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WEEK 4
2010
NYJ at BUF* CIN at CLE* IND at JAC* CHI at NYG
SEA at STL* BAL at PIT* HOU at OAK* NE at MIA*
CAR at NO* DEN at TEN* WAS at PHI DAL, KC
*updated DET at GB* SF at ATL ARI at SD* MIN, TB

Prediction: SF 10, ATL 34

The 49ers have turned for the worse with an offense that rarely scores and a 0-3 record. They have released Jimmy Raye as offensive coordinator and now mostly try to avoid locking eyes with Mike Singletary. The Falcons are 2-1 after nipping the Saints thanks to Garrett Hartley's missed field goal and they return home where their only previous game ended up 41-7 over the Cardinals.

The 49ers were routed by the visiting Falcons last year by the score of 10-45. The 49ers are looking for revenge but that doesn't mean they will get any. Not on the road. Not in Atlanta.

San Francisco 49ers (0-3)
Homefield: Monster Park
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @SEA L 6-31 10 STL --
2 NO L 22-25 11 TB --
3 @KC L 10-31 12 @ARI --
4 @ATL -- 13 @GB --
5 PHI -- 14 SEA --
6 OAK -- 15 @SD --
7 @CAR -- 16 @STL --
8 DEN -- 17 ARI --
9 Bye - - - -
49ers Report | Statistics | Roster
SAN FRANCISCO at ATL Rush Catch Pass
QB Alex Smith - - 240
RB Frank Gore 50,1 60 -
TE Vernon Davis - 70 -
WR Josh Morgan - 40 -
WR Michael Crabtree - 40 -
PK Joe Nedney 1 FG 1 XP -
Pregame Notes: The 49ers are tied with the Bills for most points allowed (87) and that's not the sort of ranking that Mike Singletary was looking for with his defense. The 49ers were a bad road team in 2009 when they had an offense and now their third away venue in just the first four weeks is a death knell. Hard to believe that this defense has yet to allowed fewer than 25 points to an opponent.

QUARTERBACK: Three games in and Alex Smith is losing all the good will he bought last season. He has only thrown two touchdowns on the season against five interceptions and has remained around 250 yards per week. Smith has yet to really connect with any receiver other than Frank Gore or Vernon Davis. Smith needs to kick it into gear soon before the inevitable "what if we change quarterbacks?"

Shaun Hill was the quarterback in week five last year when the Falcons came to San Francisco. He passed for only 198 yards.

The Falcons allowed a big game in New Orleans to Drew Brees but otherwise have not allowed a passing score or much yardage. So far this team has only one touchdown in two away games. They are not going to do more than that in their toughest road game yet.

RUNNING BACKS: The passing game may be lagging but at least Frank Gore has maintained his value with either rushing yards or receiving yards or both. He has yet to score away from home but that should change this week. He's not caught fewer than six passes so far this season and remains a solid play each week if no other 49er. The Falcons are weaker against the run and that's the best part of the 49ers currently.

Gore was injured and missed the meeting last year. Glen Coffee gained just 45 yards on 12 runs and scored once in that game.

WIDE RECEIVERS: This bunch was supposed to be upgraded with Michael Crabtree and the others more experienced but only Josh Morgan has caught a touchdown or had more than 40 yards in any game. It would be nice to see someone step up this week but it has not happened after three games and the offensive coordinator is gone. None of these wideouts are worth a play.

TIGHT ENDS: Vernon Davis was maintaining around 75 yards per week but last Sunday fell to only 22 yards on three catches. With the change in play calling, Davis becomes a bigger risk but his upside alone merits a fantasy start. He has not caught a touchdown yet this season after recording 13 in 2009.

Davis turned in 51 yards on five catches versus the Falcons last year.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SF 23 10 31 12 30 30
Preventing Fantasy Points ATL 11 19 18 18 9 5
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) SF -12 9 -13 6 -21 -25


Atlanta Falcons (2-1)
Homefield: Georgia Dome
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @PIT L 9-15 10 BAL --
2 ARI W 41-7 11 @STL --
3 @NO W 27-24 12 GB --
4 SF -- 13 @TB --
5 @CLE -- 14 @CAR --
6 @PHI -- 15 @SEA --
7 CIN -- 16 NO --
8 Bye - 17 CAR --
9 TB -- - - -
Falcons Report | Statistics | Roster
ATLANTA vs 49ers Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Ryan - - 230,2
RB Michael Turner 120,2 10 -
TE Tony Gonzalez - 60,1 -
WR Roddy White - 100,1 -
WR Harry Douglas - 30 -
PK Matt Bryant 2 FG 4 XP -

Pregame Notes: After losing a close one to the Steelers in the season opener, the Falcons have peeled off two straight wins including in New Orleans last week. the defense is playing well and the offense even better no matter if Michael Turner is around or not. The Falcons are vying for the divisional crown and winning in New Orleans is a major step to securing the division.

QUARTERBACK: Matt Ryan has been very consistent since leaving Pittsburgh in the season opener. For two games he has posted two or three touchdowns and around 225 yards with no interceptions. Just when you think he has forgotten about Tony Gonzalez, he gives the Hall of Famer a monster game last week. Ryan hasn't turned in a truly big game but he's been delightfully productive and consistent.

Ryan threw for 329 yards and two scores in San Francisco last year. He added a score via a run as well.

The 49ers have allowed at least two passing scores in each game if not three. Figure on a good game from Ryan that could become great depending on the success of the running backs.

RUNNING BACKS: Michael Turner was back from his groin injury and showed no signs of it when he rushed 30 times for 114 yards and one score in New Orleans. The running game went so well in the overtime win that even Jason Snelling was given 14 carries for 62 yards. That won't always be the case though it could this week again. The important factor is that Turner is back and healthy again.

Turner scorched the 49ers for 97 yards and three touchdowns last season. The 49ers have only allowed one rushing touchdown this year but traveling across the country to play in a loud dome after losing a offensive coordinator - figure on a big game here by Turner. Snelling could end up with some spill over but there is risk in relying on that to happen.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Michael Jenkins remains out with a shoulder injury and Harry Douglas has only managed three catches for 32 yards over the last two weeks so he is the perfect replacement for Jenkins. Roddy White has scored in each of the last two games and not dropped below 69 yards yards in a game so far.

White had 210 yards on eight catches and two scores versus the 49ers last season. They will remember this. They may not be able to do anything about it though as they could not in 2009. White is the only Falcons wideout that matters. The 49ers have allowed four touchdowns to the wide receivers already this year that that was two each in the road games. White should string the scoring to three weeks now.

TIGHT ENDS: After languishing with just two catches in each of the first two weeks, Tony Gonzalez roared to life in New Orleans when he caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Gonzo turned in 55 yards on six catches in San Francisco in 2009. Back at home he should manage no less.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points ATL 13 1 17 15 4 13
Preventing Fantasy Points SF 27 26 15 21 25 29
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) ATL 14 25 -2 6 21 16

WEEK 4
2010
NYJ at BUF CIN at CLE IND at JAC CHI at NYG
SEA at STL BAL at PIT HOU at OAK NE at MIA
CAR at NO DEN at TEN WAS at PHI DAL, KC
  DET at GB SF at ATL ARI at SD MIN, TB
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