49ers @ Cardinals live blog: Pregame

GLENDALE, AZ. — This is the pregame live blog for the 49ers’ Week 3 road game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.

10:38 Some Colin Kaepernick statistics for you to consider this morning:
Through two games, Kaepernick currently ranks 15th in completion percentage (64.9) and 11th in yards per attempt (7.9).
Kaepernick also currently ranks 22nd in passer rating (84.6) and 30th in fourth-quarter passer rating (48.5).

11:09 A quarterback who has a lead in the fourth quarter tends to throw shorter passes so his yards per pass attempt typically decreases. This is applies to Kaepernick — his YPA in the 4th quarter was 6.7 last season and is 6.4 this season. Conversely, a QB’s completion percentage usually increases in the fourth quarter when he has a lead because the chains are in favorable down-and-distance situations and the QB can nickel and dime the defense. Kaepernick’s fourth quarter completion percentage is 71.4 this season but it was 51.8 last season.

11:22 Jay Glazer just reported that the refs from last week’s 49ers-Bears game flagged Colin Kaepernick for saying the n-word to Lamarr Houston.

11:33 Vernon Davis is inactive. Vance McDonald, Anthony Davis, Tramaine Brock, Quinton Patton, Tank Carradine and Marcus Martin also are inactive for the Niners. Derek Carrier is starting for Vernon Davis, Jonathan Martin is starting for Anthony Davis and Perrish Cox is starting for Tramaine Brock.

11:35 Carson Palmer is inactive. Dave Zastudil, Victor Butler, Glenn Carson, Alex Okafor, Alameda Ta’amu and Rob Housler are inactive as well for the Cards. Drew Stanton is starting for Palmer, Troy Niklas is starting for Housler and Sam Acho is starting for John Abraham.

11:39 Now that we know who is and isn’t active, I predict the 49ers will beat the Cardinals 19-17.

11:47 Expect the Cardinals to double cover Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree frequently and to cover Derek Carrier with a linebacker.

11:49 The 49ers’ offense virtually gained nothing on their Wham and Trap runs last week against the Bears. Those runs typically are Frank Gore’s big gainers.

11:50 Does Drew Stanton remind anyone of Kirk Cousins?

11:51 The Cardinals’ offensive line as given up 15 pressures and 6 sacks through the first two games of this season according to Pro Football Focus.

12:55 Ten minutes until game time.

  1. Want us to take seriously? Tell us where his offensive line and running game rank.

    On another note, watching Carr play really well in the first quarter. Grant didn’t you swear Fales was a better Qb coming out of college?

    1. A quarterback who has a lead in the fourth quarter tends to throw shorter passes so his yards per pass attempt typically decreases. This is applies to Kaepernick — his ypa in the 4th quarter was 6.7 last season and is 6.4 this season.

      Conversely, a QB’s completion percentage usually increases in the fourth quarter when he has a lead because he’s nickel and dimeing the defense. Kaepernick’s fourth quarter completion percentage is 71.4 this season but it was 51.8 last season.

  2. Blake Bortles first NFL start will be 10/19th against the Brownies. Slight chance it comes on the 5th against the Steelers.

  3. Rally The Troops Jimmy!

    Will you take the dare if it ever was placed
    There’s danger to challenge the throne
    Deceivers will rise and weave their web of stealth
    Can you face them standing alone?

    When men lead by words that are false as they preach
    Fatality waits in the wings
    Surrounded by fools behind walls that are breached
    Beware of the jester that sings

    Stand tall rise up stay strong fighting your enemies
    Truth will find it’s reward
    If you live and die by the sword

    The whispers can’t hide when the tongues are let loose
    Then hiding the truth is absurd
    A stab in the back or taste of the noose
    Is when action speaks louder than words

    Stand tall rise up stay strong fighting your enemies
    Truth will find it’s reward
    If you live and die by the sword

    Wield the spear of light
    Guard it with your life
    Wield the spear of light
    Guard it with your life
    Sword of Damocles, sword of Damocles

    Stand tall rise up stay strong fighting your enemies
    Truth will find it’s reward
    If you live and die by the sword

    His truth will find its reward
    If you live and die by the sword

  4. Carolina’s has awesome tortillas, last time I went looking they had two locations in phoenix. They’ve been around forever and when i first started asking local on my trips there it was the one most commonly mentioned and it didn’t disappoint. Certainly not fancy(food or location) but that’s how I like my Mexican food.

    If you like your Mexican on the spicier side then check out Los Dos Molinos. Good margaritas too.

    If you like less traditional Mexican fare then you’d love Barrio Cafe.

      1. I get the Chile Colorado with flour tortillas. The tortillas are soft and warm and sop up all the yummy red sauce from the meat, drool. Crap now I need a trip to Phoenix.

          1. It’s best when they use pork instead of beef but you can’t always find it. Used to have a place here in Calistoga that made it with pork but they’re gone. I found a small chain in Fresno that used pork but…Fresno. Haven’t found a bay area joint that uses pork yet.

            Did you ever make it to Acapulco in Alameda before it closed?

            1. Never had it with pork, gotta try that. The taco trucks in Oakland don’t make Chile Colorado but the pastor and carnitas are hella good.

              1. If I ever find myself there and hungry I’ll check them out. I’m forever on the hunt for good mexican.

              2. Do you ever watch Anthony Bordain? He did an episode on the Oakland Taco trucks. They show him eating at Tacos Sinaloa.

  5. Jay Glazer just reported that the refs from last week’s 49ers-Bears game flagged Colin Kaepernick for saying the n-word to Lamarr Houston.
    ————————–
    That’s weird, I wouldn’t have thought Houston was a German name.

  6. Jay Glazer just reported that the refs from last week’s 49ers-Bears game flagged Colin Kaepernick for saying the n-word to Lamarr Houston.
    ———————–
    Is it considered ok if it’s preceded with “My?”

  7. Think everyone could’ve guessed what it is that Kap said to Lamarr Houston. The question is…does he lose some character by lying about saying nothing??

    1. Lose character? Maybe to him that was nothing. But the bigger issue is this, why in the hell would him or any athlete lose character because they didn’t come out and tell a “fan” exactly what was said on a football field.

      Note to casual fan, atheletes dont have to tell you anything just because you want them to. Aside from doing something criminalistic, and blatantly lyin about it, (ray rice). They don’t lose character because they said my n…., f u n…., etc.

      1. They lose character for being blatant jack asses and lyin about it.
        Oh yea, should harbaugh lose ccharacter when he is asked what and when cetain thibgs are said, and he awnseres nothing, or that’s between us, or thats a family matter?? Hmm

      2. So, I get it Steele…wasn’t looking for him to divulge exactly what he said. It’s just that he said he didn’t say anything to him at all…that’s it.

        It was just a question of people’s opinion on it…that’s all…no big deal.

  8. I have a couple of interesting ideas.
    Maybe put Boone in as Right Tackle and let martin or looney take over the right guard.
    and
    with 2 starting linebackers out, maybe play more 4 – 3

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