Week 10 Preview: Cardinals vs. San 49ers

WR Anquan Boldin (Streeter Lecka/Getty)

Arizona looks to build on its three-game division lead in a Week 1 rematch against the San Francisco 49ers. While San Francisco has dropped five consecutive decisions, they come in rested and ready following a bye week. AZRedReport.com's Brad Wilbricht continues his weekly scouting reports, this time breaking down the 49ers roster.

At quarterback, Shaun Hill gets the nod over the recently benched J.T. O'Sullivan. Hill came in during second half action against the Seattle Seahawks and completed 15-of-23 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown. Hill also proved to be a viable option under center at the conclusion of last season, maintaining a QB rating of 101.3 over the team's final three games.

While San Francisco is averaging only 311 yards per game on offense, RB Frank Gore continues to perform at a high level. Gore is currently ranked eighth in the NFL with 629 rushing yards and has reached pay dirt four times. Furthermore, he remains an excellent target out of the backfield with 32 receptions for 311 yards.


RB Frank Gore
(Getty)

Although the Cardinals' defense held Gore to 96 yards on the ground in Week 1, he received only 14 carries. In that matchup, Arizona held the ball for the majority of the second half and dominated time of possession for the game (37:05-22:55). Gore has given Arizona fits in recent years and has racked up 365 total yards in his last two outings against the Cardinals.

WR Isaac Bruce leads the 49ers in receiving having reeled in 23 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns. However, Bruce's production has dipped of late as he's been limited to just nine receptions for 124 during his last three games. WR Arnaz Battle is second on the team with 318 yards receiving on 24 receptions while Bryant Johnson and Josh Morgan split time as San Francisco's third wide receiver.

The 49ers' defense was expected to be a formidable unit this year, but they've struggled at times during the first half of the season. LB Patrick Willis leads the team with 71 tackles and five tackles for a loss. DE Justin Smith was signed to a lucrative contract this offseason but has failed to make the impact the team had hoped. Smith has managed only three sacks and two tackles for a loss.

San Francisco has been ineffective rushing the passer and is currently tied for 21st in the league with only 14 sacks. If the 49ers are unable to get consistent pressure on QB Kurt Warner, he'll likely pick apart a vulnerable San Francisco secondary allowing 218 yards per game through the air.


Brad Wilbricht can be contacted at brad.wilbricht@gmail.com

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