49ERS VS. CHICAGO
49ers by 7
49ers 1-0, Bears 0-1
Ch. 3 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth), 680, 810, 1320
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
OLB COREY LEMONIER
The last time these teams met, Aldon Smith set a franchise record with 51/2 sacks, and the 49ers won 32-7 in 2012. Lemonier was Smith’s main substitute on passing downs last week against Dallas but came away with no sacks and no quarterback hurries. He needs to have a pass-rush presence during Smith’s extended absence.
RB CARLOS HYDE
Hyde earned more snaps with his aggressive running style and good pass blocking against Dallas. The question as the season progresses is how much the rookie runner will start eating into Frank Gore’s usual workload. Hyde and Gore will be the only true tailbacks in uniform on Sunday for the 49ers.
WR BRUCE ELLINGTON
Ah, but the 49ers have a secret weapon. Like the Packers’ Randall Cobb and the Seahawks’ Percy Harvin, Ellington has the strength, speed and quickness to line up at multiple positions. Don’t be surprised if he takes a handoff at some point on Sunday .
CB PERRISH COX
He may have been the MVP of the 49ers’ Week 1 win, as he filled in for injured starter Tramaine Brock and came away with an interception on a deep pass to Dez Bryant. Cox is coming off an excellent offseason in which he played a lot of snaps. He should be as ready as any backup cornerback in the league.
K PHIL DAWSON
The veteran kicker missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt wide left after missing two kicks during the preseason. Reason to be assured? Dawson made only three of his first six attempts last season before setting a franchise record with 27 straight field goals.
C Marcus Martin (knee).
• Questionable: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), CB Chris Culliver (concussion, stinger), T Anthony Davis (hamstring).
P Andy Lee (right knee), DT Justin Smith (not injury related).
QB David Fales (right shoulder), RB Tony Fiammetta (hamstring), C Roberto Garza (ankle), G Matthew Slauson (ankle).
WR Josh Morgan (groin).
WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle).
|Sept. 7||at Dallas||W, 28-17|
|Sunday||vs. Chicago||5:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 21||at Arizona||1:05 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||vs. Philadelphia||1:25 p.m.|
|Oct. 5||vs. Kansas City||1:25 p.m.|
|Oct. 13||at St. Louis||5:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||at Denver||5:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||vs. St. Louis||1:05 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||at New Orleans||10 a.m.|
|Nov. 16||at N.Y. Giants||10 a.m.|
|Nov. 23||Washington||1:25 p.m.|
|Nov. 27||Seattle||5:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 7||at Raiders||1:25 p.m.|
|Dec. 14||at Seattle||1:25 p.m.|
|Dec. 20||vs. San Diego||1:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 28||vs. Arizona||1:25 p.m.|