Saturday, September 15, 2012
Programming note: Headed for Lions-49ers
By Mike Sando
Those following the blog Sunday can anticipate prime-time coverage from Candlestick Park.
Inside Slant podcast partner Kevin Seifert and I are heading to San Francisco for the 49ers-Lions game Sunday night. We're planning to watch the early games together before focusing our attention on the 49ers and Lions.
Kevin broke out three 49ers-Lions notes in his "Final Word" piece Friday. He notes that neither team sends more than four pass-rushers very often. Both trust their talented defensive fronts to get pressure.
Since 2011, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has 10 touchdowns and one interception when opponents rush more than four, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He also has 25 sacks in those situations. The Lions' Matthew Stafford has seven touchdowns and six interceptions with only seven sacks when opponents rush at least five. They have a similar number of attempts (175-172 edge for Stafford).
Smith has nine touchdowns, four interceptions and 23 sacks when opponents rush four or fewer. Stafford has 34 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and 30 sacks in those situations. Stafford also has a 535-299 edge in pass attempts when opponents rush four or fewer.
The Lions run more of their offense through the quarterback's arm.