Date: October 25, 2009
Time: 10:00am PST
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
Records: 49ers (3-2) Texans (3-3)
Bodoglife.com Spread: Texans -3; Over/Under 44.5; Money Line: 49ers +155, Texans +175 - I'd say take the 49ers, but as far as the o/u is concerned, I'm not sure if the 49ers can if this goes over by too much.
Weather: 75°F, 0mph Wind
TV Broadcast: FOX - Chris Myers, Brian Billick
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 680/1050 KNBR - Ted Robinson, Gary Plummer, Rod Brooks
Spanish Radio: KIQI 1010-AM, KATD 990-AM - Mathias Godinez, Melvin Moran, Marcos Gutierrez
Texans Coverage: Battle Red Blog
Week 7 Prediction Contest: If you missed out on the early games, you can still make predictions for tonight and tomorrow.
49ers: Out - QB Nate Davis (illness), SS Michael Lewis (concussion), SS Reggie Smith (groin); Probable - RB Frank Gore (ankle, foot), CB Marcus Hudson (shoulder), CB Tarell Brown (illness), DE Ray McDonald (ankle)
Texans: Out - S Nick Ferguson (knee); Doubtful - LB Jamie Winborn (calf); Questionable - LB Brian Cushing (foot), DE Mario Williams (shoulder); Probable - K Kris Brown (right ankle), S Bernard Pollard (illness), LB DeMeco Ryans (chest)
49ers: WR Brandon Jones, WR Jason Hill, WR Micheal Spurlock, C Cody Wallace, DT Ricky Jean-Francois, SS Michael Lewis, SS Reggie Smith, QB Nate Davis
Texans: S Nick Ferguson, WR Glenn Martinez, CB Fred Bennett, LB Jamie Winborn, OG Tutan Reyes, TE Anthony Hill, DT Frank Okam, QB Dan Orlovsky
Well we've finally reached what may or may not be a singular moment for this franchise: The on-field debut of Michael Crabtree. He may be an incredible flop, he may be great, he may fall somewhere in between. No matter how this whole thing ends, I don't know a single person who isn't at the very least intrigued by what could transpire in Houston today. There has been plenty of hubbub as the coaches and the rest of the team have expressed amazement at how quickly Crabtree is coming along. Expectations have officially been set rather high.
And yet there is plenty more to this game than Michael Crabtree. The 49ers certainly aren't in a "must-win" situation, but I do think a win would be incredibly important at this point in the season. The 49ers have a third chance to make a statement outside the NFC West. Can they finally pull the trigger and thrust themselves somewhat into the spotlight? Whatever happens, I'm excited to find out. Also, as we wait for the game to kick off, don't forget to check out Florida Danny's take on the 49ers 3-0 divisional start.