Preview: Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers

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For the San Francisco 49ers, it’s been a Jekle and Hyde performance so far this year.  After beating the Green Bay Packers in week one 34-28, they were destroyed by Seattle in week two, 29-3.

The Colts and 49ers rank 15th and 18th in team offense through 2 weeks.  San Francisco is averaging only 3.5 yards per rush, while the Colts are averaging 5.0 yards per rush.  Oh, by the way, did you hear about the little deal the Colts swung this week.  You know, Trent Richardson?  Richardson is expected to play this week and I expect nothing less than a solid performance.  He may not get the number of attempts that he would have received in Cleveland (at least initially), but the dual tandem of Bradshaw and Richardson could be a force.  Both offensive lines have given up too many sacks through 2 games.  Luck has been sacked 7 times and Kaepernick 5.  The game changer when comparing the 2 offenses comes down to the 49ers ability to run the read option, and the Colts seemingly inability to stop it.  Terrell Pryor tore up the Colts defense in week 1, rushing for 112 yards on just 13 carries.  It wasn’t pretty as the Colts just couldn’t stop him.  I am not convinced that Greg Manusky’s defense will perform better this week.

The Colts and 49ers rank 23rd and 13th in team defense.  Despite investing significantly on the defensive side of the ball in the offseason, the Colts defense continues to struggle.  They haven’t been able to consistently get a good pass rush while their seemingly talented secondary has been disappointing.  The only bright spots on defense seem to be the play of middle linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Pat Angerer who have both played well.  Otherwise, their play has been very disappointing.  The 49ers will be without DT Ian Williams who broke his ankle last week; however, Glenn Dorsey is a capable backup.  Still, the 49ers defense has not been stellar this season by any means.  In week 1, Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns agains the 49ers defense.  In week 2, the 49ers defense gave up 172 yards on the ground on an incredible 47 carries.  The Seahawks just word down the 49ers defense en route to a huge victory.

Turnovers will also be key as the 49ers turned the ball over 5 times against the Seahawks including 3 Kaepernick interceptions.  Andrew Luck also threw a pick last week – the only turnover for the Colts this season.

The injury report for week 3 looks like this:

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday
TE Dwayne Allen (hip), S Antoine Bethea (toe), S LaRon Landry (ankle)

Thursday
TE Dwayne Allen (hip), S Antoine Bethea (toe), S LaRon Landry (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday
LB Pat Angerer (knee), WR T.Y. Hilton (groin), WR David Reed (quadricep)
Thursday
LB Pat Angerer (knee), WR T.Y. Hilton (groin)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday
LB Kavell Conner (ankle), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ribs), C Samson Satele (elbow), WR Reggie Wayne (shoulder)
Thursday
LB Kavell Conner (ankle), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ribs), WR David Reed (quadricep), C Samson Satele (elbow), WR Reggie Wayne (shoulder)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Practice Report

Thursday
Practice Not Complete

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday
TE Vernon Davis (hamstring), RB LaMichael James (knee), DT Ray McDonald (ankle, ankle), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday
LB Navorro Bowman (wrist), S Eric Reid (concussion), LB Aldon Smith (back)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday
G Mike Iupati (shoulder), QB Colin Kaepernick (foot)

I can’t imagine that T.Y. Hilton won’t play on Sunday.  It sounds like Kavell Conner and David Reed will be ready to play on Sunday for the Colts.  I also expect  Darrius Heyward-Bey, Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry to play.  Vernon Davis will also likely play for the 49ers on Sunday.

By the way….a few interesting notes for Sunday’s game.  Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh will reunite after being separated since their college football days at Stanford.  I don’t think this will have a big impact.  Vontae Davis will be playing against his brother, Vernon Davis.  It’s a true family affair on Sunday!

My call – San Francisco 33 Indianapolis 20


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