In the spirit of Thanksgiving I just wanted to take a moment and appreciate how good we've been on both sides of the ball this year.
After the Saints game we're allowing just 4.5 yards per play on defense. On offense we are averaging 6.1 yards per play.
Obviously the differential there is a good thing, but how good is it? That's tied with Pittsburgh for #1 in the league on defense, and #2 in the league on offense behind the Redskins.
On defense, we are top 3 on a per play basis against both the pass and the run. We've come to expect excellence on defense, and they've lived up to the hype. I know it seems like the run D has been a notch below last year, but looking at the whole season, they haven't fallen off much at all and they've made huge strides against the pass. There's no question in my mind they are the best in the league all around.
On offense, we are #1 in yards per play rushing and #6 in yards per play passing. The only reason we're as low as 6th is we've taken a lot more sacks than other efficient passing teams. Our offense is much better than most people think because we are commonly judged on a per game basis. Our yards and points per game are going to be lower because we intentionally control the clock and limit number of possessions per game. But every time we snap the ball our average gain is better than the Patriots, the Saints or any of the commonly acknowledged top offenses. It's amazing to think of the progress that's been made since the dark days of the Raye Gun.
Harbaugh's Niners are now elite on both sides of the ball, and whether running or passing we are kicking a** and taking names. So now that you know all that, just one question in the poll below: