The Niners’ top-10 offense will be met by an equal Saints’ top-10 defense.
The San Francisco 49ers rank No. 6 throughout the first nine weeks in the NFL in passing yards on offense with 2,471 yards. That same Niners’ offense also ranks No. 9 in total yards in the NFL through nine weeks rushing with 1,071. They also rank No. 8 in total touchdowns on the year.
The Saints’ defense currently ranks No. 8 in the NFL in yards given up through the air with 1,851 through nine weeks. Their defense also ranks No. 1 in the NFL in yards given up rushing with only 642 yards through those same nine weeks.
This game is shaping up to be the exact opposite of the way it was last year. Last season, both teams had tremendous offenses and they just worked through each other’s defenses. This year a top defense will meet a top offense.
That would predict a low-scoring game. However, if you were to flip both of them, the Saints offense ranks far above the Niners defense. For that reason, the Saints will be able to stop them on defense, score on them on offense, and handily win this game.