St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers Staff Predictions


The St. Louis Rams head into San Francisco on Sunday to play their second game of the season against their division rivals, following a 31-17 home loss to the 49ers less than three weeks ago. As if the first loss wasn’t crushing enough, the Rams will have to face San Francisco this time without their starting left tackle, Jake Long, their best wide receiver, Brian Quick, and arguably their best young defensive player in Aaron Donald.

Here’s how our staff believes that Sunday’s game will play out:

Patrick Karraker, Editor: “The Rams definitely have played the 49ers well at times under the leadership of Jeff Fisher. With that said, this team is limping into San Francisco, and even though they’ll have key players who will likely to be healthy enough to play Sunday, such as Rodney McLeod, Rodger Saffold, Trumaine Johnson, and maybe Aaron Donald, those guys probably won’t quite be their normal selves since they missed a good chunk of practice time this week. Couple that with the inconsistency we’ve seen from the Rams’ run defense all season long, and I don’t have too high of expectations for the Rams on Sunday.” 49ers 27, Rams 17

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Paul Lamb, Staff Writer: “If this were a week ago, I’d be picking the Rams. But the 49ers are coming off a bye week, and return a healthy Patrick Willis. On the other hand, the Rams lost two key offensive players in Jake Long and Brian Quick last week. Even though this 49ers team isn’t as dominant as they were a year ago, the Rams won’t be able to limp in and win.” 49ers 37, Rams 14