49ers Monday Morning Chatter Week 6: It’s Vernon Davis’ world, we’re just living in it

Al Sacco
Oct 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM3


The 49ers beat a tougher than they appear Arizona Cardinals team by a score of 32-20 with some opportunistic defense, a little power running and a whole lot of Vernon Davis. The division win brought San Francisco's record to 4-2 and gave them sole possession of second place in the NFC West. Here is what 49ers' fans are talking about after Week 6:

Davis in the zone

It's no secret that the team desperately needed Vernon Davis to be prodcutive this season and he more than answered the bell in Week 6. Davis hauled in eight balls for 180 yards and caught touchdown passes of 35 and 61 yards. It marked a career high in yardage during a regular season game for Davis, eclipsing his previous high total of 126 yards which he accomplished against the Green Bay Packers in 2010.

Davis has now caught six of the eight touchdown passes Colin Kaepernick has thrown on the season. While targeting Davis against Arizona, Kaepernick was 8-of-11 for the before mentioned 180 yards and two scores. When targeting all other receivers, he was 8-of-18 for 72 yards.

30 for 30 (for 30)

The 49ers have scored 30 or more points in each of their last three games. That is the first time the team has done that under Jim Harbaugh. The Niners scored over 30 in back to back games twice in 2012 but were not able to reach the mark the following week in either case. Overall, Harbaugh's 49ers have scored 30 plus points 16 times since 2011 including the playoffs. They have a record of 15-1 in those game with the only loss being in the Super Bowl.

Rookie defenders come up big

Eric Reid continued to look like a star in the making as the rookie safety picked off Carson Palmer and returned the interception 53 yards to set up the first points of the game. Later, he was Johnny-on-the-spot recovering a Larry Fitzgerald fumble that stopped the Cardinals and swung the momentum as they were driving deep into San Francisco territory.

Corey Lemonier continues to get snaps on passing downs and continues to show that he has a future as a pass rusher in the league. While he was yet to record his first sack going into Week 6, the rookie linebacker had been disruptive and showed some burst off the edge. He got into the sack column in a big way against the Cardinals, dropping Carson Palmer in the endzone for a safety. He also forced a fumble.

The drive

When the 49ers needed a drive to put the game away, they went to their bread and butter. The power running game has made it's return during this three game win streak and it was never more on display than during the team's 18-play 89 yard drive that took 9 1/2 minutes off the clock. The 49ers plowed straight ahead and ran the ball 12 times against a Cardinals' defense that came into the game giving up only 3.3 yards per carry on the ground. It was the longest drive in the NFL this season.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman did not show much variety in his play calling during the drive, and stuck with the play Ninety-four power to keep moving the chains. Kaepernick also did his part to keep the offense on the field as he hit Kyle Williams and Anquan Boldin on separate occasions to convert thrid downs (something the 49ers have struggled to do this season). The drive was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by Kendall Hunter who was spelling work horse Frank Gore. Gore carried the ball 25 times on the day and gained 80 of his 101 yards in the second half.

Kaep's full season

For those wondering, Kaepernick has now played 16 games in his career including the playoffs. He is 259-of-433 with 3627 yards passing. He is completing 59.8 percent of his throws and has 22 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions. Most importantly, the 49ers are 11-5 in those starts. Somewhat surprisingly, Kaepernick only has five rushing touchdowns in those starts and three of those came in the playoffs. He does not have a rushing touchdown this season as the 49ers has limited his exposure in the ground game.

What's next?

The 49ers will travel to Tennessee in Week 7 to take on the Titans. While the Titans gave the Seahawks a tough game on Sunday, they are not the same team without their starting quarterback, Jake Locker, who is out with an injury. Since backup Ryan Fitzpatrick took over, Tennessee is 0-2 and have only scored 23 points on offense in the two losses. The 49ers should consider this road game a very winnable one.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


3 Comments

  • Gonzola
    Nice piece... I am still worried about the clutch. The Kid (aka Kappy) has the gas and he certainly has the brake (with all the 4 and outs due to a lack of the run), but does he have the clutch. Will he be able to make the play when he needs too. I mean why didn't he just run the ball the 5 yards for a TD to end the SB with a 49er win? That is clutch. No matter what it takes you must pull a W, especially in the Super Bowl. Montana never threw an interception in the post season and he also finished every postseason game proper-style. When it mattered most Montana got the job done. Kappy is a different quarterback and I don't want to compare him to Montana, but if this team is going to succeed then we need Kappy and the team to find their clutch. Go NINERS!
    Oct 15, 2013 at 6:39 AM
    0
  • scott
    I just hope they are tough at home this week against Seattle and take them down.
    Oct 15, 2013 at 5:12 AM
    0
  • Monsterniner
    The only thing I concern about Kaep is his 59.8 of completion because 3627 yards, 22 TD passes with only 10 ints and 11 wins is great for a QB in his first season.
    Oct 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM
    0

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers-Rams: Kyle Shanahan hopes Arik Armstead can play Monday; Daniel Brunskill returns to practice

By David Bonilla
Sep 29

Arik Armstead missed this past weekend's game against the Denver Broncos due to a foot injury that has bothered the defensive lineman since before Week 1. He told NBC Sports Bay Area that he has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The injury got worse in the 49ers' Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. "It is improving," head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters, noting that Armstead will not practice on Thursday. "He was real close to going [against the Broncos]. We thought he did real good in that workout before the game, but we held him back, and it's still the same today as it was on game day. Hopefully, it will be good by



49ers-Rams Injury Report: Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw questionable; Daniel Brunskill good to go for Monday night

By David Bonilla
16 hrs

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 4 contest against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw returned to practice. Armstead has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, forcing him to miss the 49ers' Week 3 game against the Denver Broncos. Kinlaw played in that game but sat out the first two full practices of the week due to a knee injury. "Just flaring up on him," head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Kinlaw's knee. The defensive tackle underwent reconstructive surgery on his ACL last year. Is the coach concerned that the injury could hinder Kinlaw throughout the season? "Yeah, anytime someone has something, it's a concern,"



49ers injury updates: RB Ty Davis-Price, TE Tyler Kroft will miss 'a few weeks,' says Shanahan

By David Bonilla
Sep 19

Quarterback Trey Lance wasn't the only San Francisco 49ers player who suffered an injury during the team's 27-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Kyle Shanahan jumped on a conference call with reporters this afternoon and provided injury updates, as he typically does on the day after a game. "[Tight end] Tyler Kroft had an MCL sprain," Shanahan said. "He'll be out a few weeks. [Rookie running back] Ty Davis-Price had a high-ankle sprain. He'll miss a few weeks also." Shanahan added that they just learned about the injury to Davis-Price. The team will expect their other rookie running back, Jordan Mason, to step up in Davis-Price's absence. "He needs to [step up] now," Shanahan said of Mason. "Last week was his first week getting a lot



49ers Notebook: What happens when Jimmie Ward returns?; 49ers on Tua; Bobby T welcomed back; No 'body bag' talk from George Kittle this week

By Kirk Larrabee
Sep 30

There was plenty to talk about around 49ers facilities Friday afternoon, ranging from Monday night's home game against the Los Angeles Rams to what happened Thursday night with Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovaiola. Defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, run game coordinator/offensive line coach Chris Foerster, tight end George Kittle, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo were among those to speak to reporters on Friday. We have a rundown of their thoughts on the aforementioned subjects, as well as their reactions to the return of running backs coach Bobby Turner, who came back to the team after undergoing knee surgery. Let's get into that and more in this version of 49ers Notebook. A good problem The 49ers took an unwanted hit to their secondary towards


Featured

More by Al Sacco

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone