September 23rd, 2013

Can the 49ers Bounce Back?

Last week, the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Indianapolis Colts 27-7. On top of that, Aldon Smith could be out for a month and star TE Vernon Davis is injured. This is the first time that the team has been under .500 while under head coach Jim Harbaugh. What can the 49ers do to keep their playoff dreams alive?

First, Frank Gore should be getting way more carries than he did last week, especially with QB Colin Kaepernick struggling as a passer. Frank Gore only saw 11 carries in last week's loss. Gore has definitely shown that he can be a 1,000 yd. rusher, accomplishing the feat 6 times in his 8 full seasons in San Francisco.

Also, someone on the 49ers defense needs to step up and fill the shoes of elite pass rusher Aldon Smith who is expected to miss about a month. Whether it's Justin Smith getting back up to the level he was playing at last year (this year he has just one sack in three games), or LBs Amhad Brooks or Navoarro Bowman, the 49ers desperately need another pass rusher.

Players on the offense have to up their games too. Anquan Boldin had an amazing Week 1 with over 200 yards receiving. Since then, Boldin has less than 80 yards receiving. It's the same thing with Colin Kaepernick. In Week 1, Kaep threw for over 400 yards. Since then, he has thrown less than 300 yards.

So, can San Fran make the playoffs this year? What do you think?


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