The San Francisco 49ers have had a poor week, as they were obliterated by the Seattle Seahawks and have had to deal with Aldon Smith’s arrest.
Luckily for them, they have someone to take their anger out on.
Andrew Luck will face Jim Harbaugh, his college coach, in a game with numerous juicy storylines. Vernon and Vontae Davis will play each other, Luck will face Colin Kaepernick, whom he raved about to Harbaugh, and Cam Johnson and Ricky Jean-Francois will face their former team.
In addition, the game will be good. The Colts are 14-7 in their last 21 games, and they will challenge the 1-1 49ers. San Francisco is favored for good reason, but if it doesn’t play well, we could see a good game.
Luck has played well in his career, and while he has had some trouble protecting the ball, he is a very good quarterback who will become a star soon. He has Coby Fleener, Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton to catch passes, so the 49ers will have their hands full.
However, the Colts have a banged-up offensive line, so Justin and Aldon Smith can wreak havoc on Luck. Expect the 49ers to give up completions but come through with sacks.
As for the Colts defense, it isn’t extremely sharp. Kaepernick should have time to throw in the pocket, and he should be able to run the read-option against a team that struggled to contain Terrelle Pryor on the ground. Look for a high-scoring game today.
I think the 49ers can hit Luck and force a turnover with pressure, and I think they can carve up the Colts defense. I have the 49ers winning 38-28, but it should be a good game that can go either way.