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49ers game predictions: Is Sunday a trap game?

San Francisco is looking for its first home win of the 2020 NFL season.

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The San Francisco 49ers will look to get back in the win column when they take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 5 of the 2020 NFL regular season. The good news for the Niners is that some of their injured players will be back in the lineup against the Fins.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start with running back Raheem Mostert joining him in the backfield. The 49ers’ offense should be able to get back on track after an ugly outing against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The defense will get a boost as well with the return of Dre Greenlaw and Ahkello Witherspoon. Unfortunately, K’Waun Williams, Emmanuel Moseley, and Richard Sherman will miss the game due to injury.

Miami is 1-3 and rolling with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB on Sunday. The Dolphins lost a close one to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 and shouldn’t be taken lightly ... just look what happened against Philly.

Here are the predictions for Week 5 from Niners Nation contributors:

Kyle Posey: Not only will the 49ers have Jimmy G back, but we should see the offense as close to full strength as they’ve been all season with Deebo, Kittle, and Aiyuk all on the field with Mostert as well. Miami’s defense has struggled to stop anyone, so they’re just what the doctor ordered. I’m expecting the offense to get back on track, though I believe the Dolphins and Fitzpatrick will move the ball. The Niners defense has resembled more of a “bend-but-don’t-break” type of defense this season. Fitzmagic will give you opportunities. Miami is fourth-worst in interceptions per drive and has the 11th-worst turnover per drive rate. Sunday should be one of those games where Fred Warner does the thing where he makes a bunch of good plays but, more importantly, steps in front of a pass at a critical time.

Kyle’s prediction: 49ers 27, Dolphins 20

Rob Guerrera: This is a game the 49ers should win easily. They should be able to pick up chunk plays against a struggling Miami defense. They should be able to run the ball against a much weaker front than Philadelphia last week. And they should be able to force a few turnovers on defense after a couple of YOLO Ryan Fitzpatrick throws. But we all know that “should” went out the window after Week 1 this year, so anything can happen. Miami’s strategy will likely be to blitz a gimpy Garoppolo often and use Ryan Fitzpatrick’s legs to move the chains on 3rd down.

Rob’s prediction: Dolphins 24, 49ers 17

Jas Kang: The return of Garoppolo will help the offense look light years better than the unit did last week, and with Mostert back in the lineup, the running game will get back on track as well. The good news for San Francisco’s struggling offensive line is that the Dolphins don’t have the talent the Eagles do on their front. Hopefully Trent Williams bounces back after his disappointing outing against Philadelphia. Miami is a pesky team that will keep it close, and DeVante Parker should have a big game against the injury-riddled 49ers’ secondary, but it won’t be enough.

Jas’ prediction: SF wins, 27-23.

What is your prediction for the final score?