▪ Opponent: vs. St. Louis ▪ Time: 1:05 p.m. ▪ Line: 49ers by 10
▪ Records: 49ers 4-3, Rams 2-5
▪ TV/radio: FOX40 (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch), 680, 1320
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FIVE 49ERS TO WATCH
C MARCUS MARTIN
Martin, a 20-year-old rookie who hardly played in the preseason, will anchor the 49ers’ offensive line. He’ll make his first NFL start against a talented Rams defensive front, including first-round pick Aaron Donald, who already is considered one of the league’s top linemen. The only thing more difficult would be if Martin were playing in a dome. That comes next week when the 49ers visit New Orleans.
TE VERNON DAVIS
The 49ers’ tight end hasn’t made any big plays since suffering a back injury Sept. 28 and hasn’t been in the end zone since Week 1. Davis is more than a month removed from his injury and appeared more like himself in practices last week. The 49ers could use his down-field ability as well as another target in the red zone.
LB PATRICK WILLIS
The linebacker injured his toe in the earlier meeting against the Rams and missed the following game against Denver. Willis practiced but was limited, indicating he still isn’t fully recovered from the injury. Willis’ speed and savvy will be needed against the Rams and even more next week against the Saints’ speedy offense.
CB PERRISH COX
Cox leads the league in passes defended and is tied for third with three interceptions. Still, his role on defense is unclear now that the two cornerbacks who started in Week 1, Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver, are getting healthier. This game will be the first look at how coordinator Vic Fangio and secondary coach Ed Donatell use the group.
WR KASSIM OSGOOD
Osgood has played 11 seasons and says he’s seen every trick when it comes to fake punts and razzle dazzle on special teams. Still, the Rams excel at special-teams misdirection and may be limited on offense because of injuries. It will be up to Osgood to sniff out trick plays.
▪ Questionable: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), LB Patrick Willis (toe)
▪ Probable: CB Chris Culliver (hamstring), S Jimmie Ward (quadriceps)
▪ Questionable: DT Aaron Donald (shoulder), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), S Rodney McLeod (knee)
▪ Probable: C Tim Barnes (shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (hip), S Cody Davis (concussion), DE William Hayes (foot), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), S Lamarcus Joyner (hip), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle), T Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
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