49ers Have Best Chance at Second Win; former Cal QB Goff gets the nod as starter for Rams

December 23, 2016

NFL, San Francisco 49ers

USA Today photo: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jerod Goff (16) gets the call as starter this Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers at Levis Stadium

By: Joe Lami

SANTA CLARA–It seems like it’s been years since the 49ers beat the LA Rams on Monday Night Football to open the season, as they’ve strung off 13-straight losses. The Rams seek revenge on Christmas Eve with a new look on offense.

Most notably, Jerod Goff will be starting at quarterback on Saturday. The rookie quarterback was jolted against the Seattle Seahawks and sent him into the NFL’s concussion protocol, but the Bay Area native cleared earlier this week and will get the start.

The contest will be an intriguing one for those concerned about the 2017 NFL Draft, as two of the worst teams in the league are set to battle. San Francisco’s offense shines compared to LA’s, averaging 18.9 points per game compared to 14.1. But at the same time, the 49ers also surrender 31 points per game compared to the Rams with 23.4.

However, with those numbers, the 49ers defense shouldn’t get the finger pointed at them, as they are constantly on the field due to zero movement from the offense. Last week’s game in Atlanta was the perfect example of how the inept offense will lose football games. At the end of the first quarter, San Francisco was only able to muster up 12 yards, while Atlanta already had 11 first downs.

If San Francisco can get their offense going and keep it going for a full 60-minutes, they might be able to get their second win of the season. The second half will be important to keep an eye on, as it has been the downfall all season.


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