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Sunday, October 28, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.
Good morning. It's another Sunday that our beloved 49ers don't take the field. Monday Night Football is our fate this week and I'm ready for it. I can't wait for someone to crunch Calais Campbell into the ground. Not in a bad way. It's just part of the fun. Mike Iupati-based fun, which differs from most, in that he's massive. It should be a good game for us. If we stick to the same game plan from the second-half of the Seahawks game, we should be able to leave Arizona with a victory. Offensively, the Cardinals rank near the bottom in many categories, made even worse with John Skelton at QB. Kevin Kolb had been serviceable when healthy. In a perfect, bite-sized illustration of what their season is, Kolb took over the starting job when Skelton went down with injury and relinquished it back when he suffered his own. Both of the Cardinals top two options at halfback are out, as well, and the offensive line is the worst in the League. There's not much to get excited about with the Cardinals offense. Their defense, however, is top-shelf and will probably give the 49ers offense fits of their own. Low scoring is the forecast. Stick to the game plan!
Week 8: 49ers at Cardinals
Last week, Will Tukuafu crushed Richard Sherman, who would go on to run his mouth all week. This week, Mike Iupati goes up against this week's 'Needs a Crushing' player of the week. Hopefully Calais Cambell will be getting pancaked all day long. | 49ers key matchup No. 3: Iupati vs Cambell. (Maiocco)
Christian Gin gives us his keys to victory for the 49ers. Establish the run game is at the top of the list, as it should be. Beware of Larry Fitzgerald! | 49ers vs Cardinals: Five keys to victory. (Gin)
Hey, it's my preview. I go out on a limb and predict the 49ers will shut out the Cardinals. They're beat up, have the worst line in the league, and are near or at the bottom of most offensive indicators. Third-string running backs and John Skelton aren't going to get the job done. It's up to their special teams unit and opportunistic defense because this offense isn't leaving the station. | Arizona offense vs 49ers defense - recipe for a shutout. (Malone)
49ers well-prepared for AZ wideouts. (49ers.com)
Injury / Roster News
What's the biggest concern going into the game. Well, Frank Gore's health. He's still sore from a shot to the ribs suffered in the Thursday night win over the Seahawks. He is officially listed as probable. | Frank Gore says rib pain has lessened 'a lot'. (Branch)
Lately, we haven't played well offensively. Vernon Davis has been relatively absent during these last two weeks. Conincidence? A lot has been written about Greg Roman not calling enough plays for him but teams are game planning to stop him like never before. | Defenses take Vernon Davis out of the game. (Branch)
Jed York and his wife Danielle have welcomed a baby boy named Jaxon Edward. Coach Harbaugh recently added to his collection. | Team's baby boom continues: CEO Jed York, wife Danielle, welcome son Jaxon. (Inman)
Aldon Smith aims high for the Niners, sort of. (Pro Football Talk)
Coach's Notebook: Oct. 27. (49ers.com)
49ers prepare for division rival. (49ers.com)
Press pass: Jonathan Goodwin. (49ers.com)
Press Pass: Jim Harbaugh. (49ers.com)
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