How offenses fared against base defenses

September, 17, 2012
9/17/12
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San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley disparaged efforts from the Detroit Lions' defensive line Sunday night.

Staley claimed the Lions got only "cheap" pressures on the quarterback.

That comment made me wonder whether NFC West teams were gaining "cheap" yardage, specifically rushing yardage against nickel and dime defenses. To the contrary, teams from the division generally fared well against their opponents' base defenses, according to charting from ESPN Stats & Information.

The chart shows Week 2 offensive production against base defenses only. The 49ers and Seahawks were particularly productive. I'd love to stay and discuss further, but my plane from San Francisco to Seattle is landing shortly. They're about to shut off the wifi.

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