PFF Preview: 49ers @ Broncos, Week 7
After defeating the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football, the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) prepare for another primetime showdown, as they head back out on the road to take on the Denver Broncos (4-1) on Sunday Night Football.
In last week’s matchup against the Rams, the 49ers held Robert Quinn to a pass rush grade of -2.2, his worst performance of the season, thanks in part to Joe Staley. Staley, who is the only member of the 49ers offensive line with a ‘positive’ green grade in pass protection, held Quinn in check while on his way to earning a grade of +1.8 in pass protection. Staley has only let up one sack on the season and has a Pass Blocking Efficiency of 95.4.
Staley is most likely going to be dealt the responsibility of slowing down DeMarcus Ware on Sunday night. Ware, who has compiled five sacks through six weeks, has rushed the passer 90.2% of the time from the right side of the defensive line. This means Staley will see plenty of Ware throughout the game and is in for quite the battle. Ware has a Pass Rushing Productivity (PRP) of 11.2 from the right side of the defensive line, fifth best amongst 4-3 defensive ends.
Additionally, Ware has registered 22 pressures from the right side (second most), 13 hurries (tied for third most), and five hits (tied for sixth most).
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
San Francisco 49ers
Mike Iupati – Iupati, who may not take the field on Sunday (concussion), has been one of the best in terms of run blocking. With a run block grade of +10.9, Iupati has the second best grade of any guard in the league.
Colin Kaepernick – Kaepernick has attempted 26 deep throws (20+ yards) and has an Accuracy Percentage 46.2%, tied for 11th best.
Ray McDonald – With 15 tackles and 12 stops in the run game, McDonald has manufactured a Run Stop Percentage of 13.0%, fourth amongst 3-4 defensive ends.
Peyton Manning – With an average time to pass attempt of 2.25 seconds, Manning ranks second behind Andy Dalton.
Emmanuel Sanders – One of Manning’s most productive and favorite targets, Sanders has run 43.9% of his routes while lined up in the slot.
Rahim Moore – Moore has played 235 snaps in coverage (fourth most at his position) and is allowing just 0.11 yards per coverage snap.
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