Good morning ladies and gents. Today, the San Francisco 49ers face an important matchup (is there anything other than important matchups when there's only 16 games per season?) as they host the Indianapolis Colts. This isn't a "must-win" per se, but stringing together back-to-back losses would be a very big deal, especially in this year's NFC West.
Then again, this is about what most of us expected heading into Week 3, right? I think it speaks volumes that the line has been less about beating the Colts and more about recovering from the beating they received at the hands of the Seahawks. So let's correct this and state it as clearly as possible:
The 49ers are going to beat the Colts today. That's all there is to it. Let's go to your links for the day, shall we?
Colts-49ers matchup No. 3: Gore vs. Colts run defense (Maiocco)
So long, streak? TE Davis questionable after not practicing this week (Branch)
Whitner, Davis receiver $7,875 fines (Maiocco)
Jim Harbaugh: 2005 DUI 'made me a better counselor,' and Aldon Smith provides a serious test case (SI)
Aldon Smith will face consequences, but not for a while (Maiocco)
Vernon vs. Vonate? Tight end's injury makes it iffy (Barrows)
Carlos Rogers on Aldon Smith: 'I just hope guys like that just don't waste their talent' (Branch)
Open Season on Linemen (MMQB)
Something else to factor in as Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers consider and counsel Aldon Smith: History as a lesson (Kawakami)
49ers' Aldon Smith Responds to Lawsuit Over 2012 Shooting (NBC Bay Area)
Sunday Slate: Analyzing Week 3 Matchups (SI)