Rams Insider: Rams and 49ers face crucial Thursday showdown

Rams Insider: Rams and 49ers face crucial Thursday showdown

Rams Insider: Rams and 49ers face crucial Thursday showdown

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by Football STL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 8:38 AM

(FootballSTL) -- After getting bashed and gashed by the Dallas Cowboys 31-7, Head Coach Jeff Fisher said after the game, “I didn’t see this one coming”. Fisher and company won’t have much time to lick their wounds after Sunday’s debacle, as they host another struggling team from the NFC West.

Two teams who entered the season with high hopes, are now facing 1-3 starts with a loss at the Edward Jones Dome on Thursday night.  The Rams were considered a young, but improved team coming in this season. The San Francisco 49ers came up 5 yards short of winning the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens. However, both the Rams and Niners could be facing a season defining game on Thursday, after suffering stunning losses on Sunday. Both teams have also dropped 2 games straight games,  and a loss on Thursday will be a 3rd in a row.

The Rams were mauled by Dallas, while the 49ers were frustrated by the Colts on Sunday 27-7. Both quarterbacks had nightmare days, and never found ways of getting their offenses going. Sam Bradford was sacked 6 times on the afternoon, while his offense managed  only 18 total yards in the first half against Dallas. Meanwhile, Kaepernick completed just 2 of his first 8 passes against Indy and wound up just 13 of 27 for 150 yards, with an interception and 3 sacks.

Kaepernick’s rapid rise began last season against the Rams, when he replaced an injured Alex Smith. However, Kaepernick and the Niners have now stumbled in back to back weeks to the Seattle Seahawks and Colts.  After knocking off the Arizona Cardinals in Week One, the Rams have looked bad defensively in consecutive games against the Falcons and Cowboys.

The 49ers have more issues to deal with when they visit St.Louis this week. Pass rushing specialist Aldon Smith will seek treatment after getting arrested and jailed on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession. Smith is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Rams. The 49ers also suffered injuries to veteran linebacker Patrick Willis and tight end Vernon Davis. Willis went down with a groin injury against the Colts, while Davis was sidelined with a hamstring.

Two teams that were expected to light up the scoreboard, are now struggling for points and answers. Both the Rams and 49ers will now fight it out at the Dome on Thursday. Both squads will  try to stay within striking range of a red hot Seahawks team that’s now 3-0, and threatening to run away with the NFC West.

    

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