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Monday, October 22, 2012
Cardinals, Frank Gore on collision course

By Mike Sando

The news on Frank Gore sounds mostly positive since the San Francisco 49ers' career rushing leader injured his ribs Thursday night.

Gore told reporters Monday he practiced and expects to play against the Arizona Cardinals on "Monday Night Football" in Week 8.

Gore is coming off a 131-yard game against Seattle. He continued playing after a hit from Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner bruised his ribs. The 49ers won the game, 13-6.

The chart shows Gore's yards per rush by direction and opponent since Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman took over the 49ers' offense.

Gore had 34 carries for 160 yards over two games against the Cardinals. Those games were in Weeks 11 and 14, when Arizona was playing better defense.

Thirty-three of the 34 carries came against the Cardinals' base defense or short-yardage defense, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

A few quick notes on those 34 carries:
The Cardinals, though strong on defense overall this season, allowed 153 yards rushing to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson in Week 7.

Peterson carried 14 times for 85 yards up the middle and eight times for 68 yards to the left. He carried once for no gain on runs to the right. All but one of his carries was against base personnel.