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Willis lays down the gauntlet

Posted by Darren Urban on December 14, 2009 – 9:47 am

Last week, Darnell Dockett insisted he didn’t want to provide any bulletin board material for the 49ers. The Cards seemed to be careful about that, and there wasn’t much coming out of San Francisco either, until Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis decided to talk about the Cardinals’ running game.

“We’re not worried about the run,” Willis told Bay Area reporters. “We know that they’re not going to run the ball on us. They will not run the ball on us.”

OK, so it’s not exactly guaranteeing a win. But it is an interesting comment given that the Cards have run the ball much better over the last five games. In that span the Cards are averaging 135 rushing yards per game and almost five yards a carry. The Cards had 113 yards rushing (and averaged 4.5 yards a carry) against the Vikings, who had the third-best rushing defense in the league. The 49ers are fifth against the run.

Now, the 49ers have reason to be confident, seeing they held the Cards to 40 rushing yards in the teams’ first meeting. And part of Willis’ point is that the Cards have a very good passing game, one that will be much better tonight with a healthy Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston compared to the first meeting. Still, Tim Hightower is running the ball well much better than before (Hightower had just 15 yards on eight carries in the opener; he has 215 yards on just 31 carries the past three games) and Beanie Wells is improved as well. It would seem the Cards have a chance to prove Willis otherwise.


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11 Responses to “Willis lays down the gauntlet”

  1. By Dave on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    That ALMOST makes me wanna run the ball down his throat. But NOT QUITE. With Nate gone we should be able to see a big game from Fitz and Q, but I’d still like to see the Tim and Beanie show get around 125 yards or so.

    OK…so what! I’d rather see ‘em get 225. So would YOU!

  2. By Chris on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    what i’m really looking forward to is wilson and rolle destroying hill and gore… imagine what we could do to them if we played like we did last week… 49ers fans will be leaving the stadium with bags over their heads to hide their shame.

  3. By Big Red on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    My guess is another fabulously well-balanced offensive effort, coupled with our stellar defense to CLINCH!

  4. By spitfire772 on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    I’m so excited for this game. Of course, I hope that we run for 200 and throw for 400 and win by 30 or 40 (wouldn’t mind us running up the score), but that’s because the Cards have played so well lately. I see why some say it will be a close game, but I think we win 31-17, with Fitz/Warner/Boldin having big games.

  5. By tarlsampson on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    I predict much of the same that we have been doing. A well balanced offense, hitting them in all directions, and overwhelming them with pure ferocity. :O)

  6. By bigpimpin75 on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    listen to all you clowny cardinal fans you wont b talking when your picking kurt winer off candle stick in a stretcher well see tonight haters

  7. By bigpimpin75 on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    and you aint clinching nothing but ice bags and hot tubs lol

  8. By Ditship on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    Willis will probably make just about every tackle for his team in the game just like every other game so I guess it’ll be up to him how successful we are running. So I guess if anyone was going to talk on their team it should be him.

    I would really love to see Beanie get going this game. Hightower keeps playing solid.

  9. By JOE M.D. on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    TO SEE THE CARDINALS PLAY GOOD IS NOTHING WE ALL HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE,BUT TO SEE THEM PLAY GOOD AND WIN ON THE 49ERS HOME TURF AND TAKE THE DIVISION TITTLE AND SINK THE 49ERS PLAYOFFS HOPES AND AND….WELL YOU NO THE REST. GO AZ CARDS

  10. By chris on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    superbowl hang over curse what huh what curse haha the one the cards are gonna break

  11. By JAMI on Dec 14, 2009 | Reply

    WHAT HAPPENED,OOOPS ARIZONA OWNED WOW! YOU JUST DONT MATCH UP. OH WELL PLAYING LIKE THAT NO CHANCE IN HELL FOR A SUPERBOWL SHOT.THE FACT IS IF YOU PRESSURE WARNER HE CRUMBLES JUST LIKE FARVE. WHAT IS SAD IS ARIZONA IS RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND THE 9ERS ARE YOUNG.

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