- Opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals
- Time: 5:25 p.m.
- Line: Cardinals by 3
- Records: 49ers 1-3; Cardinals 1-3
- TV/radio: Ch. 13, NFL (Jim Nance, Phil Simms), 680, 1320
Three things to watch
WHERE’S DEFENSIVE LEADER?
Someone needs to take control of a defensive line that has been hemorrhaging rushing yards for the last three games. Lineman Glenn Dorsey still is coming back from last year’s ACL tear, and his snap count has been low in recent games. But he’s a multiyear veteran, and he holds clout in the locker room. And with NaVorro Bowman out, someone must step up on what has become a rickety 49ers front seven.
CELEK HAS BEEN SOLID
Give credit where it’s due: Tight end Garrett Celek was as beaten up as any 49ers player following the Seattle Seahawks game. But he made it through practice all week and had his best game of the season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys with five catches for 79 yards. Celek is not the explosive athlete fellow tight end Vance McDonald is, but he’s been a reliable option for quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
STOP HIDING HYDE
He’s stayed healthy, and his stats are OK through four weeks. But running back Carlos Hyde has yet to take over a game. What’s to blame? Maybe it’s coach Chip Kelly’s zone-blocking system, which doesn’t take advantage of Hyde’s size and power. Or perhaps lapses by their defense haven’t allowed the 49ers to salt away games with their running attack. Either way, the 49ers have yet to ride their big running back to victory.
- Out: LB NaVorro Bowman (Achilles), DT DeForest Buckner (foot), CB Jimmie Ward (quadriceps)
- Questionable: DT Glenn Dorsey (knee), WR Jeremy Kerley (ankle), TE Vance McDonald (hip)
- Out: TE Darren Fells (shoulder), QB Carson Palmer (concussion), DT Ed Stinson (toe)
- Questionable: CB Justin Bethel (foot), DT Josh Mauro (chest), DT Frostee Rucker (knee)
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