NFC West Week 4 Preview: By the Numbers

As the Seahawks and 49ers prepare to square off down by the Bay, the Cardinals get ready for a Steelers team that's as hot as any in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Rams are just trying to keep their heads up after an 0-3 start and several debilitating injuries - but facing a solid Dallas team won't help their efforts. Here are the numbers and facts that will get you ready for Week 4.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)

SERIES

 

SEAHAWKS

49ERS

SERIES LEADER

8-8

 

STREAKS

 

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Holmgren: 11-5

Nolan: 2-2

LAST WEEK

W 24-21 vs. Bengals

L 37-16 at Steelers

LAST GAME

11/19/06: Seahawks 14 at 49ers 24.  San Francisco RB Frank Gore runs for franchise-record 212 yards & 49ers score on 4 of 1st 6 possessions to take 20-0 halftime lead.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/14/06: 49ers 24, Seahawks 14.  San Francisco scores TDs on 3 4th-quarter drives (90, 73, 86) & RB Frank Gore runs for 144 yards.

BROADCAST

FOX (1:05 PM PT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 181 (Sea.), 125 (SF).

STATS

PASSING

Hasselbeck: 63-97-751-5-2-97.1

A. Smith: 43-83-461-1-1-67.4

RUSHING

Alexander: 66-275 (3C)-4.2-2

Gore: 52-175-3.4-3 (T2C)

RECEIVING

Branch: 13-199-15.3-1

Jackson: 11-166-15.1-0

OFFENSE

348.3

223.0

TAKE/GIVE

+3 (T2C)

+2

DEFENSE

375.7

334.3

SACKS

Peterson: 2.0

Young: 4.0 (2C)

INTs

3 tied: 1

W. Harris, Spencer: 1

PUNTING

Plackemeier: 41.1

Lee: 47.3 (2C)

KICKING

Brown: 22 (7/7 PAT; 5/5 FG)

Nedney: 23 (5/5 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS:  QB MATT HASSELBECK has won 6 of past 7 starts vs. SF.  Has 105.8 passer rating in past 5 vs. 49ers, completing 98 of 151 passes (64.9 pct.) for 1,218 yards with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs.  Seahawks are 20-6 (.769) when Hasselbeck has 100+ rating…RB SHAUN ALEXANDER has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career games vs. SF.  In past 5 vs. 49ers, Alexander has 493 yards (98.6 per game) & 6 TDs.  Alexander has 47 TDs (45 rush, 2 rec.) in 45 career division games.  Seahawks are 47-17 (.734) when Alexander has rush TD…In last game at SF, WR DEION BRANCH had 7 catches for 113 yards with 1 TD (38 yards).  Incl. playoffs, when Branch has TD catch, his teams are 17-3 (.850).
WR-PR NATE BURLESON has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 PR) as Seahawk & averages 30.6 yards per TD…LB JULIAN PETERSON has 12 sacks in 19 games with Seattle after spending 1st 6 seasons with SF where he had 21.5 sacks.  S DEON GRANT had INT & FR last week…49ERS:  QB ALEX SMITH was 2-0 last year vs. Seahawks, completing 33 of 50 passes (60 pct.) for 325 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.2 passer rating.  Posted 100+ rating in both games & club is 5-0 when Smith has passer rating of 95+…In 2 games vs. Sea. last year, RB FRANK GORE rushed for 356 yards (178 per game), incl. career-high & franchise-record 212 yards (11/19/06).  In past 9 division games, Gore has 1,203 scrimmage yards (133.7 per game) & 12 TDs…WR DARRELL JACKSON faces former team for 1st time.  Played 7 seasons in Sea. (2000-06) & had 441 catches for 6,445 yards & 47 TDs.  WR ARNAZ BATTLE had 5 catches for 97 yards in last meeting.  WR TAYLOR JACOBS had 21-yard TD catch last week, 1st with SF…CB WALT HARRIS had 2 INTs in last meeting at SF.  Rookie LB PATRICK WILLIS (No. 11) leads team in tackles.  In career, when DE BRYANT YOUNG has 1+ sack, 49ers are 38-19 (.667).  LB HANNIBAL NAVIES had sack, FF & FR last week vs. Pit.

