NFL Capsule: 49ers Expected to Lose Opener to Rams at Levi's - NBC Bay Area

NFL Capsule: 49ers Expected to Lose Opener to Rams at Levi's



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    NFL capsule: 49ers expected to lose opener to Rams at Levi's

    LOS ANGELES (7-9) at SAN FRANCISCO (5-11)

    Monday, 10:20 p.m. EDT, ESPN

    OPENING LINE - Rams by 2

    SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 66-64-3

    LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Rams 19-16, OT, Jan. 3, 2016

    AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 26, 49ers No. 31

    RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (7), PASS (32).

    RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (20), PASS (23).

    49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (21), PASS (29).

    49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (29), PASS (27).

    STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Rams won just one of last eight trips to San Francisco, with one tie as well. ... Rams play first game as "L.A. Rams" since leaving for St. Louis following 1994 season. ... Los Angeles QB Case Keenum starts first season opener in career. ... Rams WR Tavon Austin last year became first player since Gale Sayers in 1965 with at least five TDs receiving, four TDs rushing and one punt return for TD in single season. ... Los Angeles' Aaron Donald tied for NFL lead last year among defensive tackles with 12 sacks. ... Chip Kelly coaches first game with San Francisco. ... Niners look to win sixth straight opener for first time ever. ... San Francisco QB Blaine Gabbert starts first opener since 2013 with Jacksonville. Gabbert threw for career-high 354 yards in January win vs. Rams. .... Gabbert led NFL last season with 120.5 passer rating in red zone. ... San Francisco backup QB Colin Kaepernick plans to kneel in protest once again during national anthem. ... 49ers WR Torrey Smith led NFL in 2015 with 20.1 yards per catch. ... Fantasy Tip: 49ers TE Vance McDonald had 23 catches and three TDs in seven games with Gabbert as starter after having just seven catches and no scores in seven games with Kaepernick.