By: Phillip Torres
SANTA CLARA- The San Francisco 49ers (3-2) are set to face the ST. Louis Rams (1-3) on Monday Night Football in ST. Louis. San Francisco is coming off of a big 22-17 victory against Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara. The St. Louis Rams on the other hand are coming off of a 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly.
San Francisco is looking to get their first division victory of the season against the woeful Rams. The 49ers have only played one game in the division so far this season and they were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals 23-14 in the desert. The game on Sunday is a huge game as they will look to go 4-2 before traveling to Denver to face the AFC Champion Denver Broncos.
After the week seven showdown between two Superbowl favorites the 49ers will head into their bye week. But before these two weeks comes the Rams who are without their number one overall pick from a few years ago, Sam Bradford. The Rams are clearly not the same team without their franchise quarterback, who was lost for the season due to a torn ACL in game three of the preseason.
The 49ers will look to keep pace with the Seattle Seahawks and Cardinals for first place in the division. San Francisco is winners of two in a row and will look to keep that going as their next two games are on National Television. The defense will look to stay hot as they have played extremely well these past two games. One of the key contributors has been cornerback Parish Cox.
Cox has stepped up and has been starting in place of the injured Tramaine Brock. Brock, who has only played in the week one victory over the Dallas Cowboys was supposed to be the number one corner for San Francisco. But, Cox has been playing well enough to take over that role for the 49ers defense. Cox had the game clinching interception of former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith in the fourth quarter during the game on Sunday.
San Francisco will look to keep the offense going as they put up over 360 yards of total offense against Kansas City. One thing they will try to improve on is punching the ball into the end zone. Kicker Phil Dawson kicked five field goals for the Red and Gold in Sunday’s victory.