|Last 3 Games||2-0||+2||2-1||3-0||29.0||13.7||357.0||(6.4)||0.7||17.3||9.3||297.0||(4.7)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||25.1||11.3||20.7||31:35||30-163||(5.4)||18-26||68.7%||202||(7.6)||57-366||(6.4)||(14.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.7||11.6||20.2||31:31||28-121||(4.4)||21-35||60.8%||229||(6.6)||62-350||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Offense Road Games||26.4||12.0||20.0||31:34||31-155||(5)||18-25||70.9%||190||(7.5)||57-346||(6.1)||(13.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.1||7.0||16.9||29:47||25-91||(3.6)||20-34||59.9%||187||(5.5)||59-278||(4.7)||(19.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.6||11.4||19.6||30:11||27-115||(4.3)||21-35||61.1%||225||(6.5)||62-340||(5.5)||(15.1)|
|Defense Road Games||14.0||7.6||18.0||28:26||20-60||(3)||25-40||60.9%||213||(5.3)||61-274||(4.5)||(19.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.5||1.0||0.5||11-4||36.5%||1-0||66.7%||3-70||(24.9)||3-29||(10.9)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2.1||13-5||39.3%||1-0||53.2%||3-65||(23.7)||21-2||(10)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.4||0.6||1.0||1.0||11-4||39.3%||0-0||100.0%||2-61||(37.9)||3-31||(11.1)||8-68|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-4||32.2%||1-1||50.0%||3-75||(28.3)||2-14||(7.9)||6-45|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||37.5%||1-0||52.2%||3-65||(24.7)||20-2||(9.5)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0|| ||13-4||30.8%||2-1||44.4%||3-74||(28.3)||2-20||(12.2)||5-44|
|Last 3 Games||1-1||-0.6||2-1||3-0||22.7||11.7||368.7||(5.7)||1.7||22.7||12.3||335.0||(5.1)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||18.6||9.9||17.4||30:04||27-118||(4.4)||19-32||60.3%||213||(6.6)||59-331||(5.6)||(17.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21||10.4||19.3||30:04||26-109||(4.2)||21-36||59.3%||230||(6.5)||62-340||(5.5)||(16.2)|
|Offense Home Games||20.0||10.4||16.8||28:14||26-112||(4.4)||19-33||57.0%||211||(6.4)||59-323||(5.5)||(16.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.1||12.4||21.3||31:18||27-110||(4)||23-35||66.0%||231||(6.6)||62-341||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.2||11.5||20.4||31:45||28-119||(4.2)||21-34||61.6%||224||(6.6)||62-343||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||20.2||10.8||19.2||31:46||29-119||(4)||22-32||68.5%||214||(6.6)||62-333||(5.4)||(16.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.5||1.5||-0.3||13-4||34.0%||2-1||58.8%||2-51||(21.4)||2-15||(6.2)||8-62|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||0.8||1.9||2.1||14-5||37.8%||1-0||55.1%||3-65||(23.7)||19-2||(8.9)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||-0.8||13-5||37.9%||2-1||55.6%||2-53||(24.3)||2-17||(9.2)||6-43|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.1||1.2|| ||13-5||38.0%||1-0||50.0%||2-51||(24.6)||3-29||(10.8)||6-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||37.4%||1-0||48.3%||2-59||(24.3)||24-2||(9.7)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.8||0.2||1.0|| ||14-6||40.8%||1-0||0.0%||1-37||(26.7)||2-25||(10.3)||5-47|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN FRANCISCO 20.5, ST LOUIS 22.1|
|11/25/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS||31-21||W||-3||W||50||O||31-144||16-25-231||2||21-59||26-41-231||2|
|12/2/2012||@ ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||24-24||T||13.5||W||37.5||O||37-159||28-41-299||1||34-183||18-25-158||0|
|12/2/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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. |
|ST LOUIS: New offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer comes from the Jets, where he often abandoned the run and prefers to get cute with a lot of play-action trickery. New offensive line coach Paul Boudreau figures to keep transitioning to more man blocking, a transition they started in 2011 with little success. Steven Jackson will still be relied on heavily as long as he remains healthy; rookie Isaiah Pead will be more of a return specialist and straight backup as Jackson's heir. Jackson will continue to take third down reps, and he figures to stay on the field to handle red zone carries. There's a lot of crossing and dragging in Schottenheimer's complicated offense, which is one that could be tough for the Rams' young WRs to pick up. Rookie Brian Quick and slot guys Danny Amendola and TE Lance Kendricks are likely the biggest beneficiaries from a targets standpoint, while outside guys like Chris Givens and Austin Pettis figure to see fewer balls. Quick is the guy St. Louis is counting on to be quarterback Sam Bradford's go-to receiver. While Quick's skills are certainly impressive, he's got a big adjustment to make coming from Appalachian State's spread offense. Schottenheimer always got pass-happy in the red zone, frequently using play-action even before he had a goal line weapon in Plaxico Burress in 2011. Only three teams forced fewer turnovers than the Rams did in 2011, and their horrible offense helped contribute to the rise in points and yards allowed. St. Louis did improve in the offseason with the signings of CB Cortland Finnegan and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, but those two guys aren't enough to make this an above-average unit. Chris Long's switch to left end after Leonard Little retired paid immediate dividends in 2010, and he then had a career-high 13 sacks last season with then-rookie RDE Robert Quinn drawing attention to the opposite side. James Laurinaitis has more tackles than any NFL player over the past three seasons, and he has yet to miss a game in his career. The question is whether he'll be as productive in what's expected to be a more aggressive scheme under new head coach Jeff Fisher. Meanwhile, the team seems ready to go into the season without a defensive coordinator'the coordinator work has been handled at various times over the past few months by assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, secondary coach Chuck Cecil and linebackers coach Blake Williams, the son of suspended Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was exiled indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. |
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*49ers-Rams Preview* ====================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
When Alex Smith left the game after sustaining a hit against the St. Louis Rams three weeks ago, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh believed Colin Kaepernick could get the job done.
