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Three questions for 49ers as they host Rams

Shanahan, Hoyer looking for first win with San Francisco

John Dickinson
September 21, 2017 - 11:44 am

Can the 49ers keep the running game going?

Carlos Hyde rushed for 124 yards in Seattle after starting strong against Carolina in Week 1. The Redskins had success using a ground attack versus the Rams in Week 2. This could be the week where the run could break off some big time runs that get them into the end zone for the first time in 2017. The 49ers will need all the running game they can muster to help take some of the pressure off of Brian Hoyer.


Will Hoyer step up? Can Shanahan help him?

Brian Hoyer is on the record saying he has to play better. Hoyer has thrown a bad interception in each of his first two starts with the 49ers and has been uncomfortable and inaccurate when pressured.

Will Kyle Shanahan simplify the game some for his struggling QB by rolling him out of the pocket and cutting the field in half making for easier quicker reads? Will the running game allow a few more deep shots than have been available against Carolina and Seattle?

No one in Levi’s Stadium has more pressure on them to perform well tonight than Brian Hoyer.


Turning point?

Thursday night’s contest marks a possible early turning point either way for the 49ers new regime led by Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. A win would show that the team is improving each game and calm some of the murmurs from fans and media about a quarterback change.

A loss to the only team the 49ers have been able to beat in their last 22 games could appear to be a regression from previous years that have been considered embarrassments. I can hear fans and maybe even some talk-show hosts now, “Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly can beat the Rams and Kyle Shanahan can’t?” The 49ers will try to avoid that setback tonight.

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