ST. LOUIS RAMS (0-3) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (3-0)

SERIES

 

RAMS

COWBOYS

SERIES LEADER

10-9

 

STREAKS

2 of past 3

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Linehan: 0-0

Phillips: 0-1

LAST WEEK

L 24-3 at Buccaneers

W 34-10 at Bears

LAST GAME

1/1/06: Rams 20 at Cowboys 10.  St. Louis defense forces 4 2nd-half turnovers en route to victory.

LAST GAME AT SITE

1/1/06

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 126 (StL.), 114 (Dal.).

STATS

PASSING

Bulger: 63-109-651-2-3-69.8

Romo: 51-88-860 (3C)-8 (T1C)-2-111.9 (1C)

RUSHING

B. Leonard (R): 4-21-5.3-0

Barber: 40-256-6.4-4 (T1L)

RECEIVING

Holt: 18-210-11.7-2

Owens: 16-329 (2C)-20.6-3 (T3C)

OFFENSE

291.7

420.3 (2C)

TAKE/GIVE

-3

+7 (1L)

DEFENSE

298.3 (1C)

337.0

SACKS

Ryan (R): 2.0

Ware: 2.0

INTs

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Henry: 4 (1L)

PUNTING

Jones: 45.8

McBriar: 43.7

KICKING

Wilkins: 20 (2/2 PAT; 6/9 FG)

Folk: 32 (1C) (14/14 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

RAMS:  Have won 2 of past 3 in series…QB MARC BULGER has 97 career TD passes & needs 3 for 100.  Has passed for 3+ TDs in game 10 times & Rams are 8-2 (.800) in those contests…Club's 2nd round pick BRIAN LEONARD (No. 52) makes 1st career start.  Played 47 games at Rutgers & set 3 school records – receptions (207), points (272) & all-purpose yards (5,961)…WR TORRY HOLT has catch in 124 consecutive games.  In career, Holt has 1st down or TD on 68.9 pct. of receptions (503 of 730).  ISAAC BRUCE is 2nd among active WRs with 901 catches & 13,555 yards…When DT LA'ROI GLOVER has 2+ sacks, his teams are 13-2 (.867).  Glover played 4 seasons with Cowboys (2002-05).  DE LEONARD LITTLE had 2.5 sacks & 1 FF in last game vs. Dal. & has 3.5 sacks in 2 career meetings.  DT CLIFTON RYAN is tied for lead among NFC rookies with 2 sacks.  DE TREVOR JOHNSON had 1st career sack last week…K JEFF WILKINS ties for 2nd in NFC with 6 FGs & ties for longest FG in NFL this season (53 yards)…COWBOYS:  Are 3-0 for 14th time in franchise history & have made playoffs 13 previous times.  Have scored 116 points in 1st 3 games, 2nd most since 1970 (119, StL in 2000)...QB TONY ROMO is 9-4 (.692) as starter with 3,501 yards & 24 TDs vs. 12 INTs for 99.7 passer rating.  Romo is only 3rd QB in SB era to pass for 3,500+ yards in 1st 13 starts, joining KURT WARNER (3,559) & Rams QB Bulger (3,534)…RB MARION BARBER has scored TD in 14 of past 18 (21 TDs) & ties for NFL lead this year with 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.).  Rushed for 102 yards & scored 2 TDs last week.  Cowboys are 9-3 (.750) when RB JULIUS JONES rushes for 90+ yards…WR TERRELL OWENS has caught 15 TDs in past 15 games.  Owens had 8 catches for 145 yards last week.  JASON WITTEN has 231 receptions & 2,724 yards since 2004, 3rd among TEs in both categories.  Had 19-yard TD reception in last meeting.  Offense leads NFL averaging 7.2 yards per 1st down play…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 17.5 sacks in past 21 games, incl. 2 last week.  Had 1 sack in last meeting between teams.  Defense has forced 10 takeaways, tied for most in NFL.  Club's +7 turnover differential is best in league.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-0) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-2)

