Full Week 3 Stat Predictions for San Francisco 49ers Offensive Players
The San Francisco 49ers offense couldn't have been much worse on Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks held the Niners to 207 total yards and forced five turnovers en route to a 29-3 win.
San Francisco will look to correct its mistakes against the Indianapolis Colts. Indy won 11 games last season, but it had a minus-30 point differential.
Who is primed to help the 49ers offense bounce back? Read on to find out.
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Week 2 stats: 13-of-28 passing, 127 yards, three interceptions; nine carries, 87 yards
Colin Kaepernick had his worst game as a pro against Seattle.
He had never thrown more than one interception in a game, and his 20.1 passer rating was, by far, the worst of his career as a starter.
The Colts could be just what the doctor ordered.
The Colts then allowed 319 passing yards to Ryan Tannehill, which was the second-best total in his career.
Kaepernick showed against Seattle that he's more likely to make bad decisions when trailing by a couple of scores with the run game struggling. The 49ers aren't likely to be in that position. Expect an impressive performance.
Prediction: 18-of-26 passing, 265 yards, two touchdowns, four carries, 40 yards
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Week 2 stats: Nine carries, 16 yards; one reception, 14 yards
In two games, Gore has totaled 30 carries for 60 yards. This is one of the many reasons why Jim Harbaugh said during a Monday press conference that he wants to see "significant improvement" in the play of the offensive line, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
Basically, the entire running game is facing scrutiny, and it'll only intensify if Gore and Co. don't have a big game against Indy.
In 2012, the Colts allowed 5.1 yards per rushing attempt. They are allowing 4.5 yards per carry so far this year, which ranks 26th in the league.
If there was ever a game for Gore to get going, this is the one.
Prediction: 20 carries, 102 yards, one touchdown
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Week 1 stats: One catch, seven yards
If you've been paying attention, you'll know that I expect Kaepernick to have an impressive bounce-back performance on Sunday. This bodes well for Boldin.
The veteran wide receiver was shut down by Richard Sherman, but the Colts don't have a player of Sherman's caliber in their secondary.
The last time Boldin faced the Colts, he had seven catches for 145 yards and a touchdown for the Baltimore Ravens during last season's Wild Card Weekend.
Since then, the Colts have added Greg Toler as a starter alongside Vontae Davis. Boldin should no issue producing against either.
Prediction: Eight catches, 110 yards, two touchdowns
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Week 2 stats: Three catches, 20 yards
How bad is Vernon Davis' hamstring strain? As of this writing, it's hard to say.
We know Davis left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter when the 49ers were losing 19-3. It's possible it was only a precaution.
Until I have updated information, I'll assume he'll play against the Colts.
UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11:55 a.m. ET
Davis is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, per Bill Williamson of ESPN. On Friday, Davis tweeted this: "Niners Nation, who's ready to see me take on Vontae this Sunday?! #SiblingRivalry #GoNiners"
Sounds like he's playing.
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Indy allowed five catches for 109 yards to Dolphins fullback/tight end Charles Clay. A healthy Davis should have a solid game against the Colts.
Prediction: Four catches, 85 yards (if he plays)
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Week 2 stats: Four catches, 39 yards
As the 49ers run the ball and look to get Boldin and Davis back on track, Williams might be the forgotten man.
The No. 2 wide receiver won't go catchless, but he's also not likely to top his season high of 39 receiving yards.
Prediction: Two catches, 25 yards
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Week 2 stats: One carry, minus-seven yards
It goes without saying that the 49ers struggled to sustain drives against the Seahawks.
As the 49ers have more offensive success against the Colts, Hunter will get more opportunities.
It won't just be a breakout performance for Gore. Hunter will also run rampant against the Indy front seven.
Prediction: Eight carries, 42 yards
Rest of 49ers Skill-Position Players
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If Davis doesn't play, it'll be up to McDonald to fill the void. Assuming Davis does play, McDonald will, once again, be used sparingly in the passing game.
Prediction: Two catches, 30 yards
The fullback had five targets against Seattle. That was an aberration. His biggest contribution in this game will be his blocking.
Prediction: One catch, eight yards
Marlon Moore, Garrett Celek and Co. should only see a few targets combined on Sunday.
Prediction: Moore—One catch, seven yards; Anthony Dixon—Two carries, seven yards; The rest—No touches
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Week 2 stats: 1-of-1 field goals
Dawson should be busy on Sunday. With more than 400 yards of offense, the 49ers could hit the 30-point mark again.
Expect Dawson to make his first 50-plus-yard field goal of the season.
Prediction: 3-of-3 PATs; 3-of-3 field goals