Breakdown of how the Rams (2-1) and San Francisco 49ers (1-2) head out for their game Monday at 5:15 p.m. PDT at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The game will be shown on ABC and ESPN and streamed on ESPN+ and NFL+.
When Rams have the ball: The Rams’ offense continues to look for a game-changing performance. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has passed four touchdowns with five interceptions, but Stafford didn’t commit a turnover in last Sunday’s 20-12 away win over the Arizona Cardinals. He also hasn’t passed a touchdown – the first time he’s been ruled out since joining the Rams last season. Left starter David Edwards is out with a concussion, leaving Bobby Evans to fill in for a series that will feature a fourth starting group in four games. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp, the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year, has 28 catches, three for touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown against the Cardinals. Newcomer Allen Robinson has yet to establish himself. He has just seven receptions and slipped a particular touchdown pass between his hands against Arizona. Running back Cam Akers appeared on the verge of a breakthrough game against the Cardinals until he fumbled at the goal line. End Nick Bosa has four sacks, and linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Fred Warner are among the other top players for a 49ers defense that ranks second overall in the NFL. Out with Arik Armstead and tackling Javon Kinlaw are doubtful due to injury.
When the 49ers have the ball: This is Jimmy Garoppolo’s second start in place of the injured Trey Lance and things can only get better for the ninth-year pro. Garoppolo accidentally stepped out of the end zone to cover himself in last Sunday’s 11-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, but he had success against the Rams, getting the ball out quickly to avoid an Aaron Donald-led rush . The versatile Deebo Samuel has injured the Rams as a running back, receiver and passer. Running back Jeff Wilson Jr., fullback Kyle Juszczyk and tight end George Kittle are other weapons alongside wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings. The 49ers will be without all-pro left tackle Trent Williams, who sustained an ankle injury against Denver. Donald and inside linebackers Bobby Wagner and Ernest Jones lead a front that must neutralize the 49ers’ fast attack. Outside linebacker tackarist McKinley will likely play more behind edge rusher Leonard Floyd. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey is the key player in a second division that will see the return of safe Jordan Fuller. Rookie cornerback Derion Kendrick, who was on concussion protocol after the game against Arizona, will make his second start.
When they kick: Rams defenseman Michael Hoecht blocked a punt against the Cardinals. Kicker Matt Gay has made all four field goal attempts, and Riley Dixon has averaged 35.4 net yards per punt. Robbie Gould has made four out of five field goal attempts for the 49ers. Mitch Wishnowsky averaged 43.3 net yards per punt.
Gary Klein’s prediction: The Rams have not defeated the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium since 2018. However, Garoppolo still plays in game form. The Rams will end their fights in Santa Clara.
RAMS 23, 49ERS 20
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