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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The big talk this week has been about how to limit Drew Brees and the Saints and what will happen if the 49ers get into a shooting war with the Saints. Leaving aside the strength of the 49ers defense (which ...

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Old 01-13-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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Question Article:Myth of the weak 49ers offense

The big talk this week has been about how to limit Drew Brees and the Saints and what will happen if the 49ers get into a shooting war with the Saints. Leaving aside the strength of the 49ers defense (which I think matches up well with the Saints), there's the strength of the offense to consider.

In my opinion the 49ers offense is underrated and has been for a long time. I have no concerns about the 49ers hanging with the Saints, because it's shown that it can hang against other so-called "power" offenses like the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys and Lions. Yes the 49ers lost to the Cowboys, but that was in overtime and a game which could have easily gone the other way.

I want to take a look at the actual strengths of the 49ers offense and compare the to the Saints and see where we end up. To be clear I'm not going to argue that the 49ers offense is as good as the Saints offense. What I am going to try and show is that it's not as bad as has been claimed, nor is it a hopeless match up in a game vs a high powered offense.

Points per game

The whole point of an offense is to score points. This is where the 49ers show the biggest deficiency in comparison to the Saints. The Saints averaged just over 34 points per game, the 49ers just over 23, an 11 point differential. Looking at the rankings though and it's rather surprising. The Saints ranked are ranked 2nd the 49ers a surprising 11th. Far from being a terrible offense they're better than half the teams in the league at scoring points.

How do they compare to other playoff teams? The Houston Texans also scored an average of 24.8 points per game, but nobody talks about them like they can't hang with the big boys. The New York Giants scored an average of 24.6 points per game, essentially the same as the 49ers. The Detroit Lions averaged 29.6 points per game and squeaked into the playoffs

The Myth of the Weak 49ers Offense - Niners Nation

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Old 01-13-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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In other words, the game will come down to the the 4th quarter and I have every confidence in Alex Smith and the rest of the offense that they can win this thing.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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Garbage!

Look stats mean NOTHING! Its play offs. You have to win or go home.

Its a different game than the regular season. You can take any and all stats you want to from the regular season and make them into just about anything you want to. It all comes down to match ups and the final score on Saturday.

Really getting under my skin all this talk about stats this and stats that... Stats if for baseball. Take those stats shove them and go watch baseball if you want to talk stats... this is grown man tackle football.
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Loved how he was comparing the teams and qb's but when it got to what he wanted to sell, he stopped talking about us. Another waste of an article..next
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:01 PM   #6
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"I have no concerns about the 49ers hanging with the Saints, because it's shown that it can hang against other so-called "power" offenses like the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys and Lions."

So called b/c they really aren't.
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