In the NFL you have to be able to rebound. Rebound from bad plays, injuries, and losses. In this week’s version of the Rebound Bowl the Indianapolis Colts will take on the San Francisco 49ers. It’s a perfect match for the Rebound Bowl: Two teams with high expectations coming off of tough losses last week. Finding a way to win is crucial to staying in the division hunt for each team.
The San Francisco 49ers may have to worst of it. Last week’s loss in Seattle was a stunning defeat, not because San Francisco was on the wrong side of the score but because of the totality of the loss. Colin Kaepernick had his worst outing as a pro. Frank Gore couldn’t get the running game going. Perhaps the worst part was that the stunningly good 49ers defense got blasted for 29 points. Russell Wilson didn’t have amazing stats but he did get it done when it was necessary and running back Marshawn Lynch did a great deal of damage to a unit that prides itself on stopping the run.
The Indianapolis Colts are in a little better shape but they are still reeling from a double whammy loss down in Miami, a loss that put them behind the Dolphins in the division and perhaps exposed a major weakness. Indianapolis is searching for a running game. They may have found a running back this week by trading for Trent Richardson but how much he’ll play, if he plays at all against San Francisco, is going to be limited. This is going to be a test for Andrew Luck. How well he responds to a sub-par performance against the Dolphins is going to mean the difference in this game. Unfortunately he’ll have to rebound against a 49ers defense with blood in their eyes after being stung in Seattle.