|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.8||1-2||2-1||26.7||13.7||272.3||(5)||2.7||18.3||9.3||321.3||(5.1)||3.0|
|Offense (All Games)||26.9||10.9||18.6||31:59||29-127||(4.4)||18-31||59.3%||189||(6.2)||60-316||(5.3)||(11.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.4||11.3||20.3||31:31||27-114||(4.2)||22-35||63.3%||236||(6.8)||62-350||(5.6)||(14.3)|
|Offense Road Games||34.0||11.0||19.0||32:55||30-140||(4.7)||18-29||61.2%||206||(7.1)||59-347||(5.9)||(10.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.8||7.6||17.3||28:01||22-93||(4.2)||23-38||58.8%||214||(5.6)||60-307||(5.1)||(20.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.7||10.5||20.4||31:30||26-104||(4)||23-37||61.9%||247||(6.8)||63-351||(5.6)||(16.2)|
|Defense Road Games||16.0||7.0||16.7||27:05||19-91||(4.8)||25-38||64.9%||227||(5.9)||58-318||(5.5)||(19.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.7||1.8||1.6||14-5||37.7%||1-0||42.9%||3-47||(17.5)||3-23||(8.9)||7-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.5||1.3||1.6||13-5||37.3%||1-0||50.7%||3-67||(23.8)||21-2||(9.5)||7-57|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.2||0.5||1.7||2.0||14-7||48.3%||1-0||50.0%||2-40||(23)||3-23||(7.7)||7-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||2.1||1.2||3.3|| ||13-4||31.6%||1-1||62.5%||3-54||(21.1)||1-6||(4.6)||4-38|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||39.2%||1-0||48.6%||3-59||(22.1)||19-2||(9.3)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||2.2||1.5||3.7|| ||12-4||31.2%||1-0||66.7%||3-70||(21.5)||0-4||(8)||5-45|
|Last 3 Games||2-0||+2||1-2||1-2||20.3||9.0||323.7||(6)||0.3||11.0||6.7||324.7||(5.1)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||23.7||10.0||21.3||31:57||30-170||(5.6)||19-27||69.1%||196||(7.2)||57-366||(6.4)||(15.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.5||10.8||20||30:29||27-119||(4.3)||21-34||60.8%||223||(6.5)||62-341||(5.5)||(15.2)|
|Offense Home Games||22.4||8.8||22.0||31:58||30-179||(6.1)||19-28||66.7%||208||(7.4)||58-388||(6.7)||(17.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.1||7.0||17.2||29:43||25-95||(3.7)||20-35||59.2%||197||(5.7)||60-292||(4.9)||(20.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.9||10.9||19.6||30:13||27-116||(4.3)||21-34||61.4%||221||(6.4)||61-337||(5.5)||(15.4)|
|Defense Home Games||15.6||7.8||16.8||31:02||30-123||(4.2)||17-30||58.0%||187||(6.2)||60-310||(5.2)||(19.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.4||1.0||0.4||11-4||35.6%||1-0||66.7%||3-76||(25.4)||3-32||(12.4)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.9||13-5||39.5%||1-0||53.9%||3-67||(24.5)||23-2||(10.4)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.8||0.4||1.2||-0.2||12-4||34.5%||1-1||60.0%||4-81||(20.2)||2-28||(12.9)||6-51|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.8||1.4|| ||14-5||33.3%||1-1||60.0%||2-61||(28.8)||2-17||(9.6)||6-43|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||36.4%||1-1||56.0%||2-62||(25)||21-2||(10)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.6||0.4||1.0|| ||14-5||34.8%||1-1||75.0%||2-66||(29.8)||2-12||(6.6)||6-44|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 18.1, SAN FRANCISCO 19.9|
|11/19/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
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|12/16/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/30/2012||@ NY JETS||34-0||W||-3.5||W||41||U||44-245||12-22-134||0||17-45||14-30-100||4|
|11/19/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Mike Tice coached the offensive line for the past two years, so there will be few changes to the running game. They figure to skew as run-heavy as they did under Mike Martz last year (46.6 percent rush percentage, seventh-highest in the NFL). Tice's scheme involves a lot of stuff outside the tackles, then a healthy mix of inside zone plays. Assuming he's signed, Matt Forte figures to have only a slightly lesser workload than a year ago, when he played about 70 percent of the reps. Michael Bush should take closer to 35-40 percent of reps, and he could end up stealing short-yardage duties as well. The Bears often struggled to get a push in a short field last year, so it's no guarantee they'll stay run-heavy in the red zone. The Bears' passing game will look different. They brought in Jeremy Bates, who was close with Jay Cutler in Denver, as quarterbacks coach. Rather than the anticipatory throws required in Martz's offense, Cutler will be hitting big receivers facing him. Brandon Marshall is reunited with Cutler and should see a heavy majority of passes. Rookie Alshon Jeffery is expected to start and, despite his questionable long speed, will probably be asked to stretch the field a bit more. They'll go three-wide with Earl Bennett playing the slot often. The tight ends will be used more than they were in Martz's offense, especially Kellen Davis. The star of the defense is Julius Peppers, who still dominated in all facets in 2011 despite playing through a knee injury. He sees a lot of double teams playing on an otherwise mediocre defensive line whose only other notable player is Israel Idonije. After years as a backup, Idonije worked hard to become a starter in 2010 and has had two strong seasons. Linebacker Brian Urlacher is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, but he's also coming off a major knee sprain that could linger at least into training camp. Lance Briggs looked half a step slow last year, failing to record double-digit total tackles in a game even once after Week 3. Charles Tillman is outstanding in run support, not so much in coverage, where he's undersized and was targeted an NFL-high 117 times last year. He's involved in as many plays as anyone on this defense. Special teams is where Chicago continues to excel, largely because of the reliable right leg of kicker Robbie Gould and superstar Devin Hester, the best return man in NFL history. |
