Today’s 49ers vs Giants game features two high-profile quarterbacks in Colin Kaepernick and Eli Manning. Yet as we watch San Francisco 49ers vs NY Giants live online Fox Sports free streaming today it’s likely to be more about the running backs than it is the QBs. The reasons for this are different for each team, but in each case they seem to favor the 49ers.
After waiting nine weeks for his suspension to end, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is making his 2014 NFL season debut in today’s Giants game. Smith has been barred from practices and official team activities, but he’s still had access to the gym and certainly knows how to sack a quarterback, so it’s unclear what impact he’ll actually have in today’s 49ers game.
Aldon’s return is interestingly timed, as the Giants get running back Rashad Jennings back for today’s 49ers game. New York will need Jennings to produce immediately so Aldon and the rest of the Niners defense can’t just blitz Eli Manning all day. Even if the 49ers do, Jennings has demonstrated his ability to pick up the blitz, and he’s a great emergency dump for Manning. The Giants have gone 0-4 and averaged 83 rushing yards/game without Jennings in the lineup, whereas they’d averaged 121 rushing yards per game before he was injured.
While the NY Giants relish the return of their starting running back, 49ers star RB Frank Gore should also expect to see some major carries in today’s 49ers vs Giants game. Last Sunday the Giants defense allowed the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch to run all over them for 140 yards and four TDs in the Giants’ 17-38 loss.
Though Kaepernick this season averages 5.1 yards per carry, he’s much less of a dual- and read-option threat than he was even last year. Gore, on the other hand, leads the 5-4 Niners 553 yards rushing, 129 more yards than Michael Crabtree has receiving. With the Giants’ rush defense so porous, Gore should have some big gains in today’s Giants game.
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- Kickoff for today’s San Francisco 49ers vs New York Giants game live: 1pm EST / 10am PST
- Stadium: MetLife Stadium (the NY Giants are the home team)
- Point spread: the 49ers are 3-point favorites
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