The 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday at 5:35 p.m. Here are the vitals and key storylines to follow:
Line: Rams by 2
Records: 49ers 0-2, Rams 1-1
TV/radio: NFL Network (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox), 680, 1320
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Three things to watch
San Francisco quarterback Brian Hoyer’s 4.71 yards per pass attempt ranks 32nd in the NFL through two weeks. That average wasn’t helped by receiver Marquise Goodwin’s drop on a long pass in Week 1 or a Seattle defense that, in Week 2, kept a safety deep to prevent any big gains. The Rams play more man-to-man defense, which ought to offer more opportunities for speedy Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson, and for Hoyer to boost his average.
The NFL schedule makers didn’t do the 49ers any favors by having them play Thursday after their game against the Seahawks. The always-brutal matchup left San Francisco smarting, especially at strong safety where one player, Eric Reid, is out of action with a knee injury and another, Jaquiski Tartt, is dealing with a sore neck. More concerning: The 49ers defense played 82 snaps in Seattle, about 20 more than an average game.
The Rams allowed an average of 152 rushing yards in their first two games, 29th in the NFL. That must be tempting for a 49ers offense that ran well against two exceptional defenses so far this season. Carlos Hyde has 169 yards through two games, fourth in the NFL. He and the 49ers’ offense still are looking for their first touchdown.
Out: LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
Questionable: LB Eli Harold (foot), TE George Kittle (hip), S Jaquiski Tartt (neck), DB Jimmie Ward (hamstring)
Questionable: RB Malcolm Brown (hamstring), TE Gerald Everett (thigh), CB Kayvon Webster (shoulder)
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