The 49ers have turned the page from last week’s impressive 34-0 road victory against the New York Jets and have focused their attention to the Buffalo Bills for Week 5. Despite giving up 45 points in the second half of last week’s 52-28 loss to the Patriots, the Bills are stacked with talent at all three levels of defense. Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle described the dangerous Bills team which is looking to rebound from last week’s tough loss.
“Head coach Jim Harbaugh said the Bills were ‘statistically a very good football team’ with a ‘solid’ defense that features the ‘best defensive line’ the 49ers have faced this season,” Branch wrote. “Not to be outdone, quarterback Alex Smith insisted Buffalo was ‘extremely talented on the defensive side of the ball, across the board.'”
The rest of the today’s Morning Tailgate takes a look at Buffalo’s front four, the problem Colin Kaepernick poses the Bills, Willie Mays’ visit to team headquarters and more.
Mindi Bach of CSNBayArea.com details Buffalo’s vaunted defensive front led by Mario Williams. Bach: “There is no denying the size and talent among Buffalo’s front four. The Bill’s starting defensive line is responsible for eight of the team’s 10 sacks. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams leads the bunch with 3.5. But the 49ers are getting familiar with all of them.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com broke down the game film from last week’s win and praised the 49ers offensive line. Maiocco: “The thing that stood out the most after re-watching the 49ers’ offense was how well the offensive line played. The 49ers gained 249 yards rushing on 42 attempts (5.9-yard average) before the two kneeldowns at the end. And the pocket remained mostly clean for Alex Smith, as well as Colin Kaepernick on his one deep pass attempt.”
Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com shared the story of a 1992 game between the 49ers and the Bills that remains as the only game in NFL history that didn’t feature a punt. Bonagura: “San Francisco quarterback Steve Young threw for 449 yards and ran for 50, Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly threw for 403 yards and Rathman scored a touchdown, but the Bills’ 34-31 win is best remembered as something else: The only game in NFL history without a punt.”
Lindsay Wershaw of the Cornell Daily Sun wrote about Cornell students who have a chance to help design a pub for the new Santa Clara Stadium. “The stadium’s chief design officer, John Sergi ’89, helped co-teach the class and served as one of the judges. Other judges included Gideon Yu, president and co-owner of the 49ers; Greg Fender, senior vice president of sports for Centerplate, the company run by Sergi; and Scott Capstack, the architect for the new stadium.”
Matt Bowen of National Football Post used coaches’ film to break down Kaepernick’s touchdown run in the Meadowlands. Bowen: “when you run the ball with the QB, the offense picks up an extra blocker in the scheme. Smart call here from Harbaugh and an excellent use of personnel.”
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee spoke to college coaches who faced Kaepernick in college. Barrows: “Kaepernick, who rushed for 4,112 yards in four seasons at Nevada, is causing similar headaches in the NFL.”
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group noted the difficulty of posting back-to-back shutouts on defense. Inman: “The only times (the 49ers have) won back-to-back games in shutout fashion were in 1961 under coach Red Hickey (49-0 at the Lions, 35-0 vs. the Rams) and in 1974 under coach Dick Nolan (34-0 at the Bears, 27-0 vs. the Falcons).”
Maiocco wrote about baseball legend Willie Mays visiting 49ers headquarters. Maiocco: “Baseball was the topic of the day because of a visitor scheduled to attend 49ers practice later in the day: Hall of Famer and sporting icon Willie Mays, generally considered the greatest living ballplayer.”
Maiocco also examined the depth of the 49ers at their skill positions. Maiocco: “If you’re 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, all of this is not a nice problem to have. Why? Because he does not consider it a problem at all.”
Inman wrote about Patrick Willis being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Inman: “Willis is also the face of a defense that ranks third in yards allowed per game (277.3) and fifth against both the run (79.5 ypg) and pass (197.8). Willis’ only other player-of-the-week honor came last season when he produced 18 tackles and recovered a fumble in an Oct. 9 rout of Tampa Bay.”
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