San Francisco travels to Miami for their week 12 game. The 49ers enter the game with a 1-9 record, one of their worst starts in years’. Miami who is 6-4 and 4-0 at home are in the thick of the AFC wildcard race. Boasting one of the leagues best young running backs in Jay Ajayi, the Dolphins will lean heavliy on him in this game. Do the 49ers have what it takes to stop Ajayi and upset Miami? Here are the predicitons from the 49er staff writers:
The San Francisco 49ers have not won a game in Miami in 21 years.
Don’t expect the team to snap that streak this season.
Although Colin Kaepernick has played fairly well in his last few games, another decent performance against another solid defense (this time headlined by defensive end Cam Wake) will likely result in yet another loss. Look for the 49ers to hand Carlos Hyde the ball as their main source of offense. Last week against the Los Angeles Rams, running back Todd Gurley only managed 76 yards and one rushing touchdown against the Dolphins defense. If Hyde is met with the same pressure from Miami’s front line, it could spell even more trouble for the San Francisco offense.
As for the defense, safety Eric Reid is out for the season and both cornerback Jimmie Ward and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch have been deemed questionable for Sunday’s matchup, among many other injuries to San Francisco’s defensive lineup. The 49er defense is still ranked last in the NFL, allowing an average of 431 yards per game and 31 points per game. Even an average offense like that of the Dolphins can do some major damage against an opponent like San Francisco. Although Ward and Lynch would be helpful, their game time status likely won’t have much impact on the final outcome.
Dolphins 33 49ers 17
Sitting at 1-9, the 2016 San Francisco 49ers have been a catastrophe. I have to admit I didn’t think they would be this bad. Looking at the rest of their schedule, they may have one maybe two winnable games remaining. Sunday’s game against the Dolphins is not one of them. Traveling east and playing in a early game is a recipe for disaster. The 49ers have the worst rushing defense in the NFL and Miami will run the ball early and often. The only semi bright spot for the team has been Colin Kaepernick’s play which has been productive. If anything, going into the offseason, the front office knows that a mobile quarterback could work in this offense. San Francisco normally starts out games keeping it close before losing steam in the second half. I expect the same thing to happen today.
Dolphins 31 49ers 17