Found September 19, 2013 on StraitPinkie.com:
There are a lot of factors in the 49ers Colts game that make this a must see matchup. I know that it is still early in the season, so I am not saying this is going to be a must win game for either team. With that said there are many storylines in this game. Here is a breakdown of a few of them. 1. Running Backs Trent Richardson! The trade between the Colts and the Brown is more embarrassing for the Browns than it is surprising. It is like Cleveland is already waving the white flag and packing this season in. Browns fans are still in mourning. Colts fans are excited at have a number one running back to compliment quarterback Andrew Luck. Yet this trade is somewhat suspect. A scout from the league spoke about the trade to CBSSports.com saying, “Weird trade by Indy. A first for an adequate back with injury issues? They could get that player next year in the mid to late rounds. Get an adequate dude for a later pick. Everyone has depth at that position.” Since the Colts lost Ballard for the season and needed more than just Ahmad Bradshaw in the backfield this trade does make sense for the Colts. They have their franchise quarterback in Luck and Richardson will be wanting to prove Cleveland wrong for trading him. Trent is fuming about this trade. He said the he found out from the radio that he was traded. “Yeah, I found out on the radio,” Richardson said during an interview with 19 Action News in Cleveland. “Actually, one of my friends called me. He was like, ‘You got traded?’ I was like, ‘Man, shut up talking to me. Get off my phone.’ I turned on the radio, and all of a sudden I heard, ‘Cleveland Browns running back has been traded to the Colts.’ It just hit me in my face like I can’t believe … I didn’t see it coming. I had good relations with everybody. I guess it’s the best for the Browns. At the end of the day, it’s the best move for both of us, I guess. I want to be a Brown. I didn’t see it coming, but at the same time, I’m a Colt now, so I got to move on get ready for Sunday’s game.” So that alone will fuel Trent’s performance on the field to show that he is a number one back. On the flipside, 49ers running Frank Gore ran for only 16 yards against the Seattle Seahawks. He will also want to bounce back from the lack luster performance on the field. I know that he will be fine. It is tough to play in Seattle, but I don’t think Gore is looking to make any excuses. 2. Colin Kaepernick Just like Frank Gore and the whole offense to be exact, Kap had a poor outing last Sunday night. He only threw for 127 yards. He threw a few interceptions, fumbled and got sacked. Colin looks to lead his team against a Colts defense that gave up 112 yards on the ground to Terrelle Pryor in Week 2. Kap would love to see that production from himself on the ground this Sunday. The Seahawks has always been the Achilles heel for Colin. Now he can forget about the Week 2 loss and look at playing a Colts team at home. 3. Pride Both teams have high hopes for making it deep into the playoffs this year. The 49ers almost won the Super Bowl. The Colts shocked a lot of naysayers by making it into the playoffs. Each team lost in Week 2. The Colts lost at home to the surprisingly good Miami Dolphins. The Colts game was a lot closer than the 49ers game last week, but that really doesn’t matter to the Colts. A loss is a loss. The 49ers are going to take out their frustrating loss on the Colts and I feel that is going to be the tipping point in this matchup. Even though Trent’s chip is pretty big, collectively the 49ers chip on their shoulders are gigantic. 4. Andrew Luck vs 49ers Defense I can’t want to see the number one overall draft pick of 2012 go against one of the NFL’s toughest defenses. On paper the 49ers D looks to dominate, but games are not played on paper. On the field Luck has a way of making things work. Last year he had 7 fourth quarter comebacks, which is a rookie record. The Colts will have a favorable matchup between Reggie Wayne and 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers. When Wayne plays out of the slot, Luck should be able to get the ball moving down the field. The Colts will need to get more out the entire team if they hope to beat the 49ers on their home turf. It will be a very intriguing matchup. I hope it lives up to the hype and we see a great game.    
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