|SAN FRANCISCO: Despite adding firepower to their receiving corps, the Niners offense will still be based on the power running game. Their scheme is almost exclusively man blocking and almost all between the tackles. Due to the presence of youngsters Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, they're unlikely to run Frank Gore into the ground like they have in recent seasons. Assuming he beats out veteran Brandon Jacobs, Hunter is more of a traditional back-up, while James will be the change-of-pace back and should see a lot of his reps on passing downs. There's a good chance Jacobs will earn short-yardage duties. The Niners are also very run-heavy in the red zone, with Gore serving as the team's main option in goal-to-go situations. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have built a passing game that will work for quarterback Alex Smith. Most often Michael Crabtree is the first option, as they can get him isolated on the outside. Vernon Davis came on strong late once he picked up the offense, and he'll be used deeper down the middle of the field. Randy Moss will likely step into Braylon Edwards' seldom-used deep threat role. When they go three-wide, which is often, Mario Manningham will play the outside with Crabtree sliding into a slot. Crabtree is Smith's most frequent target in the red zone because of the attention Davis draws. The 49ers will, however, often force it to Davis in the middle of the field. The 49ers' defense is the complete package, with the league's best linebackers, a disruptive front four and an improving secondary. Justin Smith is arguably the NFL's most effective 3-4 DE'he's one of the best in the league at stopping the run and also has more pass-rushing ability than your average two-gap end, with 29.5 sacks over the past four seasons. The Niners' defensive scheme funnels ball carriers to Patrick Willis, which is why he consistently racks up more than 100 solo tackles per season. (He was on pace for 110 in 2011 before suffering a hamstring injury in Week 13.) Picking up the slack in Willis' absence was NaVorro Bowman, who was excellent in his first season as a starter. San Francisco also boasts an exceptional return game with speedy Ted Ginn Jr. one of those guys who's a threat to bring any returnable kick to the house. Ginn was obviously sorely missed in the NFC Championship Game, when ill-timed fumbles by second-string return man Kyle Williams essentially cost the 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (CHICAGO-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Smith's status still uncertain)
*Bears-49ers Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
The San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears are two of the top teams in the NFC, but that's with their respective starting quarterbacks.
Concussions have made at least one unavailable for Monday night's matchup at Candlestick Park between two of the league's toughest defenses.
With Jay Cutler out, the Bears will turn to Jason Campbell against a 49ers team that may end up starting backup Colin Kaepernick if Alex Smith can't go.
San Francisco (6-2-1) and Chicago (7-2) lead the NFC West and North, respectively, and seem destined for the playoffs. The 49ers are hoping to go one step further this time and reach the Super Bowl, while the Bears were stopped one game short the previous season.
Those aspirations have been dealt a few major blows, specifically to the heads of Smith and Cutler.
Smith was hit hard twice in last week's 24-all tie with St. Louis, leaving the game in the second quarter after overcoming blurred vision to throw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree.
Smith practiced again on Saturday, however his availability is still uncertain. He still hasn't been cleared to play by doctors, and the 49ers might not get a final verdict on his status until hours before Monday's game.
"Alex is still going through the protocol right now," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Saturday. "And that's in the doctor's hands. When we know, you will probably know."
The Bears believe Cutler's brain trauma came on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Houston's Tim Dobbins late in the first half of last Sunday's 13-6 loss. Dobbins was fined $30,000 earlier this week.
Chicago announced Friday that Cutler wouldn't play this week, meaning Campbell is slated to start.
The Bears brought in Campbell in the offseason just for a situation like this after Cutler broke his right thumb late last season and Chicago went 1-5 without him to miss the playoffs.
Campbell completed 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards in relief last week, his first extensive playing time since a road win over the Texans with Oakland in Week 5 of last year. He's started 70 games over the past six seasons, and has 70 touchdowns compared to 50 interceptions.
"He's comfortable in the pocket, comfortable calling the plays," center Roberto Garza said. "Look at his track record. That speaks for itself. There's a reason why he's here, and there's a reason why he's in the situation he's in.
"He probably should be starting somewhere. He's that type of player. Unfortunately, we're in this situation, but he's gonna step in there."
Campbell has completed 51.0 percent of his passes for 239 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in two meetings with the Niners, both resulting in losses at San Francisco with Washington and the Raiders.
While Chicago may be turning to a veteran backup, the 49ers may be giving Kaepernick his first start.
A second-round pick out of Nevada in the 2011 draft, Kaepernick's most extensive action came after Smith went out last week. He went 11 for 17 for 117 yards, while rushing eight times for 66 yards and a touchdown.
He is approaching as if he will start against the Bears - the same way he prepares every week.
"Same reps as always. Nothing really changes," Kaepernick said. "I've always been out there preparing myself to start."
Kaepernick's running ability gives San Francisco a different dimension than Smith offers, but the Bears' defense is fifth in the NFL, and excellent against the run, allowing 92.3 yards per game.
Overall, Chicago gives up an average of 307.3 yards, and the unit leads the league with 30 turnovers and 19 interceptions. The Bears picked off Houston's Matt Schaub twice last week and held the Texans to a season-low 215 yards.
The Niners' Frank Gore will try to continue his success against the Bears. He's totaled 215 yards and a touchdown on 37 rushes while the teams have split the last two meetings.
San Francisco took the most recent matchup 10-6 at home on Nov. 12, 2009, when Smith and Cutler faced off on national television.
Another defensive struggle is likely since the 49ers are also among the best in the NFL, ranking third while allowing 292.1 yards per game - 196.8 through the air.
They've also shown the ability to get to the quarterback, getting eight of their 17 sacks in the past three games.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:45:54 PM EST|