Crunching the numbers on 49ers' QB race

August, 9, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The stats are in from the 49ers' exhibition opener against the Raiders, an 18-16 defeat.

Alex Smith completed 5 of 9 passes for 51 yards and a 72.0 quarterback rating. He averaged 5.7 yards per attempt, which is not great. J.T. O'Sullivan averaged 8.9 yards per attempt, a high figure, but an interception hurt his stat line. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 71 yards (51.6 rating). Shaun Hill completed 7 of 16 passes for 56 yards (27.1 rating).

The best quarterback on the field, stat-wise? The Raiders' Andrew Walter, who completed 10 of 12 passes for 82 yards (95.1 rating).

The stats aren't much to go on. I'll revisit this game and what it means Saturday. That's it for tonight.

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