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Team Comparison: 49ers Look to Rebound on the Road against the Chargers

The San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers hope to get back to .500 following disappointing losses in Week 3. Both teams entered 2018 with high expectations, however injuries and costly miscues have played a role in early-season struggles through the first three weeks.

As San Francisco seeks its first road win of the year, here's a preview of the 49ers Week 4 matchup.

Series Highlights

The San Francisco 49ers head south this week to take on the Chargers in their first regular season meeting since 2014 when the franchise still resided in San Diego.

The all-time series between the two teams is tied at seven wins apiece as San Francisco looks for their first win against the Chargers since 2000.

This marks the first time since 2012 that San Francisco has started on the road in three of the first four weeks of a season.

Chargers Key Additions

C Mike Pouncey

TE Virgil Green

CB Jaylen Watkins

S Derwin James

Chargers Notes from Last Week

In the battle of LA, the Chargers fell to the Los Angeles Rams, 35-23.

  • Passing Leader: Philip Rivers threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams.
  • Rushing Leader: Melvin Gordon led the Chargers running backs with 80 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown.
  • Receiving Leader: Mike Williams caught 4-of-7 targets for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Defensive Leader: Brandon Mebane registered the Chargers lone sack against the Rams.

49ers Notes from Last Week

The 49ers hit the road for their first of back-to-back road games beginning with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers fell to the Chiefs, 38-27.

  • Passing Leader: Jimmy Garoppolo completed 20-of-30 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns for a 114.7 passer rating.
  • Rushing Leader: Matt Breida continued to find open running lanes with 90 yards on 10 carries.
  • Receiving Leader: George Kittle led all 49ers pass catchers in targets (7), receptions (5) and yards (79) against the Chiefs.
  • Defensive Leader: Antone Exum tied for a team-high nine solo tackles, forced a fumble and recorded a sack on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Team Comparison


Offensive Comparison


Defensive Comparison


Final Nuggets

  • C.J. Beathard passed for 1,430 yards with seven total touchdowns in six games in 2017.
  • Matt Breida aims for his third game in a row with 100 or more scrimmage yards. He is currently tied with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott with the most rushing yards in 2018 (274).
  • In his last matchup against the Chargers, Alfred Morris put up 121 rushing yards and a touchdown in 2013 with the Washington Redskins.
  • Last week's 35-yard score against the Chiefs was Kyle Juszczyk's seventh-career touchdown.
  • In his past five contests against AFC opponents, Marquise Goodwin has totaled 27 catches for 403 yards (80.6 per game) and a touchdown. He aims for fourth game in a row on the road against an AFC opponent with 100 or more receiving yards or a touchdown.
  • DeForest Buckner has 3.5 sacks over his last three games. He also has 3.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and three tackles for loss in his five career road games against AFC opponents.
  • Rookie linebacker Fred Warner led the team with 11 total tackles last week against the Chiefs. Warner aims for his fourth game in a row with 10 or more tackles. He currently ranks second among rookies with 33 tackles in 2018.
  • In Week 3 against the Chiefs, Antone Exum had a career-high nine solo total tackles and his first career sack and forced fumble.