Originally posted by ElDannMann:One thing I've noticed, the Houston Texans' D, while very good, is not on the same level as the 49ers D. I say that in the most "non-homer" way I can. Yes, our run D isn't as good as last year, but it's still top10 in that category. However, our pass D is ridiculous. Cully is coming along nice (I'm still laughing at the "experts" calling him a reach in the 3rd round.. more like a steal so far). We're not getting as many turnovers as last year, but even with less turnovers we're allowing about the same amount of points and less yards per game. That's outstanding.
Since Harbaugh took over, only one team has scored more than 30 points on this D, and that was the Saints last year in the playoffs. The Texans' D got punked both by Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady this year. We held the Aaron Rodgers' led offense to a measly 15 points, while the Texans gave up 42 points to the Packers and 42 to the Patroits last week. Also notable about the Texans D is the fact that they gave up 37 to the Jaguars and 31 to the Lions this season. So, in less than one year they have given up 30+ points in four games. The 49ers have given up 30+ points only once in 31 games.
That being said, I feel we can hold the Patriots dynamic office to less than 30. What scares me is that they have a better running game this year as well, which they really haven't had in years past. Our Front 7 will have to ball out like they normally do, and our safeties have to stay home. Brady runs some really good play action fakes. Whitner and Goldson cannot be beat deep, because it's not very often Brady misses his mark.
I feel the Patriots have the advantage in this one, but no way does that mean I don't feel comfortable going into the game. Roman needs to take some shots down the field and more importantly, Kaepernick needs to take those shots and capitilize. We need a Kaep vrs. Bears perfomance to win this game, not a vs. Saints, vs. Rams or vs. Dolphins performance. I believe our ground game can wear the Pats D down.
In the end, as they always say, you win 100% of the time when you score more points than the opposition. Go Niners!
IMO our defense has improved a great deal, we have improved in almost all categories and we have played stronger offensive opponents.
I've got a serious boner for this Sundays game. I'm starting Kaep and Crabtree and sitting Wes Welker. My opponent has Tom Brady. It's primetime, number two seed and division title at risk and I'm not working!
[ Edited by Chief on Dec 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM ]