The San Francisco 49ers are coming off of a tough loss against the New York Giants, as a 4th Quarter comeback from Eli Manning was enough to give the Giants a 30-27 win on Sunday Night Football last week. Despite the loss, the future looks promising for the 49ers as Colin Kaepernick had his best game of the season, going 23 of 35 for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
Kaepernick’s performance brings hope into week six since it’s by far the best he’s looked all year, as the 49ers (1-4) host the Baltimore Ravens, also (1-4). It’s been a down year for the Ravens as well. Their only win came in week four against the Steelers and they are coming off of a 33-30 loss against the Browns.
Both running backs in the game are questionable, as Carlos Hyde missed two days a practice with a foot injury for the 49ers and Justin Forsett is listed as questionable with an ankle problem. If Forsett can’t go for the Ravens, it’s good news to the 49ers, as he is the fifth leading rusher in the NFL.
The secondary continues to be the biggest issue for the 49ers, as they face another good quarterback in Joe Flacco. His main target at receiver is Steve Smith Sr, who is also questionable for Sunday. If the 49ers front seven can dominate, they should have no problem with Flacco. However, if Flacco gets time in the pocket, it will be a long day for the secondary.
Both teams have had their major issues this year, and it will be a battle of 1-4 teams. The Ravens are the favorites going in, but if Kaepernick can repeat the day he had last week, the 49ers should be lined up for their second win of the year.