Frank Gore is having a very good season. He’s on pace to rush for 1,300 yards and 8 touchdowns.
He runs behind the best run blocking offensive line in the NFL. Still, he’s looked like a premier running back at times.
He sealed the win over the Packers with a beautiful 23-yard touchdown run.
He also sealed the loss against the Vikings with a fourth-quarter fumble.
He can no longer carry the load – he’s good for about 15 carries a game. After that, he’s averaging 3.5 yards per carry.
He’s not a great third-down back anymore, either. Pro Football Focus grades him as the 31st best blocking running back this season.
But he still ranks 2nd among running backs in yards per carry, and for that he gets tremendous credit.
MIDTERM GRADE: B+.