For the first time in his Hall of Fame career, Tom Brady will play the San Francisco 49ers on the road. Coming into the game, the San Francisco 49ers are 1-8 and have the second worst record in the NFL. The team played well last week losing a close game at Arizona. Although the team hasn’t won with Kaepernick under center, the offense has played better. The Patriots, who lost a close game last week at home vs the Seahawks, will not have the services of Rob Gronkowski, but I doubt that will matter much in this game. Here are the predictions from the 49ers’ staff writers:
This one should be no contest in favor of the Patriots. Tom Brady is averaging 327 yards per game and holds the highest passer rating in the league. Brady’s arm coupled with his array of strong receivers like tight end Martellus Bennett will strongly challenge the 49er defense, a challenge they have not been up for since week one. If San Francisco intends to keep things close, Colin Kaepernick will need to work the passing game instead of trying to run the ball himself all the time for limited gain. The 49ers desperately need running back Carlos Hyde to return to his usual form, as he only picked up 14 yards on 13 attempts last week against Arizona. Anything is possible, but with the way the 49ers’ season is going, an upset against a very good New England Patriots squad doesn’t look promising.
Patriots 42 49ers 17
There isn’t much hope that the 49ers can actually defeat the New England Patriots in week 11. So instead of focusing on winning the game, I encourage fans to focus on these two individual goals: Can the 49ers limit New England’s rushing attack? Can the 49ers limit Tom Brady from picking them apart? Recent weather reports indicate that heavy rain will play a big part in this game, which, in my mind, could help the 49ers achieve the previously stated goals. If the 49ers can achieve both of these goals, they’ll lose by no more than 10 points. If they cannot achieve either of these goals, a total blowout will be in the books.
49ers achieve two out of two goals: Final score Pats 24 49ers 17
49ers achieve one out of two goals: Final score Pats 28 49ers 14
49ers achieve none out of two goals : Final score Pats 35 49ers 7