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Jets vs 49ers: 6 questions with Niner Noise of FanSided

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Dec 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) carries the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) carries the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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We here at The Jet Press had an opportunity to sit with Douglas Totten of Niner Noise to discuss the Week 14 Jets vs 49ers matchup.

For the upcoming Jets vs 49ers game, it’s easily one of those matchups that could really go either way. Both teams are desperately looking for a win and will do anything it takes to leave this game victorious. One could flip a coin to determine the final outcome since both teams are underperforming and playing some of the worst football you’ll see this season.

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I was fortunate enough to sit with Douglas Totten over at NinerNoise.com to discuss the many angles heading into this game. Take a look at our sit-down below.

1). For the Jets to beat the 49ers, what would be the best gameplan to launch?

The best game plan is pretty simple: stop the 49ers ground game, contain Kaepernick, and feed Matt Forte on the ground. The 49ers run defense has been awful this season, so while Forte may only be a shadow of his former self, a matchup against the 49ers could easily see him gain 100+ yards. Defensively, the Jets need to contain Kaepernick and not give up a big play through the air — or, more likely, the ground. Kaepernick’s passing has been, to be generous, less than stellar. If the Jets can apply pressure and force Kaepernick to throw quickly, they will likely force a couple of turnovers and have a good shot at winning the game.

2). How does Niners Nation feel about Chip Kelly so far this season?

The feelings amongst the 49ers fans are mixed. Niners fans are not happy with the job Chip Kelly has done this season — how could you be? On the other hand, however, Kelly has had so little to work with on the roster. Most fans place the blame higher up, on Jed York and, in particular, Trent Baalke. After all, it was Baalke who York chose over Harbaugh. Everyone has seen how that has turned out.

3). What is the top reason this season has been as bad as it has been for the 49ers?

Narrowing this down to one reason is a little tough. Numerous things have gone wrong, from a poor roster to injuries, to questionable coaching decisions. In my opinion, the biggest reason for the 49ers failures this season is a lack of identity on either side of the ball. Yes, personnel plays a role in this, as the 49ers are not really good at any facet of the game (Phil Dawson’s kicking excepted). Without anything to hang their hat on or something to point to and say “This is who we are,” the team cannot really form a cohesive unit.

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4). What team makes the most sense that will end up landing quarterback Colin Kaepernick should he opt out of his contract?

For better or for worse, I think the team that makes the most sense is San Francisco. Relations between the team and Kaepernick have improved this season, and despite Kap’s questionable play, there is no “sure option” in the draft. On the flip side, I think Kaepernick’s options in free agency will be more limited than he expects. His best deal may be to come back to San Francisco.

Any other quarterback-needy team is in play, however — perhaps even your Jets.

5). Was last week’s Monday Night Football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Jets one of the worst you’ve ever seen in primetime football?

I’ll make this short and simple: It was so bad I turned it off halfway through. Definitely, one of the worst I’ve seen in primetime football, at least one of the most lopsided.

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6). Final score and MVP?

Against my better judgment, I’m going to pick the 49ers in this one. San Francisco will win 16-10. Vance McDonald will be the MVP of the game with a big touchdown catch that ends up being the difference.

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