Memo to Opposition: Good Luck Running Up the Middle
From Mike Sando’s ESPN Blog:
The 49ers have allowed 3.01 yards per rush up the middle this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That is the second-best figure in the league, which admittedly comes as a surprise to me.
The top five teams in fewest yards per carry allowed up the middle: Vikings 2.48, 49ers 3.01, Steelers 3.15 and Giants 3.16. The 49ers rank seventh in rushing yards per play allowed. They rank 16th in rushing yards allowed per game, 23rd in total yards allowed per game and fourth in red-zone defense.
The top per-game net rushing totals against the 49ers this season: Seahawks 169 (Week 2), Bills 156, Patriots 144. The lowest per-game net rushing totals: Seahawks 39 (Week 8), Cardinals 46 (Week 10) and Cowboys 74.
I’m thinking this should strengthen Patrick Willis’ case for the Pro Bowl..