not a team that San Francisco can overlook.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been playing pretty well lately, as evidenced by their win over the Seattle Seahawks last weekend. Now, they get to the play the first of two games remaining on their schedule against the hapless Oakland Raiders, and if the Silver & Black want to win their first game in more than a year, they’ll need to be at their “best”—whatever that is.