The 49ers travel to face the St. Louis Rams in a game that marks the second half of their divisional schedule, and provides the 49ers with a chance to move a step closer to claiming the NFC West. The 49ers are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Seattle Seahawks with five games to go. A win over the Rams would improve the 49ers divisional record to 3-0-1, which gives them the edge if the Seahawks beat the 49ers later this year and somehow end up with a tie. All is well!
After a solid 3-2 start, the Rams went 0-4-1 in their next five games to drop out of the divisional race. A win over Arizona last week keeps their fledgling playoff hopes alive, but the 49ers-Rams matchup lacks a lot of appeal around the country. Unfortunately that means the broadcast will be fairly limited.
Our friends at the506.com provided their usual broadcast maps, and it is indeed a limited broadcast out side of California. The game will air in almost all of California except for one small portion near the Arizona border. The 49ers market includes parts of southern Oregon. The game will also air in the St. Louis market, which includes eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois. Finally, the game will air in central Arkansas, the Lubbock, TX market and the El Paso, TX market.
It's a pretty tough week for FOX as they have some less than stellar matchups. The No. 1 game is Vikings-Packers and 49ers-Rams has the No. 2 team of Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa. I much prefer them over the No. 1 team, so that's a plus. The rest of the FOX morning games include Cardinals-Jets, Seahawks-Bears and Panthers-Chiefs, although I imagine there is still a chance Panthers-Chiefs gets postponed. We'll see.