Nice to be back in the win column. ;-)
1) Alex Smith running tally: Stats after Eagles game in 2010. Now a complete 32 games or 2 full seasons worth of games. 32 Games, 883 Att, 558 Comp, 6406 Yards, 42 Tds, 13 INTs, 94.69 QB Rating. Alex came through on the TD drive, but he still had a rough night. As fun as it would be to just rip him a new one, I think we need to give some credit here to Seattle. They were BLANKETING the WRs out there. Seattle has a very, very good secondary. You could see Alex just shaking his head because nobody was shaking free of coverage. I also think there was ALOT of defensive holding out there that went FAR beyond 5 yards and Moss was CLEARLY interfered with early in the game on what would have been a first down. The INT was really an aberration for Alex. He VERY seldom throws picks in the Red-Zone. Bad throw? Yes. Bad Decision? Yes. Was Moss Wide Open? Yes. However, Alex was flushed out when Moss broke open. He may have been able to stand in and make the throw, but I'm not sure of that. A bad play tho regardless of how you look at it. Rough night for Alex against a very, very good defense.
2) O-Line: Holy Sh*t. Wow. That was the #2 ranked rush D in the NFL. Those holes were HUGE! Gore had a big day but he had truck sized lanes to run through. Over 170 yards against a very good run D. The sacks were all coverage sacks. Big, big night for that O-Line.
3) Frank/Kendall: Ya gotta be happy for Frank after all these years to finally get a Line and OC who really know how to use him. He's got 601 yards right now only through week 7, but that's not the impressive part. What's impressive is his 5.8 yards per carry. He is getting rest and isn't being overworked and is STILL getting his yards. What I love about him is that while he HAS lost a step, what made him SOOO good to begin with was his vision and patience. Give him a hole and he'll find it and exploit it even if he isn't making as many players miss. Kendall is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Very often when you look at teams that like to grind it out and play good defense, they are only averaging about 4 yards per carry or less. To have both backs over 5 and the primary back at almost 6 is a testament to how good these backs are, how good the scheme is and how fantastic that line is playing.
4) Run D: Trying to figure this one out. Back to Back 100 yard rushers. Now Lynch is a monster, so I can almost forgive them...but they were also getting pushed back by the O'line of Seattle. Thay played a light box alot vs the Packers, Lions, and even Buffalo, but not in the last two games. Teams are starting to run right at Justin. I'm not really that concerned about it because this week it was Lynch and last week most of those yards were in the 4th quarter, but it is something to pay attention to.
5) Aldon: He didn't light it up on the stat-sheet....but WOW. When he gets a 1-on1 on a tackle, it just isn't fair. He owned the guy on the sack, almost did it again on the next play and then got doubleteamed in the endzone (and I don't think that was a chop block). He has also played very well against the run.
6) The Safety that wasn't: Been arguing with peeps on Facebook all morning about this one. Very good move. Just ask the Seahawks what they would rather have...a chance at the Ball on an Onside kick even though they would need 2 scores or the 49ers in Victory Formation to end the game. You have a chance at the ball one way and no chance the other.
7) WRs: Rough game for them. Just couldn't get open. I think losing Manningham made a difference as he's much more "sudden" than the rest and can usually break loose. Kyle Williams has quick feet, but he doesn't really separate. Moss was open in the endzone, but the pressure got to Alex and he made a bad throw. Again tho...you have to give credit to the Seahawks for being the Seahawks. Thats what they did to New England last week. If the refs aren't going to call interference or defensive holding, I don't see them changing any time soon.
8) Gameplan: I alluded to this before, but that was a masterful offensive game plan. Conventional wisdom was that the Seahawks "pake you pass" on them. Those were Tom Brady's words. It has alot to do with playing a 1 deep safety and relying on those big corners to maul the WRs on the outside. That allows for Safety help in the run game. The Niners ran anyway and were creative enough in teh way that they did so that it nullified the advantage. Frank was breaking into space all night.
9) Ginn: I hope that was a sign of things to come. We can really use him and those big returns in the second half. Kyle wasn't cutting it on Kickoffs.
10) NFC West: DAMN it feels good to put the Seahawks ona plane with an "L". 0-3 in the division and the Niners can do no worse that a division split with them. That mean the Niners will most likely have the Tie-Breaker when it comes down to the division as the Hawks can do no better than 3-3 in division. Even if the 'hawks win all 3 of their remaining division games, all the Niners need to do is win 3 of 5 and they hold the tie-breaker. Love it.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Oct 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM ]