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Surprising stat: As of week 3, the Niners have the best turnover ratio in the entire NFL

Have not seen it posted yet, so a little nugget of (at least for me) surprising information from Peter King:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/09/29/week.4/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t13_a3

Sorely tempted to pick the Niners, because I don't know how long Mike Vick is going to play, and the Niners are plus-six in turnover ratio, best in the league. Eagles had best be taking this one seriously.
  • kush
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Gotta love the respect!
That is why the niners are 2-1 and almost had a chance of 3-0. Otherwise with te anemic offense they would be 0-3 and visions of last year.
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Originally posted by WildBill:
That is why the niners are 2-1 and almost had a chance of 3-0. Otherwise with te anemic offense they would be 0-3 and visions of last year.

+1
  • TX9R
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Funny how bad you can get away with being when you do this one thing well.
Yes the offense has performed poorly. But it isn't turning the ball over, the defense is playing well, and special teams is becoming a strength, having already won one game for us this year. If we continue to lead the NFL in turnover ratio we will make the playoffs.
hard to turn the ball over when the RB's fall down at first contact and the QB doesn't throw further than 5 yards down the field.
damn, hate sounding like a negative Nancy....but there is a hidden turnover battle we do lose, more often than not.

not sustaining drives......sure its not as bad as giving up great field position to the opposing team, and it helps GREATLY that we have one of the best Punters in the league......but more often than not this is what will cause us to lose against good teams.....add to the fact that, God forbid, we have an INT here or fumble there, it will make a game THAT much harder for us to win.
Sorta weird that there's more fumbles from RB than INTs. We're a little lucky that we don't lose more fumbles, and the INTs haven't been from any tip balls.
Originally posted by Afrikan:
damn, hate sounding like a negative Nancy....but there is a hidden turnover battle we do lose, more often than not.

not sustaining drives......sure its not as bad as giving up great field position to the opposing team, and it helps GREATLY that we have one of the best Punters in the league......but more often than not this is what will cause us to lose against good teams.....add to the fact that, God forbid, we have an INT here or fumble there, it will make a game THAT much harder for us to win.

but we're positive in Time of Possession thru three games so there's that
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This is a key stat. Great teams win the TO bttle. I'm just worried we won't be able to keep it up, but if we do, we'll we a winning team.
Originally posted by boast:
Originally posted by Afrikan:
damn, hate sounding like a negative Nancy....but there is a hidden turnover battle we do lose, more often than not.

not sustaining drives......sure its not as bad as giving up great field position to the opposing team, and it helps GREATLY that we have one of the best Punters in the league......but more often than not this is what will cause us to lose against good teams.....add to the fact that, God forbid, we have an INT here or fumble there, it will make a game THAT much harder for us to win.

but we're positive in Time of Possession thru three games so there's that
so what is it?...is it that our Defense is playing great? that even though we keep punting the ball, we get the ball back?

or is it also that we are not playing good offenses....

that is the main thing I'm worried about. As soon as we play good teams, how long will it take Harbaugh to adjust to those types of teams....those types of situations.
Funny it took an offensive minded coach to be able to field the team Sing and Nolan always dreamed about.

Turnovers have a corrolation to fundamentals which has a corrolation to coaching. Harbaugh runs a tight ship and pays allot of attention to detail, inturn your seeing players playing smart and focused. Compared to inept Singletary where it was just one bad turnover after another from wreckless/stupid plays and habits that never got corrected.

It's a bit unreasonable to think our luck will continue to be THIS good... resulting in a +32 turnover ratio haha, but +15 at the end of the season seems pretty realistic... especially with the schedule after week 9.