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Friday, October 15, 2010
Frank Gore primed for rebound game?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Frank Gore scored a key touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5, but two lost fumbles and a penalty made this an uncharacteristically rough night for the San Francisco 49ers' Pro Bowl running back.

Re-watching the 49ers' 27-24 defeat Friday made me think Gore must be beyond eager to get back onto the field -- and not just because he'll be facing an Oakland Raiders defense that allowed 205 yards rushing to Tennessee in Week 1 and 249 yards to Houston in Week 4.

Gore obviously takes pride in his work. He's better than he showed in that nationally televised game against the Eagles. Everything we know about Gore suggests he'll bounce back with a better effort Sunday.

Preseason outcomes do not matter, but when Gore faced the Raiders' starting defense Aug. 28, he busted a 49- and 9-yard runs on his only carries.

A few other thoughts on the 49ers heading into Week 6:
The chart shows quarterback Alex Smith's passing numbers by personnel group against Philadelphia. The 49ers came out with more of the run-oriented, conventional personnel groupings they have favored since Mike Singletary became head coach. The team settled into three-receiver mode for most of the game, standard procedure once the 49ers fall behind.