Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

DENVER - DECEMBER 24: Safety John Lynch #47 of the Denver Broncos attempts to tackle Jerry Porter #84 of the Oakland Raiders during the game on December 24, 2005 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos secured a bye week in the playoffs with a 22-3 win. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Each week, John Lynch breaks down a dynamic NFL offensive playmaker, devises a game plan and discusses a strategy for success. This week, Lynch examines the unique challenges the 49ers defense will face against quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Monday night's key matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers at Candlestick Park may hinge on what the medical staffs decide this week: What should the 49ers do with linebacker Patrick Willis, who missed the Week 14 loss at Arizona with a hamstring injury? Should San Francisco, which already has clinched the NFC West title and is focused on playoff positioning, rest its playmaking All-Pro another week? How effective will quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey -- both of whom are suffering from Grade 1 high ankle sprains -- be in this important contest? Each sustained the dreaded high ankle injuries in last week's victory over the Cleveland Browns, ...
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jerry Jones: I'm a big admirer of Robert Griffin III

Raiola fined for uneccesarily striking Pats' Zach Moore

Report: Michigan keeping Jim Hackett on as athletic director

LeBron James on Ferguson: 'Violence is not the answer'

Decision on Ray Rice's appeal could come Wednesday

Jaguars coach calls out Blake Bortles: ‘We expect more’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Jets prevented Ryan from talking about dad's health

Kobe Bryant on 3-11 Lakers: 'We're not a 3-11 team'

Matt Ryan defends beleaguered Falcons head coach Mike Smith

Bill Belichick on similarities between Brady, Rodgers: No. 12

Devon Still accused of not paying child support

Giants reportedly in talks with Max Scherzer, Chase Headley

Ole Miss' The Grove threatened by Mississippi State fan

Is it time for the Redskins to move on from Robert Griffin III?

Top 10 fantasy football turkeys for 2014

WATCH: Coyotes lose in ugly fashion, score own goal in OT

Golden State Warriors are having tons of fun on team plane

Jenn Sterger hints she'll be back in her FSU cowgirl gear for game

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Top storyline for each Week 13 NFL game

Floyd Mayweather throws shade at Manny Pacquiao on Instagram

10 greatest Thanksgiving Day games in NFL history

Derrick Rose leaves game with hamstring tightness

WATCH: Ty Lawson drops Kirk Hinrich to the floor

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Should Washington move on from RG3?

Dominic Raiola fined for cheap shots

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Pierce: C's Big Three like 'Holy Trinity'

Maclin unhappy with Cooper comments

Post-Week 13 CFB Playoff projection

What has Masai Ujiri built in Toronto?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.