The 49ers through the first two weeks have struggled mightily on offense. Currently ranked 31st in ppg with an average of six (seriously someone is lower than six) points scored per game, 32nd total ypg 232.5, 31st in pass ypg with 127.5, and 16th in rush ypg with 106 per.
The struggles are all over. The offensive line has been horrendous and the receivers seem nonexistent. As for QB play, it's a wonder if Brian Hoyer will make it the entire 16-game slate as the starter or will they be forced to see what the next man up offers. It's highly likely come mid-November San Francisco is playing for the top QB in the 2018 NFL Draft, if they aren't already.
Defense is a completely different discussion.
The niners defense has played really well. In fact if the offense could average just 50 more yards a game, they could very well be 2-0.
On defense they're 10th in ppg allowed at 17.5, 10th in total ypg allowed at 299.5, 7th in pass ypg allowed at 176, and 24th in rush ypg allowed at 123.5.
At first glance it looks like yhe weakness is the run game, and that may br the case, but this is the classic bend but don't break unit. So far, punching it in once you cross the 50 has been a struggle for teams.
So far, the Niners only have two players out on their official injury report, but there's more extensive list of questionable players. The players out are ILB Reuben Foster and Safety Eric Reid.
The Rams are coming off a close loss. But die to the short week they have the opportunity to bounce back fairly quickly. Overall, at least on paper, the Rams appear to be the better team. If they can establish the run early and get out to a quick start with some points in the first two quarters they should win. Forcing the 49ers to pass will play right into anyones hands. But considering theyre decent at running the ball, and the Rams have struggled with the run so far, any sort of close game early could play into the hands of the niners later.
Its going to be all about ball control. Whoever can get their run game going first will likely win.