Eric Reid and the San Francisco 49ers (1-4) head to Buffalo to take on the Bills (3-2) in a must-win matchup on Sunday. Coach Chip Kelly gives Colin Kaepernick the nod at quarterback this week in an attempt to jolt in the 49er offense that hasn’t been able to consistently move the ball. Kaepernick gives Kelly’s fast-paced, read-option style offense a dual-threat quarterback. While Blaine Gabbert wasn’t afraid to tuck the ball and run, Kaepernick has lightning breakaway speed to make big plays.
San Francisco’s defense has their work cut out for them. The Bills feature one of the top rushing attacks in the game, led by veteran running back LeSean McCoy and scrambling quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Buffalo ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards with 137.2 yards per game, and the 49ers must focus on shutting down the run and forcing Taylor to throw the football.
Linebacker Nick Bellore steps in for his second start since Pro Bowl linebacker NaVorro Bowman went down with a season-ending injury. The coaching staff was happy with Bellore's first career start, and the six-year veteran looks to build on a solid performance, finishing with nine tackles and half of a sack.
San Francisco must win the turnover margin on Sunday, but the Bills are one of the best in the league at holding onto the football. Buffalo is tied for second in the league with only two turnovers all season, but the 49ers rank in the top 10 in the NFL with eight forced turnovers.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. ET.