The San Francisco 49ers visit the St. Louis Rams on Thursday. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. EDT. Listen to the live radio broadcast HERE.
San Francisco dropped to 1-2 after an opening-season win over Green Bay. With the offense struggling to produce points, the pressure is quickly falling on quarterback Colin Kaepernick to turn things around. The issues on offense are compounded by the report of running back Frank Gore being upset with coach Jim Harbaugh over his number of touches in Week 3's loss against Indianapolis.
Despite getting only 11 touches last week, the Rams expect Gore to be a bigger factor on Thursday.
"After the show we put on Sunday, I'd run the ball too," Rams defensive end Chris Long said, via ESPN. "We have to fix those things. If you have a subpar performance, there's nothing you can ask more than to have a great running team like San Francisco to see where we're at. They're going to come in and try to run the football, they always do, that's how they're built and it's up to us to be up to the task."
On the other side of the ball, St. Louis will have to deal with 49ers defensive end Justin Smith. He'll likely be matched up against Rams left tackle Jake Long throughout the night.
"He's definitely the one that runs that defense, especially up front," said Long, via ESPN. "He's a guy that never stops until the whistle has blown. He's running guys down, he's pushing guys back, he's making all the tackles and really is the heart and soul of that defensive line. We've got to slow him down."
The Rams, meanwhile, are trying to avoid falling to 1-3 on Thursday. The burden falls on quarterback Sam Bradford, now in his fourth NFL season. In three games, Bradford has completed 88-of-141 passes for 891 yards, six touches and two fumbles.
San Francisco is favored by 3.5 points, according to ESPN. The over/under is 43.0 points.