I know that sounds rather strange, especially in this day and age in the NFL. That also goes against what we hear regarding the playoffs, but it does speak of the strengths our team was built on.
I was messing around at http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/sfo/2012.htm
Scroll down to the Games & Schedules section. You can sort by each one of the various columns.
- If you sort by pass yards given up there's little correlation to the games we win and the ones we lose.
- ...by rush yards given up, we're 0-3-1 when we give up >137 rushing yards a game.
- In the 2 games we fail to force a turnover on defense (@STL and vs NYG) we're 0-2.
Similarly on offense:
- When we have at least 320 total yards, we're 10-1-1.
- Our pass yards don't correlate to wins or losses very well
- But in the 3 games we've failed to rush for at least 100 total yards we're 0-3.
- When we turn the ball over once or less, we're 9-1-1.
These stats relate to both the Packers and I believe we match up more favorably with the Falcons for the above reasons. (Michael Turner doesn't really scare anyone anymore).
Re the Packers:
- When the Packers give up at least 111 yards rushing, they're 3-5.
- When they fail to create a turnover on defense, they're 1-4.
Re the Falcons:
They're the 21st best rushing defense (give up 121 YPG) and they only rush for 87.3 YPG (4th worst in the league).
Conversely we're the 4th best rushing offense (155.7 YPG) and the 4th best rushing defense (94.2 YPG).
I can only hope that we're going to remain consistent with the run for the rest of the ride and do our best to stop the other team from running on us. Kaep needs to also take off for a scramble every so often (w/o waiting so long). Keep those coverage units honest or force them to spy us.