With the 49ers coming off a relatively unexpected loss vs. the Minnesota Vikings last week that saw all phases suffer, it will be tough to imagine the upcoming game against the New York Jets as some sort of shoe-in victory. The team is playing in it's second straight road game, choosing to stay in Youngstown, OH in between in order to keep themselves on East-coast time and reduce travel.
The Jets have had an up-and-down season thus-far and have struggled to find their groove. Still, playing at home in the Meadowlands could provide them with some added benefit. Mark Sanchez has been oft-criticized in his career and this year has been no exception, especially with the addition of the polarizing Tim Tebow into the mix.
Personally I expect Jim Harbaugh to use last week's loss as a motivating factor to get back on track, to realize that the team is always vulnerable to lose a "stupid game" and that the guys will come out of the tunnel ready to make up for their transgressions.
With the Jets losing Darelle Revis for the season to a knee injury, the secondary may be ripe for attacking. I would expect some play-action passes to be mixed in with a mostly run-heavy offense by the 49ers on Sunday as they get back to what has been working for them: playing ball-control offense with stifling defense and excellent special teams.
Look for the 49ers to put it all together this week and show the NFL last week was a fluke. It might be a close game at times, but I expect the 49ers to deliver a signature win following a tough loss.