49ERS AT ARIZONA
49ers by 3
49ers 1-1, Cardinals 2-0
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FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
TE DEREK CARRIER
Injuries to Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald could make for a busy day for Carrier, whose first NFL catches came last week against the Bears. Carrier has excellent athleticism and once played wide receiver, which makes him an intriguing downfield threat.
S JIMMIE WARD
The nickel cornerback allowed three touchdowns last week, all to 6-foot-4 Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Look for the Cardinals to match their own big-bodied receiver, 6-3 Larry Fitzgerald, in the slot against the 5-10Ward hoping for similar results.
QB COLIN KAEPERNICK
Coach Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers are in the “bouncing-back business.” No one on the team needs to bounce back as much as Kaepernick, who for only the second time threw three interceptions last week. Cornerback Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals’ highly rated defense offer an excellent test.
OT JONATHAN MARTIN
Anthony Davis will miss his third straight game, giving Martin another start at right tackle. He struggled late against the Bears and will have a tough assignment against the left side of the Cardinals’ line. That’s where Calais Campbell operates, and the big defensive end will be running stunts with Arizona’s outside linebackers throughout the afternoon.
PR BRUCE ELLINGTON
He wants to have a big game in front of cousin Andre Ellington, Arizona’s running back, and family members on hand. His counterpart will be ex-49er Ted Ginn Jr., who was named the NFC’s top special-teams player last week following a 71-yard touchdown return against the Giants.
C Marcus Martin (knee)
• Questionable: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), OT Anthony Davis (hamstring), TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee), TE Vance McDonald (knee)
RB Carlos Hyde (calf), QB Colin Kaepernick (back), DE Justin Smith (not injury related), T Joe Staley (knee)
LB Alex Okafor (thigh), P David Zastudil (left groin)
TE Rob Housier (hip), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), DE Frostee Rucker (calf)
RB Andre Ellington (foot), LB Larry Foote (shoulder), LB Kevin Minter (quadriceps), C Lyle Sendlein (ankle)
|Sept. 7||at Dallas||W, 28-17|
|Sept. 14||vs. Chicago||L, 28-20|
|Today||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.|