San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (+3,
The San Francisco 49ers have not been fazed by the soap opera
involving their head coach and will go for their third
consecutive victory when they visit the St. Louis Rams on
Monday night in an NFC West matchup. Rumors of dissension
permeating the locker room prompted 49ers team owner Jed York
to publicly defend coach Jim Harbaugh prior to last week’s
22-17 home victory over Kansas City. “I love Coach Harbaugh,”
quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. “I’d go to war with him any
day of the week.”
San Francisco coughed up second-half leads in back-to-back
losses to Chicago and Arizona but rebounded with a pair of
stellar defensive performances in home wins over Philadelphia
and the Chiefs. A bye week did little to rectify the defensive
issues of the Rams, who have surrendered 34 points in each of
their three setbacks. The 49ers, winners of six straight on
Monday night, posted a pair of double-digit victories over St.
Louis last season after going 0-2-1 in their three previous
matchups against the Rams.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: The Rams opened as 3.5-point home dogs,
but that is presently +3. The total has held at 43.5.
INJUR REPORT: 49ers – T Anthony Davis (Questionable,
knee), TE Vernon Davis (Questionable, back), CB Tramaine Brock
(Questionable, toe). Rams – LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar
(Questionable, groin), WR Kenny Britt (Questionable, knee), CB
Trumaine Johnson (Questionable, knee), RB Zac Stacy
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: 49ers (-3.75) – Rams
(+2.75) + home field (-3.0) = 49ers -3.5
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “San Francisco travels to St. Louis
on Monday night following two straight home wins. The 49ers
have covered eight of last nine Monday night games. Denver on
deck. St. Louis has back-to-back home games against San
Francisco and Seattle before a three-game roadtrip. 0-6 ATS L6
games after allowing more than 350 total yards.” Covers
Expert Matt Fargo.
ABOUT THE 49ERS (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS, 1-4 O/U): Ageless
Frank Gore became the oldest running back in team history with
consecutive 100-yard games since 1960, but he knows there’s
room for improvement after San Francisco settled for five field
goals by Phil Dawson in last week’s win. “We have to get
better,” Gore said of the team’s struggles in the red zone.
“Watch the tape and clean up whatever it is. We just have to
get better.” Kaepernick has yet to throw for more than 248
yards this season but should be helped by the expected return
of tight end Vernon Davis, who has missed two games with ankle
and back injuries. San Francisco’s defense ranks second in the
league with an average of 284.8 total yards allowed and is
among the top five in rushing (77.2) and passing yards (205.6).
ABOUT THE RAMS (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS, 2-2 O/U): St.
Louis is coming off a pair of narrow losses, blowing a 21-point
lead in a 34-31 setback to Dallas before a furious comeback
came up short in last week’s 34-28 loss to Philadelphia. “I
think we’re a good football team,” rookie quarterback Austin
Davis said. “The record is what it is, but we’re a couple plays
here and there from being where we want to be. We’ve got to
stay the course. I think we’re headed in the right direction.”
Davis, who started the season as the third-string quarterback
before injuries to Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill, threw for 375
yards and three touchdowns versus the Eagles. However, Davis
could be without starting running back Zac Stacy, who missed
Thursday’s practice due to a calf injury sustained in last
* 49ers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games.
* Home team is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Under is 4-0 in Rams last four vs. NFC West.
* Under is 7-2 in Rams last nine games overall.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 75 percent of wagers are backing the 49ers.