It might be wrong to infer from less than 25% of the season, but here are some numbers related to LOS play
Eagles O vs. 49ers D
Eagles yards gained per carry: 5.4 (4th)
49ers yards allowed per carry: 2.9 (1st)
The proverbial irresistible force vs immovable object match up. Our run D must remain stout for any serious chance.
Eagles sacks allowed: 5 (7th)
49ers sacks: 7 (15th)
We need to harass Vick and contain him from breaking the pocket. The speed of Willis and Bowman will help a lot. With five of our seven sacks coming against Seattle we'll find out legit our pass rush is in the next few games.
Eagles D vs. 49ers O
49ers yards gained per carry: 2.5 (30th)
Eagles yards allowed per carry: 4.9 (29th)
We have one of the worst offenses in the league and the numbers make it clear. But this match up presents an opportunity to slow down the Eagles #2 rated pass rush. Philly's been getting gashed for nearly 5 yards per carry. If the o-line can get it's act together enough to get somewhere close to 100 yards rushing we should be able to hang close and keep Alex Smith's head on his shoulders.
49ers sacks allowed: 11 (27th)
Eagles sacks: 12 (2nd)
Far and away our worst match-up up front. Our o-line has just been getting abused by opposing front sevens and it has to stop if this team is going to go anywhere. One I thing I did notice about these sack #'s is that Philly racked theirs up against three of the worst pass protecting teams (29th, 30th & 26th) up to this point . . . so they should feel right at home against us. Hopefully our o-line swells up in pass protection this week.
The stat that gives me some legitimate hope for Sunday is turnover ratio. We're plus 6 which is #1 in the league. Philly is minus 4 which is 28th in the league. If that holds form we'll be there in the 4th quarter with a punchers chance.
[ Edited by SonocoNinerFan on Sep 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM ]