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San Francisco 49ers: Why The Showdown With Rams Will Foreshadow Rest of Season
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Michael Crabtree, Jason Hill, Vernon Davis, Chilo Rachal, and Nate Byham on the sidelines... apparently not in a game that they won.

Midway through the season, the 49ers find themselves at an unfathomable 2-6, and at the bottom of the NFC West. Many have high hopes that they will turn it around. Frankly, that wouldn't surprise me. However, the team has some serious issues that it needs to overcome if this is to be the case.

Last season, the 49ers won only three games outside of the division. If they're aiming to equal last year, they've won two of those three already. Of the eight games remaining, five of them represent divisional matchups that were won by the team last year.

This week's showdown at home against the St. Louis Rams will shine more light on what the 49ers might-or-might not be able to accomplish this season in relation to last year. If the 49ers lose to the Rams at home, there is a good chance they will also lose on the road, which puts the team at 8-8 for the year as a best case scenario.

With the team coming off of a bye week, it will have had a chance to really look at areas that it needs to improve upon. Hopefully the collective team, coaching staff included, will rise to the occasion.

The 49ers have remaining home games against the Rams, Buccaneers, Seahawks,and Cardinals, and away games against the Cardinals, Packers, Chargers, and Rams. With the level of competitiveness the 49ers have shown in several games, most of these are achievable wins. But depending on which team shows up, all of them potential losses.

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