NFC West: 49ers-Lions

Mailbag: Gore due to break out

September, 18, 2008
9/18/08
6:15
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dean from Laramie, Wyo., writes: I am wondering if Frank Gore is going to have a breakout game or if he is playing his new role. I get the feeling the niners are pushing the passing game to get some rhythm going. I would understand this since most of the receivers were out all preseason. Still though I wonder how long Gore will go before a 100-yard game?

Mike Sando: The Lions dumped Mike Martz because they wanted to run the ball more. Perhaps Martz shows his former team how a top-flight back such as Gore influences a coordinator's decision making along those lines. This has the feel of a breakout week for Gore. I could see Martz feeding the ball to him if the game is close or the 49ers are winning.


Anthony from Boston writes: Your an IDIOT!!!!! How can you rank Denver 14th in your power rankings after the impressive offensive performances the first 2 weeks of the season and have Indy at 6 after losing to Chicago and Barely squeaking out a win against Minnesota? Pittsburgh at number 2 after barely beating the lowly Browns? How did you come up with those numbers?

Mike Sando: The Broncos might not be the same without Ed Hochuli next week.

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On the air: 49ers in Week 3

September, 17, 2008
9/17/08
10:15
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Fox's Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger and Brian Billick get the call when the 49ers face the Lions at Candlestick Park in Week 3. Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. PT.

WeekTeamOpp.NetworkCrewCrew Rank
1SFARIFoxSam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers5 of 7
2SF
SEAFoxKenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
2 of 7
3
SF
DETFoxDick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick 3 of 7

Billick also works with Thom Brennaman on Fox's No. 4 crew. Brennaman splits his time between the NFL and play-by-play duties for the Big Ten Network. Billick joins Stockton and Baldinger when Brennaman isn't working NFL games.

CBS and Fox each have seven NFL crews. The higher-ranked crews draw more attractive assignments such as Super Bowls, playoff games and marquee matchups.

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