Game day has finally arrived for the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers. After unveiling Peyton Manning’s statue at Lucas Oil Stadium yesterday, Indianapolis heads into a game needing to win in order to keep pace in the AFC South and continue to cling to life until Andrew Luck can return to the football field.
The San Francisco 49ers have started the season 0-4 and have something to prove with a young head coach and new general manager. In their first game again an AFC South opponent, they would like put a mark in the win column and get some momentum going before they travel to Washington to face the Redskins.
David Fucillo of Niners Nation shared his thoughts on the 49ers chances to play spoiler to the big weekend for the Colts with Peyton Manning’s jersey retirement and induction into the Ring of Honor at half time.
BM: This game will be emotional for Colts fans with Peyton Manning's statue presentation on Saturday, a lot of former Colts attending practice this week, Andrew Luck practicing for the first time, and Manning having his jersey retired. Despite all of these things, do you expect the 49ers to come in and play spoiler?
DF: I think the 49ers can indeed play spoiler in this game. They've come so close the past three weeks, and at some point I would like to think they can break through. The 49ers had success getting after Carson Palmer last week, but a turtle has more mobility than Palmer. Two weeks prior, they got after Russell Wilson with regularity, but of course, Wilson was able to burn them a whole lot more with his legs. It seems like Brissett's mobility is closer to that of Wilson than Palmer, so this game could come down to how much he can create after the pressure starts getting to him.
The 49ers offense scored their first touchdown of the season in Week 3, but other than the Rams game, they have yet to score a touchdown. Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida will once again be key to making things happen. Brian Hoyer can make plays, but there is no consistency there, so I don't really get my expectations up in that regard. His best work comes in play action, so an upset would likely entail a strong performance from Hyde, and then Hoyer making just enough plays in the play-action passing game. The 49ers could very well win with just field goals again, but I'm thinking they'll need a touchdown or two to actually win this game.
The 49ers are a 1.5-point underdog right now, with the point total set at 44. I'll go with 49ers winning 20-16.
David feels this weekend is the chance the 49ers need to finally get over the hump and take home their first win of the season. For my predictions, please feel free to visit Niners Nation.