The San Francisco 49ers are back this week, and once again will be broadcast for the world to see. And this time, folks in the Carolinas and around Tampa will be able to watch! The 49ers will host the Chicago Bears at 5:30 p.m. PT on Sunday Night Football this week, which means we get a little bit of Cris Collinsworth in our lives. I'm sure y'all loooooove that. I actually don't think he's all that bad. He can seem a little whiny at times, but he knows football, and I think often can provide some good insight.
The 49ers are coming off a Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys, and get their second straight matchup against a poor defense. The Bears are not on the potentially historically awful level of the Cowboys, but they struggle, particularly against the run. David Neumann took a look at how the 49ers might find success with the read option. The team mixed it in last week, but they face a Bears team that is simply not technically sound in defending it. Of course, if the 49ers think the Bears will be extra prepared, maybe they use it more for play action type plays. At times, the 49ers can be unpredictable in that manner.
Game time: 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (sideline)
Where to watch the game in the US and around the world: Click here
Radio: KGO 810 AM, The Bone 107.7 FM, 49ers Radio Network - Bob Fitzgerald, Tim Ryan
Odds: 49ers favored by 7 points
Online streaming: NBCSports.com (live); NFL Rewind (not live); Outside US, NFL Game Pass
Out: C Marcus Martin (knee)
Questionable: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), CB Chris Culliver (concussion, stinger), OT Anthony Davis (hamstring)
Probable: P Andy Lee (right knee), DT Justin Smith (not injury related)
Last time they played: 49ers won, 32-7 (11/19/2012)
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