After two games on the road, the San Francisco 49ers are heading back home. They will take on the Buffalo Bills at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday at State Farm Stadium. These two teams come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.
The Los Angeles Rams typically have all the answers at home, but last week San Francisco proved too difficult a challenge. The 49ers skirted past the Rams 23-20. No one had a standout game offensively for San Francisco, but they got scores from DE Kerry Hyder, RB Raheem Mostert, and DT Javon Kinlaw.
San Francisco’s defense was the real showstopper, as it collected two interceptions and two fumbles. The picks came courtesy of CB Richard Sherman and Kinlaw.
Meanwhile, Buffalo beat the Los Angeles Chargers 27-17 last week. Like San Francisco, the Bills didn’t have any clear offensive standouts, but they got scores from WR Cole Beasley, TE Dawson Knox, and WR Gabriel Davis. QB Josh Allen ended up with a passer rating of 135.40.
This next matchup is expected to be close, with the 49ers going off at just a 1-point favorite. Their home turf has been no bettor’s paradise, though, as they’ve failed to beat the spread in four of their five home games.
The wins brought San Francisco up to 5-6 and Buffalo to 8-3. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: San Francisco ranks second in the league when it comes to passing yards allowed per game, with only 217.6 on average. Less enviably, Buffalo is stumbling into the contest with the fourth most rushing touchdowns allowed in the NFL, having given up 16 on the season.