The San Francisco 49ers return to action in Week 3 looking to rebound from an ugly Week 2 performance. The team travels south to Glendale to face the Arizona Cardinals. The game kicks off at 1:05 p.m. PT, and will air on FOX.
The 49ers are looking to rebound from an abysmal performance in Week 2. The team had some early opportunities to keep it close, but things quickly got out of hand. The 49ers offensive line struggled all day, and the red zone offense could not finish the job. The 49ers secondary and pass rush struggled to contain the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Ben Roethlisberger had a field day.
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The 49ers are going into Week 3 looking to rebound from a difficult loss in Pittsburgh, but find will a similar team waiting for them in Arizona.
It is safe to say, the 49ers need to improve on their Week 2 performance. We don't really know what 49ers performance we can expect in Week 3. Will we see some version of the team that had their way with the Minnesota Vikings, and kept Teddy Bridgewater sufficiently flustered? Or will we see some version of the team that could not get out of its own way against the Steelers?
When asked to make predictions about this game, I look at this coming down to the offensive line and pass rush. It leaves me considering four scenarios:
1) If the 49ers can get a stable performance from the line, and get some measure of pressure on Carson Palmer, I see a slim 49ers win.
2) If they do neither, I see the Cardinals winning big.
3) If they get the line performance but not the secondary performance, we're looking at a winnable game that will easily go OVER the point total.
4) And if it is the reverse, we could see some ugly football in a low-scoring affair.
So there you have it, four scenarios I could see happening. This of course means I should be prepared for whatever is behind door No. 5. This 49ers team is a bit of a mystery for now, which could mean we see a mix of good and bad performances this season. This adds to the data-set, but it does not make this team any more predictable.
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Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Game time: Sunday, September 27, 1:05 p.m. PT
TV channel: FOX
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass on replay
49ers Radio: 680-AM, 107.7 (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan) | Full listings
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Tony Siragusa
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesus Zarate, Luis Landero)
Odds: 49ers +6.5
Matchup history: 29-18
Enemy blog: Revenge of the Birds
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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 - Sunday, September 27, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 4: vs. Green Bay Packers - Sunday, October 4, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 5: @ New York Giants - Sunday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. NBC (SNF)
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