It's the Hard Times Bowl as the winless San Francisco 49ers (0-4) face off against the Luckless Indianapolis colts (1-3) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Hyde has a team-high 321 yards rushing this season and has a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Brissett doesn't have to complete a pass to Robinson's receiver; he needs to get Robinson to continue to commit ill-times pass interference penalties downfield.
After falling to 0-5 with Sunday's loss to Indianapolis, the 49ers will have to travel across country again to take on 2-2 Washington next Sunday, the team's third-straight road game. "Tough guy, man. Tough to bring down".
The Colts need to put on a show all 70,000 in attendance because it seems feasible not to have a packed house the rest of the season. Replay disagreed, putting him down at the 1. It was nearly a carbon copy of last week's loss to Arizona, right down to the 6-6 halftime score and walk-off points for the opponent in overtime (though this time it was a 51-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri instead of a Larry Fitzgerald touchdown). "He's got a lot of speed". He has 405 yards from scrimmage (135 per game) and two touchdowns in his last three games against AFC foes. Coach Chuck Pagano has said the little things are hurting the Colts. Hoyer's pass to tight end George Kittle on third down was incomplete, and Robbie Gould came on for the 28-yard field goal to tie it at 3-3 with 2:37 left in the first quarter. He's not going to get you much outside of a touchdown. That they managed to win a game among those contests was somewhat miraculous.
Most people expected the 49ers to rely on the short passing game, so the relatively low yards per attempt put up by Hoyer so far isn't that surprising.
When Andrew Luck comes back, the only QB controversy will be whether Brissett should remain Luck's backup or be traded for the kind of draft pick a starting quarterback can net in return. He burned Cleveland with two rushing touchdowns in Indianapolis' only win. Luck remains questionable for Sunday's game meaning Brissett will get another chance to prove his mettle. "I thought he struggled with that at times, which I know he can do better".
Sunday, he had to be calmed down on the sideline by quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer. "You're up 14 in the fourth, you've got to find a way (to finish)".
Overall, a dominant force up front is going to cover up the biggest problem with the 49ers' defense: the secondary. "We definitely needed that".
San Francisco cut the deficit to 23-16 with eight minutes to go on Hoyer's 6-yard touchdown pass to fullback Kyle Juszczyk, capping a five-play, 79-yard drive. All three weeks that he has started, he has been great to start the game all the way through the first half. He missed the previous three games with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Jabaal Sheard posted 1.5 sacks and seven tackles.