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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 10

Posted by Taylor Price on October 10, 2012 – 11:01 AM

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.

Not only is Smith nominated for this week’s FedEx Air Player of the Week, but the 49ers quarterback ranks No. 4 on ESPN.com’s Mike Sando’s MVP Watch.

“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.



49ers players were cheered on at last night’s WWE show in San Jose.

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25 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 10”

  1. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    thats 2 posts that didnt go through

  2. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    4 posts in a row,,,,,poof,,,,

  3. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply


  4. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    I give up

  5. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11 years with alex,,,I see your finger,,,and raise you one of my own,,,the middle one,,,

  6. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply


  7. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    post more than a few sentences on here today

  8. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply


  9. By bojo49ers on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    i believe alex is o.k…..and so are the whole team for sunday’s game, let me say this again we will be alright.. i’m pretty confident will walk away w/ a victory here..

  10. By bojo49ers on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    we have to settle w/ some unfinish business , will punch them in the mouth w/ are running game, i’m not worried about our defense , heck, i sense they’ll score a touch down, 2 for alex …..special team will finish it…….

  11. By garygolfer on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    the vegas line has dropped a point since monday. i wonder if it could be concern for AS finger??

  12. By 9erdog on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Alex says his finger is okay, but he won’t admit to anything! The guys a trooper ….. hope its okay, I’m sending good karma his way!

  13. By 9erdog on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    wonder how come J-11 doesn’t seem to have trouble posting?
    Rather read 49erD’s post then J-11 . . . . . . I’m just saying!

  14. By bojo49ers on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    well, u gave have a reason to wake up fr. the grave,you’ll be seeing his post anytime soon now, that guy is unbelievable complete denial big time or his sick??

  15. By abrahamer on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    ok folks news flash we already know we can BEAT THE GIANTS, we just have to not beat ourselves, and they won the sb we are that good now, LETS GO DO THIS, BEAT THE GIANTS !!!

  16. By abrahamer on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    i cant wait till we clown another new york team, i dont even think this game is gonna be close, and if it is good, we are gonna still gonna win, you cant beat this team, and believe we will be fired up for the gaints, goooooooo niners !!!!

  17. By ninerfanfromtonga on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    I am confident that the Niners will beat the Giants on Sunday. They will hit Eli and hit him often. He’s a real tough guy but he will not believe the kind of hits he will get this Sunday. I just hope he’s still in one piece come the end of the game…lol.

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo Niners!!!

  18. By highflight49ers on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    “Harbough’s 49ers Battalion”
    “Roman’s Commandos”
    Capt. A Smith, Capt. F Gore’s
    “The Argonauts”

    “Fangio’s Marauders”
    Capt. P Willis, Capt. J Smith’s
    “The Claim Jumpers”

    “Seely’s Strike Force”
    D R Akers
    “The Tony Montana Squad”
    A P Lee
    “The Rough & Ready Squad”
    T Ginn, K Williams, K Hunter
    “The Gold Fever Squad”

    GO NINERS OORAH !!!!!!!

  19. By rjdniner on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Even though this game is important, the game on Thursday night is the first step in getting use into the playoffs. And I got this feeling that Jacobs may not go this Sunday does anybody have anything different to add ,we need him for Thursday ,s game

  20. By bojo49ers on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    i rather prepare jacob play this sunday, so he can get the hang of it of the game , he has’nt play the regular season yet..+ its the giant were playing, big deal across the board who’s ever is involve, then come thursday its smooth sailing for him, my opinion….

  21. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    jacobs voiced his displeasure earlier today on csnbayarea, he says he has been ready to play for 2 weeks now and wants to ” get in the action ” im pretty sure he and mario manningham will be a big part of this weeks game plan

  22. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    first off my posts go through because they have substance …second i am actually the web guy and am crashing your posts because you are wrong

  23. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    lol just stiring the pot ….big game just as big as packer game if alex comes out flat again …and no excuses for the finger he either can play or not no excuses ….then expect a lackluster offense and even more lackluster alex ….i hope he can muster enough to at least make an effort and let the defense bail him out again ….nice last 2 games overall ….alex did look pretty good but as we all know he falls flat just as nuch as he looks good

  24. By rjdniner on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Am sure that we all played football at some level and you think you can go after a leg or arm injury we, v all been through it, hopefully he get some playing time a couple of series, red zone maybe . Jim is looking at the BIG picture some of you will understand what that means ….. GO 49ER, S

  25. By rjdniner on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    in case you did,t know am talking about JACOBES

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