SERIES

 

STEELERS

CARDINALS

SERIES LEADER

31-22-3

 

STREAKS

Past 2

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Tomlin: 0-0

Whisenhunt: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 37-16 vs. 49ers

L 26-23 at Ravens

LAST GAME

11/9/03: Cardinals 15 at Steelers 28.  Pittsburgh QB Tommy Maddox throws 3 TD passes & Steelers score 3 TDs in a span of 6 minutes in 3rd-quarter.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/30/97: Steelers 26, Cardinals 20 (OT).  Pittsburgh RB Jerome Bettis runs for 142 yards & 3 TDs, including game-winning 10-yard run in OT.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:15 PM MST): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.  SIRIUS: 122 (Pit.), 130 (Ari.).

STATS

PASSING

Roethlisberger: 46-77-563-6-1-102.9

Leinart: 46-85-454-2-3-62.6

RUSHING

Parker: 74-368 (1L)-5.0-1

James: 60-277 (2C)-4.6-2

RECEIVING

Miller (TE): 10-151-15.1-1

Boldin: 22 (1C)-286-13.0-3 (T3C)

OFFENSE

378.3

352.0

TAKE/GIVE

+3 (2C)

-1

DEFENSE

244.3 (2L)

312.3

SACKS

3 tied: 2.0

Dansby, Dockett: 2.5

INTs

3 tied: 1

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PUNTING

Sepulveda (R): 38.7

Barr: 39.7

KICKING

Reed: 37 (1L) (10/10 PAT; 9/9 FG)

Rackers: 27 (T2C) (6/6 PAT; 7/9 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS:  MIKE TOMLIN aims to become 1st rookie head coach in franchise history to start season 4-0 & 1st in NFL since JIM MORA (2004)…Team looks to start 4-0 for 1st time since 1979…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 11-1 record (.916) with 16 TDs vs. 6 INTs & 101.9 passer rating as starter vs. NFC.  RB WILLIE PARKER posted 16th career 100-yard rushing game last week.  Has 100+ rushing yards in 6 of past 7 dating back to '06 & team is 15-1 (.933) when Parker has 100+ yards.  In 9 career starts vs. NFC, Parker has 177 carries for 883 yards (5.0 avg.) & 3 TDs…WR HINES WARD has 59 career TD receptions & needs 5 to set Steelers all-time record (JOHN STALLWORTH, 63)…TE HEATH MILLER reached 1,000 yard receiving mark for career last week…Club is 7-2 (.778) when S TROY POLAMALU has INT…LBs JAMES FARRIOR, CLARK HAGGANS & rookie LA MARR WOODLEY lead team with 2 sacks each…KR-PR ALLEN ROSSUM returned 1st KR for TD as Steeler last week – his 1st KOR TD since 12/29/02 vs. Sea (with Atl.)…CARDINALSHead coach KEN WHISENHUNT faces former team.  Was Steelers TE coach (2001-03) & offensive coordinator (2004-06), helping team to SB XL victory…QB MATT LEINART has 200+ yards in all 7 career starts at home…RB EDGERRIN JAMES is last player with 100-yard rush game (124 yards) vs. Steelers (11/28/05 with Ind.).  When James has 100+ rush yards, his teams are 47-6 (.887).  In 2 career games vs. Pit. (both with Ind.), James has 269 scrimmage yards (186 rush, 83 rec.).  James had career-best 11 receptions in 10/21/02 meeting...WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had career-best 14 catches for 181 yards & 2 TDs last week.  In only career meeting (11/9/03), Boldin had 8 catches for 118 yards & 1TD.  WR LARRY FITZGERALD has TD catch in 6 of past 8 vs. AFC.  WR BRYANT JOHNSON had 54-yard TD in last meeting…In past 11 vs. AFC, DE BERTRAND BERRY has 10.5 sacks & 7 FFsBerry has 6.5 sacks in past 8 games.  LB KARLOS DANSBY has 7 sacks in past 5 interconference contests.  Dansby has 10.5 sacks in past 14 games.


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