PFF Preview: 49ers @ Cardinals, Week 3

The 49ers are off a bad home loss while the Cardinals continue to be a mild surprise with their two victories in 2014 and Kyle LaRue offers a preview here.

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PFF Preview: 49ers @ Cardinals, Week 3

2014-Prev-WK03-SF@ARZThe first NFC West clash of the 2014 season will see both the 49ers and Cardinals looking to get a jump on the division with a win in the desert.

All signs point to the Cardinals being forced to send out seven-year pro Drew Stanton in place of the injured Carson Palmer (shoulder) for the second week in a row. Stanton did enough to keep Arizona’s undefeated record alive against the beleaguered Giants last week despite a -1.7 pass grade, but he faces a taller task this week against the 49ers. Stanton completed just 37.5% of his passes under pressure (52.4% in a clean pocket) in Week 2, so look for San Francisco to try to keep him under duress.

‘Try’ may be the operative word, however. The 49ers have not applied much pressure to opposing QB’s so far this season and may need to stray from their usual defensive concepts by sending extra men this week if they hope to take advantage of Stanton’s inaccuracy under pressure.

Here are three noteworthy numbers for each team:

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick – Has the the second-highest percentage of Yards in the Air at 69.9% (passing yards with yards after catch removed). Trailing only Austin Davis of the Rams.

Frank Gore  Is one of only 10 running backs with at least 10 pass-blocking snaps still flawless in pass protection through two games.

Antoine Bethea  Holds the third-best Run Stop Percentage among eligible safeties with his 18.2% score. He also has a team-high +2.4 coverage grade.

Arizona Cardinals

Andre Ellington – Of his 147 rushing yards, 70 have come on four breakaway runs (runs of 15 yards or more). That 47.6% is fifth-highest among RBs.

Antonio Cromartie  Is the only member of the Cardinals’ defense with coverage grades in the green for both games in 2014 (+3.5 total).

Lyle Sendlein  Has not given up a single pressure in 75 pass-blocking snaps. One of only six eligible centers who can make that claim (Kilgore also).

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  • Das Dweeb

    Yards in the Air as a stat could go either way – perhaps he’s fitting it into tight windows and doing most of the work himself – or perhaps he’s not giving his receivers a chance to catch in stride and gain YAC. I’ve seen examples of both in his first two games this year.

  • Das Dweeb

    Wow, you guys get the numbers. Great stats on Bethea – no surprise on Gore – and good to know about Kilgore. Thanks.