The 49ers play the Dolphins Sunday at Candlestick. In the meantime, I’ll break down five key matchups.
Left Cornerback Sean Smith, RCB Nolan Carroll and NCB Jimmy Wilson vs. WR Michael Crabtree
None of the Dolphins top-three cornerbacks can cover Crabtree. Miami has the 26th ranked pass defense because those three cornerbacks are no good.
The Dolphins are probably going to play a soft two-deep zone like the Rams did. They’re going to try to force Colin Kaepernick to check it down.
That means Crabtree, a terrific underneath receiver, should get a lot of targets.