By: Joe Lami
AP file photo: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks from their Sun Oct 30th game as Brees and the Saints prepare for their meeting with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Levis Stadium
The San Francisco 49ers look to turn their 1-6 season around this Sunday, as they host the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are coming off a big victory over the Seattle Seahawks 25-20, in a game that bled down to the very end.
Coming off their bye, San Francisco got healthier on the defensive side of the ball, but will still most likely be without their star running back Carlos Hyde, who is listed as questionable.
San Francisco’s struggling defensive faces a huge challenge on Sunday against the top passing attack in the league. Led by Drew Brees, the Saints are averaging nearly 327 yards per game through the air. The 49ers pass defense hasn’t been their downfall, as they are doing okay, giving up 222 yards per game, good enough for seventh in the NFL.
It has been the rushing defence that has been atrocious for the 49ers, which ranks dead last. The Saints could go with backup Tim Hightower as their running back for the second straight week after Mark Ingram was benched after fumbling too much this season.
Either way, New Orleans’ running backs should be salivating at their matchup against a 49ers defense that has given up a 100-yard rusher in every game since week two.
A win would be a huge pick-me-up for the tanking 49ers and could be the thing that turns around the 49ers season. Unfortunately, that will not be the case, as San Francisco should expect another loss added to their column. The talent level of the 49ers is no match for one of the best quarterbacks in the league, who is lined up for one of his best games of the season.