PFF Preview: Bears @ 49ers, Week 2
The season is now in full swing and this week the Bears and 49ers square off in the inaugural regular season matchup at Levi’s Stadium.
The last time these two teams played, Colin Kaepernick turned the game into his coming out party. And after a stellar opening day outing in Dallas’ last Sunday — which saw him post the second-highest PFF QB rating among quarterbacks with at least 25 snaps and a +1.7 passing grade when pressured — he’s sure to be a key factor again.
Despite their loss, the Bears saw high quality performances along their re-tooled defensive line last week. Jay Ratliff led the way up the middle with his +4.2 while Lamaar Houston (+2.8) and Willie Young (+1.5) helped out on the edge. Chicago’s defensive front seven will be looking to balance pressure with containment to try and move Kaepernick off his spot without giving him lanes to run through when pressured.
Here are three noteworthy numbers for each team:
Ryan Mundy – Posted four stops against the Bills last week. That was tied for second most in the NFL among safeties, behind only Tony Jefferson of Arizona and D.J. Swearinger of Houston who both have five.
Jermon Bushrod – Earned a +1.9 overall grade in Week 1, tied for 11th overall at the position and fifth-best among left tackles.
Kyle Fuller – Playing 29 snaps at left cornerback while Tim Jennings moved into the slot, Fuller ranked sixth for cornerbacks with a Run Stop Percentage of 5.6%. That’s the highest number among rookies at his position.
San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick – Had the fourth-highest ‘Yards in the Air’ Percentage for quarterbacks with 25 or more snaps at 65.6%. Ahead of his sixth-ranked 2013 figure of 60.1%.
Justin Smith – Brought home a +5.0 grade in Week 1 (including +2.8 run defense and +2.0 pass rush). A great start and just the second time he has hit that height in a game since his dominant 2011 season.
Dontae Johnson – Played 47 snaps in his first game and though he did surrender a score, the rest of the day he played quite well — giving up only two more catches on six targets and knocking down two of the incompletions.
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