The 49ers, who are leaving, are seeking their first win against the Colts since 2001

INDIANAPOLIS (2-4) at SAN FRANCISCO (2-3) Sunday, 20:20 EDT, NBC OPENING LINE: 49ers with 4 1/2, according to FanDuel …


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OPENING LINE: 49ers with 4 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Indianapolis 4-2; San Francisco 1-4.

SERIES DESCRIPTION: The Colts lead 26-18.

LAST MEETING: The Colts beat the 49ers 26-23, OT, on October 8, 2017 in Indianapolis.

LAST WEEK: The Colts beat the Texans 31-3; The 49ers said goodbye, losing at the Cardinals 17-10 on October 10th.



49ERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (14), RUSH (12), PASS (14), SCORING (17).


TURNING DIFFERENTIAL: Colts plus-7; 49ers minus-5.

COLTS PLAYER TO SEE: DeForest Buckner. The All-Pro defensive tackle in 2020 was traded by San Francisco to Indy in March 2020. He has acknowledged that this has not been the start he envisioned for himself or the team, but now he has a chance to come with a statement against his former club.

49ERS PLAYER TO SEE: QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo is expected to return after missing a match with a right calf injury. Garoppolo was not sharp in his last two starts, completing 61.9% of his passes with three TDs, two INTs and an 84.2 passer rating.

KEY MATCHUP: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor vs. 49ers LB Fred Warner. Warner was so impressed with Taylor when they played in college back in 2017 that he told teams at the combine the year after Taylor was the best player he faced in college. Taylor has lived up to that billing in his second season in the NFL, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Bear.

IMPORTANT INJURIES: Indy often put injured receiver Parris Campbell on IR after injuring his foot on a 51-yard TD catch. … Colts could play again without T Braden Smith (foot / thumb), three times All-Pro G Quenton Nelson (sprained ankle) and DE Kemoko Turay (groin). Michael K Michael Badgley has replaced Rodrigo Blankenship (hip). … Niner’s backup QB Trey Lance is expected to miss the game with a sprained left knee. … San Francisco Castle CB K’Waun Williams is expected back after missing two games with a calf injury.

SERIES NOTES: The Colts have won the last four meetings of the series, including a 26-23 OT victory in 2017 that dropped San Francisco to 0-5 in coach Kyle Shanahan’s first season. … San Francisco’s last win came in 2001, when the Niners intercepted Peyton Manning four times in a 40-21 victory. This loss led to former coach Jim Mora’s “playoffs” happy…. Colts QB Carson Wentz has won both career starts against San Francisco, including a 25-20 victory that came from behind in October last year to Philadelphia.

STATISTICS AND STUFF: Wentz can tie Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and John Unitas’ franchise record for most games in a row with a passer rating of 115.0 on Sunday. He’s had three straight. … Taylor ran for 145 yards in last week’s win over Houston and had 116 yards received the previous week in Baltimore. In his last 13 games, Taylor has 1,291 yards rushing and 12 TD runs. … Indy LB Darius Leonard has had a takeaway in four games in a row. The Colts have forced at least one turnover in seven in a row. … The Colts are tied for Arizona for the most clumsy recoveries this season (seven) and the Los Angeles Rams for the fewest penalties (24). … San Francisco has lost three games. … The Niners are 1-6 at Levi’s Stadium the last two seasons. … San Francisco WR Deebo Samuel had 71 yards from scrimmage and his fourth career TD run in Week 5 losses to Arizona. Samuel has at least five catches in four of five games this season. … Niners DE Nick Bosa’s five sacks are the most through five games for the franchise since Bryant Young had six in 2005.

FANTASY TIP: Indianapolis WR TY Hilton returned after a neck injury and had four catches of 80 yards in his debut in 2021. Hilton had a great day the last time he faced San Francisco with seven catches of 177 yards in that game in 2017. He is now struggling with a quadriceps problem but is expected to play.


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