Well, we're back for another week of San Francisco 49ers football. The 49ers will look to snap their four-game losing streak on Sunday when they face the Baltimore Ravens. The game kicks off at 1:25 p.m. PT at Levi's Stadium, and will be broadcast on CBS. It is primarily a regional broadcast this week.
Is it scheme or execution with 49ers defense?
It looked like the 49ers might steal their second win of the season in the Meadowlands before they snatched defeated from the jaws of victory. Where did things break down on that final drive?
The 49ers lost four straight last season, and prior to that in 2010. They have shown signs in each of the four losses, but they have had no real consistency. The offense was solid in Week 1, and showed some signs in a blowout loss in Week 2, but then was awful in Weeks 3 and 4, and then looked good in Week 5. The defense was good in Week 1, awful in Weeks 2 and 3, solid in Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, and then awful in Week 5. There is just a whole lot of inconsistency.
The Ravens come into the game also at 1-4, but in a slightly different state. Their four losses have come by a combined 17 points. They have shown a strong passing game at times, and a strong running game other times. With Steve Smith likely back on the field this weekend, it will be interesting to see how they balance the passing game with Justin Forsett and the ground game. On the other side of the ball, their secondary has been awful. Injuries have been a problem, and they just signed former brief 49ers cornerback Shareece Wright. That's saying something.
It is hard to predict what exactly will happen in this game. We could see the 49ers offense put together a second straight strong effort, or we could see them revert to the Week 3 and 4 form. The defense could rebound, or it could get shredded by another quality quarterback. My guess is we end up seeing a bit of a shootout. I don't think we see a defensive struggle.
Nuts and bolts
49ers depth chart
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Location: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Game time: Sunday, October 18, 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass on replay
49ers Radio: 680-AM, 107.7 (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan) | Full listings
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesus Zarate, Luis Landero)
Odds: 49ers +2.5
Matchup history: 1-4
Enemy blog: Baltimore Beatdown
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Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings - 49ers 20, Vikings 3
Week 2: @ Pittsburgh Steelers - Steelers 43, 49ers 18
Week 3: @ Arizona Cardinals - Cardinals 47, 49ers 7
Week 4: vs. Green Bay Packers - Packers 17, 49ers 3
Week 5: @ New York Giants Giants 30, 49ers 27
Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens - Sunday, October 18, 1:25 p.m. CBS
Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks - Thursday, October 22, 5:25 p.m. NFLN (TNF)
Week 8: @ St. Louis Rams - Sunday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 9: vs. Atlanta Falcons - Sunday, November 8, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: @ Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, November 22, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 12: vs. Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, November 29, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 13: @ Chicago Bears - Sunday, December December 6, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 14: @ Cleveland Browns - Sunday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday, December 20, 5:30 p.m. NBC (SNF)
Week 16: @ Detroit Lions - Sunday, December 27, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 17: vs. St. Louis Rams - Sunday, January 3, 1:25 p.m. FOX