The 49ers roster is littered with playmakers. Team photographer Terrell Lloyd and Kym Fortina were in New York to capture the 34-0 shutout victory over the Jets and collaborated to make this great photo gallery. Don’t forget to check out their “Biggie Head” gallery from Green Bay either.
San Francisco has jumped out to a 3-1 start in the competitve NFC West, where Arizona (4-1), St. Louis (3-2) and Seattle (2-2) have .500 records or better. Much of the 49ers’ success has to do with their offensive line, which has developed a strong rapport in its four games as a unit. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discusses the growth of the o-line and how they’ve improved since last year.
“Nobody is questioning the 49ers’ offensive line now,” Maiocco wrote. “In fact, the line might be the team’s strongest position on that side of the ball.”
Up next, the 49ers will have to try slow down Mario Williams and Buffalo’s defensive line, which is one of the best San Francisco will face all year. Tickets for Sunday’s 1:25 p.m. kickoff are still available through NFL Ticket Exchange. More stories about this weekend’s matchup can be found after the jump.
The 49ers would like to alert their Faithful Fans that the lower escalator at the Verizon gate will not be working on Sunday. This will affect fans sitting on the North Side of the stadium in even-numbered Lower Seating sections 26-44. The 49ers apologize for any inconvenience this may cause their Faithful Fans.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle also wrote about the improved offensive line. Branch: “The 49ers have invested in their front five – Staley, Davis and left guard Mike Iupati were top-28 overall picks – and they are now seeing healthy returns on those investments. Of course, those same pieces, along with center Jonathan Goodwin, were in place last year when the 49ers averaged 93.3 rushing yards in their first four games. What’s the difference? Staley cited a second year in San Francisco’s system for much of the improvement.”
Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com examined the challenge of trying to contain Bills defensive end Mario Williams. Bonagura: “RT Anthony Davis will get the lion’s share of the matchups against Williams when the Bills travel to Candlestick Park on Sunday, but there will be times where RG Alex Boone is assigned to Williams, especially when the Bills blitz from the edge.”
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee spoke to members of the 49ers who said there is another Williams on the Buffalo d-line worthy of attention. Barrows: “The 49ers, meanwhile, say a more anonymous Williams – Kyle – is the top defender on the Bills’ line. The defensive tackle, who will draw Boone and left guard Mike Iupati at different times Sunday, leads Buffalo with 3 ½ sacks.”
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group noted that Anthony Dixon has reason to root for the Oakland A’s during the Major League Baseball playoffs. Inman: “Running back Anthony Dixon’s brother, Rashun, just completed his fifth season as a Single-A outfielder in the A’s farm system, splitting time this year between the Stockton Ports and Burlington(Iowa) Bees.”
Barrows also discussed the baseball fever that has caught hold in the 49ers locker room. Barrows: “Baseball has been a hot topic in the 49ers’ locker room recently, and not only because the two Bay Area teams are among the hottest as the playoffs begin. Kyle Williams is the son of White Sox general manager Ken Williams, and the 49ers wideout is rarely seen without a Sox cap.”
Daniel Brown of the Bay Area News Group lauded the 49ers coaching staff for its ability to out-think the opposition. Brown: “But with Jim Harbaugh and his pair of savvy coordinators at the helm, the 49ers aren’t just outplaying teams during their 3-1 start. They’re also outsmarting them. The head coach who keeps a photo of Bill Walsh taped to his office computer has restored the art of the chess match on both sides of the ball.”
Inman reported that the Bills will take a page out of the 49ers book and stay on the West Coast between road games in San Francisco and Arizona. Inman: “The Bills (2-2) will fly west Saturday, play against the 49ers (3-1) on Sunday at Candlestick Park and then spend the week in Arizona before facing the Cardinals (4-1) on Oct. 14. Arizona State will serve as the Bills’ practice site next week.”
Scott Kegley and Taylor Price of 49ers.com break down key matchups in their latest Cover 2 presented by AAA. We also discussed Ray McDonald’s big role on the 49ers defense, Greg Roman’s play-calling and brought you press conferences from Roman and Vic Fangio.
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