Five keys to the game for when the 49ers play the Rams this weekend.
49ers vs RamsWeek 18
Kittle is all-world vs all-pro when he's healthy. Right now he's healthy and delivering incredible game stats seemingly at will. Kittle needs to be contained. Somehow.
Last week Matthew Stafford threw for 309 yards, 8.8 YPA, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. He hooked up with OBJ late to get the come-from-behind victory but he has not been solid lately. As he goes, so go the LA Rams.
In week 17 Trey Lance threw for 2 TDs, a 10.8 YPA, and a 116 QBR. Starting out very conservative he warmed up. Jimmy Garappolo has a bum thumb right now and it's a toss-up as to who starts. Rams D doesn't care.
Against the Vikings Kupp got 7 targets, hauled in 6 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Typical.
Stafford to OBJ is exciting. Stafford to Kupp is critical.
The Niners' pass defense held Matthew Stafford in week 10 to 243 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, and a 67.5 QBR. That's winning football and if they can frazzle Stafford again this week it's Niners victory all the way.