Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens
Time: 1:25 p.m.
Line: Ravens by 2 1/2
Records: 49ers 1-4, Ravens 1-4
TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon), 680, 1320
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Joltin’ Joe: The 49ers have played only five games, but two opposing quarterbacks – Arizona’s Carson Palmer and New York’s Eli Manning – have won Player of the Week awards after facing them, and the 49ers didn’t sack Manning. They must apply better pressure to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who can beat teams deep if given time. Ahmad Brooks’ return this week after mourning the death of his sister should help.
The Miller effect: Good things seem to happen when fullback Bruce Miller plays a fair amount of snaps, something he finally received in the Week 5 loss to the Giants. Miller is one of the better run-blocking fullbacks in the league, which obviously helps the running game. And a productive ground attack aids the passing game because it makes Colin Kaepernick’s play-action fakes more convincing.
The disappearing Ellington: Receiver Bruce Ellington showed he is one of the 49ers’ most dangerous offensive weapons when, in the first quarter Sunday, he took a simple screen pass and turned upfield for 30 yards. It’s still a mystery, however, why he played only two offensive snaps. The 49ers must figure out a way to get him more involved. Doing so will make Kaepernick’s job easier.
Watch the jawing: Anquan Boldin is perhaps the most aggressive and feisty wideout in the league. The only one who can rival him is Baltimore’s Steve Smith Sr., who has missed the last game and a half with a back injury. It will be interesting to watch Boldin against the Ravens’ big, aggressive cornerbacks, who like to get their hands on opposing receivers. The over/under on personal fouls combined: 2 1/2 .
Is Hayne Playin’? Reggie Bush is unlikely to suit up after he aggravated the calf injury that bothered him at the start of the season. In previous games, rookie Mike Davis has gotten most of the backup carries. But Jarryd Hayne’s skill set skews closer to Bush’s, and he seems to make an exciting play – both good and bad – whenever he touches the ball. It might be time for the 49ers to gamble and see what Hayne can do with a bigger workload.
Doubtful: RB Reggie Bush (calf)
Questionable: LB Ahmad Brooks (not injury related), TE Vernon Davis (knee), WR Bruce Ellington (calf), LB Eli Harold (knee), RB Carlos Hyde (foot), G Brandon Thomas (ankle)
Probable: G Alex Boone (shoulder), LB NaVorro Bowman (not injury related), TE Vance McDonald (chest), T Joe Staley (knee)
Out: S Terrence Brooks (thumb), DE Chris Canty (calf), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), WR Darren Waller (concussion)
Doubtful: CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)
Questionable: LB Elvis Dumervil (thigh), RB Justin Forsett (ankle), TE Crockett Gillmore (calf), WR Chris Givens (ankle), WR Steve Smith (back), G Marshal Yanda (ankle)
Probable: LB Daryl Smith (not injury related)
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