Week 8 - 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints - Open Thread

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Date: October 28, 2007

Time: 1:15PM PST, 4:15pm EST

Location: Walsh Field @ MPCP

Weather: 68°F, 3mph wind, and sunny

Injury Report: SF: Darrell Jackson, Jonas Jennings, Keith Lewis Doubtful; Frank Gore Questionable
NOR: Plaxico Jeff Fain Out; Brian Young Probable

ScoresAndOdds.com Spread: Saints -2.5; Over/Under 40; Money Line SF +120, NOR -140

TV: FOX (Channel 2 in San Francisco)

Announcers: Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson

Radio: 1050 AM/107.7 FM

Niners Nation Prediction:49ers 27-13

Feel free to enter your predictions HERE

Well, as I said a few days ago, the buck stops here.  Even though the 49ers will likely be without Darrell Jackson, the team on the field today is a team I think we can all get behind and from whom we can hope for big things.  Gore is expected to play, so hopefully that isn't an issue come game time.  Other than that, Ashley Lelie gets a chance to prove himself, the offensive line gets a bit of a shake up, and of course the prodigal son has returned as Alex Smith is back under center.

Although the Saints are showing signs of life, they also have the 30th ranked pass defense, which is the perfect recipe for Alex Smith to take another step forward in his young career.  We are just about at must-win territory and this is an extremely winnable matchup.  I threw up a 27-13 prediction as I think the offense will finally break out.  Of course anything over 10 points would be an offensive explosion, so I guess it's all relative.  Here's hoping for good things.

And as I'll be on an airplane during the game I won't have any sort of recap until late Sunday night.  I'm TiVoing the game so I'll be able to watch it upon my return.  Hopefully it is many happy returns.

GO NINERS!

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