The 49ers return home to face the Miami Dolphins, in a game that splits up four road games. The 49ers will travel to face the Patriots and Seahawks the next two weeks. While the Dolphins are no push-over, this is a must-win game for the 49ers. San Francisco has the edge of Seattle in the NFC West, and Green Bay and Chicago in the battle for a first round bye, but with a tough couple games approaching, a win on Sunday would buy some breathing room.
The 49ers face a Dolphins squad that has been inconsistent, although they are showing signs of progress. They will be without left tackle Jake Long, which creates a significant opportunity for the Smith Brothers. Aldon Smith continues his pursuit of Michael Strahan's single-season sack record. Aldon has 17.5 sacks and needs five more to tie Strahan.
In case you missed it the last couple days, I answered some 49ers-Dolphins questions over at The Phinsider, and Kevin Nogle provided some details on the Dolphins offense and defense.
As you prepare for the game, here is a rundown of pertinent TV, radio and odds information. You can double-check your region at the506.com.
Game Time: 1:05 p.m. PT
Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorff
49ers Radio Network: KGO 810 & The Bone 107.7 FM - Ted Robinson, Eric Davis
Spanish Radio: KBRG 680 - Erwin Higueros, Juan Carlos Sierra
Dial Global Radio Sports - Gregg Daniels, Dale Hellestrae
|KNBR||680 AM||San Francisco|
|KGO||810 AM||San Francisco|
|KSAN||107.7 FM||San Francisco|
|KURY||95.3 FM||Brookings, OR|
|KNCO||830 AM||Grass Valley|
|KPUA||670 AM||Hilo, HI|
|KHKA||1500 AM||Honolulu, HI|
|KRKC||1490 AM||King City|
|KEZX||730 AM||Medford, OR|
|KPRL||1230 AM||Paso Robles|
|KUIK||1360 AM||Portland, OR|
|KBLF||1490 AM||Red Bluff|
|KBZZ||1270 AM/96.1 FM||Reno, NV|
|KKJL||1400 AM||San Luis Obispo|
49ers vs. Dolphins Odds
The 49ers enter Sunday's game as ten point favorites. I don't think a lot of gamblers will jump on an NFL favorite with a double digit spread given how unpredictable NFL games can be. If the 49ers can develop the pass rush sufficiently, and the offense can gain some consistency, this is a cover-able spread.