San Francisco 49ers: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#7)

Last week: 6 (-1)

Record: 6-2

Alex Smith was 18 of 19 on Monday Night against the Cardinals, one completion shy of setting the all-time record for completion percentage in a single game. He did set the single game for most pass attempts with only 1 incompletion and that incompletion was actually a drop. The knock on him, however, is that he settled for mostly short stuff, completing just 10 passes longer than 3 yards through the air and actually averaging just 4.9 yards per completion through the air, getting a lot of his yardage after the catch against an Arizona defense that couldn’t tackle. He also looked 4 sacks on his 6 pressured snaps, sacks that even he admits he should have thrown away and taken the incompletion. This kind of stuff might fly against Arizona, but I still don’t trust him to lead them deep into the playoffs.

Studs

QB Alex Smith: 18 of 19 for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns, 1 drop, 130.9 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 6 of 23 drop backs (4 sacks, 2 of 2)

LT Joe Staley: Did not allow a pressure on 24 pass block snaps, run blocked for 19 yards on 3 attempts

RT Anthony Davis: Did not allow a pressure on 24 pass block snaps, run blocked for 31 yards on 6 attempts

WR Michael Crabtree: Caught 5 passes for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 attempts on 15 pass snaps, 12.4 YAC per catch

CB Tarell Brown: Allowed 2 catches for 22 yards on 10 attempts, 5 pass deflections, 1 solo tackle

CB Chris Culliver: Allowed 3 catches for 21 yards on 9 attempts, 2 pass deflection, 1 interception, 3 solo tackles

MLB Patrick Willis: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 4 stops, 1 quarterback hit and 1 quarterback hurry on 10 blitzes, allowed 2 catches for 4 yards on 3 attempts, 1 pass deflection

ROLB Aldon Smith: 2 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries on 42 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 4 solo tackles, 5 stops

FS Dashon Goldson: Allowed 4 catches for 28 yards on 6 attempts, 7 solo tackles, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle

P Andy Lee: 5 punts for 244 yards, 2 inside 20, 4 returns for 15 yards, 45.8 net yards per punt

Duds

MLB NaVorro Bowman: 1 missed tackle, 1 stop, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry on 10 blitzes, allowed 3 catches for 41 yards on 3 attempts

LE Ray McDonald: 1 quarterback hurry on 46 pass rush snaps, 3 solo tackles, 3 stops

RE Justin Smith: 1 quarterback hit and 1 quarterback hurry on 47 pass rush snaps, no tackles

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