Rams, 49ers better than half bad

November, 30, 2008
11/30/08
2:38
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers hold a 10-0 lead over the Bills at halftime. The Rams are hanging tough with the Dolphins, trailing 10-9 at halftime.

The 49ers are sticking to Mike Singletary's run-heavy approach, then finding openings with selective throws downfield. Jason Hill again looks good as a receiver. Frank Gore ran the ball on the 49ers' first five plays of the game. We're seeing the 49ers using two tight ends most of the time, including when they line up Sean Ryan as the fullback for I-formation looks. This is working pretty well. Niners linebackers Patrick Willis forced a Marshawn Lynch fumble, setting up a 49ers field goal right before halftime.

San Francisco's Shaun Hill is a better quarterback than the Bills' Trent Edwards right now, from what I am seeing. He fits the way the 49ers want to play on offense. The Bills' inability to get a pass rush is helping Hill show what he can do when he has ample time and a reliable ground game. Hill should factor in the 49ers' quarterback equation in some capacity next season.

The Rams had Orlando Pace, Marc Bulger and Steven Jackson in the starting lineup for the first time since Week 6. The combination has helped Jackson rush for 72 yards on 15 carries in the first half even though Bulger has shaky numbers so far. Improved play down the stretch with Pace, Bulger and Jackson in the lineup could give the Rams something to build around. We still don't have enough evidence to suggest Pace can stay healthy for a full season, though.

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