It’s already Week 8 of the 2012 season and identities of the NFL’s 32 clubs are taking shape. Through their first seven games, the 49ers have featured one of the league’s best rushing attacks, ranking first in yards per carry (5.9) and second in yards per game (176.6).
Frank Gore (103 carries) and Kendall Hunter (50 attempts) have carried the load for the 49ers so far this season, totaling 859 rushing yards as a tandem already. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee also noted that Gore (5.8 yards per carry) and Hunter (5.2) are the only duo to average better than five yards per carry this year.
“Gore, 29, trails only Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller ,a change-of-pace back who has sprinter’s speed, in averaging 5.8 yards per carry,” Barrows wrote. “He’s on pace for 1,374 yards this season, which would be his best output since he ran for 1,695 yards in 2006.”
Today’s Morning Tailgate looks at the challenge the Arizona run defense imposes, Eddie DeBartolo’s upcoming profile on the NFL Network and more.
Dan Arkush of ProFootballWeekly.com discussed the upcoming matchup between the 49ers rushing attack and Arizona’s defense.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group passed along comments from Jim Harbaugh, who called the 49ers’ victory over Seattle one of the best games he’s seen in years.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com previewed the NFL Network’s Football Life: Eddie DeBartolo. A profile of the landmark 49ers owner who presided over all five of the franchise’s Super Bowl teams will be shown at 5 p.m. PT on NFL Network tonight.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James about their rookie experiences with the 49ers so far.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com takes a look at the upcoming NFC West showdown between the 49ers and Cardinals.
49ers.com’s daily coverage included a stories on Andy Lee’s Special Teams Player of the Week Award, the hiring of Cipora Herman to be the 49ers CFO, an update with LaMichael James and Pro Bowl voting.
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