Harbaugh feels the same when Smith is healthy, too.
Kaepernick looks to help extend San Francisco's unbeaten streak to six while making his third consecutive start Sunday at St. Louis.
Smith suffered a concussion while scrambling in the second quarter against the Rams on Nov. 11, but he remained in the game and led a touchdown drive before heading to the locker room.
Kaepernick finished that game and went 11 for 17 for 117 yards while adding 66 yards and a touchdown rushing as the teams played to a 24-all tie. Smith was forced to sit out a 32-7 victory over Chicago the next Monday night, and Kaepernick shined again.
He went 16 for 23 for 243 yards and two touchdowns, earning another start against New Orleans last Sunday despite Smith being cleared to play.
Kaepernick finished 16 of 25 with a TD pass while rushing for another score in a 31-21 win. Since replacing Smith against St. Louis, Kaepernick has a 104.1 passer rating while tossing three touchdowns and running for two more.
Those numbers are enough for Harbaugh to give the second-year pro another start, something Kaepernick appreciates.
"I don't know if it's a hot hand. Whatever you want to call it. I'm just happy I get to go back out there," Kaepernick said. "It's a great chance to lead this team and show we're a great team and we can go into the playoffs."
Harbaugh contends, though, Smith did not necessarily lose his job. Kaepernick simply has been playing well enough to deserve another shot.
"Both deserve it," Harbaugh said. "Alex over a long period of time, Colin by virtue of the last two games. What tips the scales is Colin we believe has the hot hand, and we'll go with Colin. And we'll go with Alex. Both are our guys."
Frank Gore, who ran for 83 yards and caught a 6-yard TD pass from Kaepernick last week, believes the 49ers (8-2-1) are in good hands no matter who is under center.
Gore has scored seven touchdowns as San Francisco has won four of five road meetings with the Rams.
"We've got two quarterbacks, and looking around the league a lot of teams can't say that," Gore said. "Alex won a lot of games. Kap has won the last two games.
"You're just going to be behind whoever coach says is the starting quarterback."
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has the luxury of seeing Kaepernick first-hand, unlike San Francisco's previous two opponents.
"When he's in the game, you have to be ready for a slightly different offense," Fisher said.
St. Louis (4-6-1) will be looking to build off a 31-17 road win over Arizona last week that ended a five-game winless streak. It forced a season-best four turnovers after not forcing any during its winless run.
"This game is really going to tell us who we are as a team," Fisher said. "They're the team to beat in our division. We got close but didn't get it done the first time, so it should be a good challenge for us."
Top wide receiver Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 102 yards in the first meeting with the 49ers, but he played only seven snaps last week and caught a 38-yard pass from Sam Bradford while being limited due to a heel injury.
He hopes to play this week.
"I guess we'll see," Amendola said. "It's getting better each and every day, so it's just a matter of how I feel at the end of the week."
Rookie Chris Givens filled in nicely last week, finishing with career highs of five catches and 115 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown.
"I don't think there is a ceiling for him, I think he can be as good as he wants to be," Bradford said. "He can stretch a defense. We can also throw him a quick screen pass and he can turn that into a big play, too."
Steven Jackson rushed for 101 yards and a score against the 49ers in the first meeting and is coming off a season-best 139-yard performance against Arizona, helping St. Louis run for a season-high 173.
"He took over," Bradford said. "I have seen it before. He gets that look in his eye and he is not going to be stopped."
The 49ers, though, have allowed only 144 rushing yards over their last two games and rank fourth in the NFL, giving up 91.1 per contest.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 1:49:55 AM EST|