Alex Smith remains the topic of conversation this week as the 49ers prepare for a Week 6 home contest against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Smith enters Sunday’s matchup against the New York Giants with the best quarterback rating in the NFL (108.7). He’s also won 18 of his last 22 starts.
“Smith was about as effective as a quarterback could be during the 49ers’ 45-3 victory over Buffalo,” wrote the NFC West blogger. “He threw scoring passes to three different wide receivers. He scrambled for 49 yards on three plays. He beat the Bills with passes traveling, on average, 9.7 yards past the line of scrimmage. That was the fifth-longest average for a starting quarterback in Week 5.
“The four with longer averages combined to complete 52.6 percent of their passes. Smith completed 75 percent. He leads the NFL in passer rating and Total QBR this season. He also leads the league in victories by a starting QB since the start of last season (17).”
ESPN.com’s football writers have the 49ers at the No. 3 spot in the recently released league power rankings.
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks examined San Francisco’s success at running the football. Brooks: “Though the rest of the NFL is emphasizing passing, the 49ers have pushed their way to the top with an old-school approach that relies on a power running game. San Francisco, which leads the league in rushing yards per game (195.8) and yards per attempt (6.1), pummels opponents with an assortment of hard-hitting inside runs from a myriad of run-heavy formations that wear down the interior of the defense. Frank Gore spearheads the attack with a relentless running style that combines physicality and toughness with speed, quickness and vision. He explodes through holes at the point of attack and has the patience and awareness to pick up positive yardage when lanes are clogged. Gore’s persistence typically produces huge gains in the second half, after opponents have grown weary of banging into the 49ers‘ big, imposing offensive line.”
NFL.com’s Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel had center Jonathan Goodwin as a guest on their latest Double Coverage podcast.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News looks at the 49ers motivation heading into a NFC title game rematch.
SI.com’s Kerry J. Byrne examined the 49ers loaded statistics following a Week 5 win over Buffalo. Byrne: “The 49ers are deadly right now on both sides of the ball. They combine the league’s best defense with an offense that possesses a very rare combination of high efficiency in the passing game and historic explosiveness on the ground.”
49ers.com’s daily coverage included a look at the team’s mindset on this week’s marquee game, a blog on Chris Culliver’s development and coverage on Ronnie Lott’s 49ers Hall of Fame blazer presentation ceremony.
Also, make sure to check out this week’s Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival where 49ers HOF quarterback Steve Young will serve as parade Grand Marshall. The 49ers merchandise tent will be set up both days.
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