Golden Nuggets: Alex Smith And The Giants And Padres

I'm back again for another morning of the Nuggets. We've got a whole host of links this morning covering everything from the injury reports to Alex Smith's performances thus far to what Raheem Morris and Josh Freeman think about the 49ers. In case you're wondering, Morris and Freeman think stats are for losers. Thanks for the insight fellas. Although, stats definitely don't back up there last year and a half of performances, so I suppose if anybody is going to hate stats, it's them.

Of all the articles, arguably the most interesting is Maiocco's discussion of Alex Smith switching to a San Francisco Giants hat following games. He used to wear a Padres hat as he is originally from the San Diego area. He has been up in the Bay Area now since 2005 and is feeling a bit more comfortable in the area. I personally am not a Giants fan, but it's interesting to see the development of Smith off the field as well as more of a "Bay Area guy."

Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris praises Jim Harbaugh's work with 49ers (Sam Lam)

Kendall Hunter continues to make big impression on Jim Harbaugh (Sam Lam)

Injury report show that 49ers might have to make some lineup changes (Sam Lam)

QB elites: Rodgers, Manning .... Alex Smith? (Barrows)

First place teams meet at Candlestick (Barrows)

Notes: Dobbs, Williams competing for role on Sundays (Barrows)

Smith continues to make smart decisions for 49ers (Barrows)

Injuries: Sopoaga, Spencer miss Wednesday's practice (Barrows)

Source: Sopoaga battling a staph infection (Barrows)

Alex Smith's Bay Area loyalty (Maiocco)

Different feel to this 3-1 start for 49ers (Maiocco)

49ers' plan likely unchanged vs. Bucs (Maiocco)

49ers-Bucs injury report: Sopoaga sidelined by infection (Maiocco)

Potential impact of 49ers injuries (Maiocco)

Bucs’ Morris on 49ers: ‘You can just tell the attitude’s different’ (Branch)

Josh Freeman – impressed with 49ers defense (Lynch)

Forget stats, film tells Freeman about 49ers’ defense (Branch)

Aldon Smith’s big game included takedown of favorite QB (Branch)

Alex Smith becomes more efficient QB for 49ers (SF Gate)

Kendall Hunter’s big play provides teaching moment (SF Gate)

Bucs QB Freeman calls 49ers’ front-seven defense best he’ll face (SJ Mercury News)

Bucs coach dishes praise all over 49ers (SJ Mercury News)

Gore feeling better than week ago; so are 49ers (SJ Mercury News)

Sopoaga reportedly battling staph infection (SJ Mercury News)

So far, Smith playing smarter for 49ers (Press Democrat)

Isaac Sopoaga and Shawntae Spencer do not practice - Inside the 49ers (Grant Cohn)

Harbaugh: "That would be a compliment, to be a similar team to the Bucs." (Grant Cohn)

Alex Smith on thick skin, and more. (Grant Cohn)

The Niners have an 89.1% chance to make the playoffs. (Grant Cohn)

Smith continues to make smart decisions for 49ers (Press Democrat)

Josh Freeman on the 49ers D: "They don’t really pressure a whole lot." (Grant Cohn)

Five Questions with Blake Costanzo (49ers.com)

NFL Game Center: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers - 2011 Week 5 (NFL.com Preview)

Under coach Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers off to 3-1 start (SI.com)

Smith continues to make smart decisions for 49ers (Yahoo! Sports)

Upside-down NFL puts unexpected games in the spotlight – Audibles (SI.com)

On the 49ers' willingness to throw deep (Sando)

Week 5 rematches: NFC West vengeance? (Sando)

Yesterday on Niners Nation

Golden Nuggets: Your Late Night Link Dump Fill-In | Fooch
49ers vs. Buccaneers: A Look At Some Basic & Random Stats | Fooch
49ers Cornerback Carlos Rogers Showing Value | D.DeSimone
A Football Analyst's Wet Dream: Stuffing the Ballot Box at NFL.com | (Florida) Danny Tuccitto
The Media and the 49ers | Wes Hanson
49ers vs. Eagles: Charting Aldon Smith's Snaps | Fooch
49ers vs. Buccaneers: Frank Gore Says Ankle Is Feeling Better | Fooch
Alex Smith Discusses Cutting Down Turnovers | Fooch
49ers-Bucs Injury Report: Isaac Sopoaga, Shawntae Spencer Sit Out Practice | Fooch

Related Links from SB Nation Bay Area

49ers vs. Buccaneers Injury Report: Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree Limited On Wednesday (SB Nation Bay Area)

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