Golden Nuggets: "Hungry, desperate" backups thrash Texans

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Monday, October 7th, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

The 49ers put in a second straight dominant performance on Sunday on the back of old skool ground and pound offense coupled with solid five-turnover strong defense. Kaepernick put up numbers that were modest at best, but it was more than enough to get the job done. Will Kaepernick be able to rise to the challenge when the 49ers find themselves in a shootout or having to rally from behind? We'll have to wait and see. Injuries continued to haunt the 49ers on Sunday, but the day also saw the team's backups step in to the breach and perform at a high level. The 49ers have to feel good about where they stand. They've wrapped up a grueling five game start to the season and now head in to an easier stretch of games with a 3-2 record and sitting just one game back of Seattle.

Here are today's links...

BEAT WRITERS

Texans' offense outgained the 49ers 308 to 286 in total yards. | 49ers defense stout in 34-3 thrashing of Texans (Maiocco)

49ers exhaling after facing 2012 playoff teams in four of first five games. | 49ers rout Texans 34-3 (Inman)

At halftime, Brock had caught as many passes (two) as the 49ers' leading receivers. | Take it away, defense (Branch)

Was that the ghost of Alex Smith out there game-managing the 49ers offense Sunday night? | Colin Kaepernick manages just fine (Kawakami)

How exactly did Press Dem Raiders beat writer Phil Barber cover both the 49ers and Raiders games on Sunday night? | Houston no problem for 49ers (Barber)

"The O-line did a great job," Gore said. "That was the best front-seven we've faced." | 49ers cruise to 34-3 victory over Texans (Gin)

49ers rushed for 396 yards last two games. | San Francisco 49ers lean on running game (Goldberg)

49ers outscored opponents 69-14 in last two games. | Niners feast on Schaub's miscues in big win (AP)

If the 49ers stick as contenders in the NFC, it will be because of the defense. | 49ers thrive with dominant defense (Williamson/ESPN)

Vernon Davis: "Before the game I told Coach, 'Coach, you might see fire... Just know that I will not disrespect you, but there will be fire.' " | Speed a factor on biggest play for S.F. offense (Ostler)

Kaepernick’s pass attempts have gone down each week, from 39 in Green Bay to a career-low of 15 Sunday. | 49ers go back to the future in win over Houston (Ratto)

Media shy Tramaine Brock hounded by journos after two picks vs Texans. | 49ers Tramaine Brock sets tone with early pick-six (Brown)

INJURIES & BACKUPS

"It felt like a little bee sting," McDonald said. | DT McDonald will have MRI on biceps injury Monday (Branch)

Former 49ers’ LB Ken Norton Jr. played with a torn biceps two decades ago, but it left his arm permanently disfigured. | What’s ahead for Ray McDonald (Lynch)

Reservists CB Brock, LB Wilhoite, and DL Jerod-Eddie had big games. | Reserves step up in 49ers' defense-led victory (Maiocco)

Brock hadn't scored a TD since he played at tiny Belhaven University in Mississippi. "They don't compare to an NFL pick-six at all," he said. | Brock, 49ers defense dominate Texans (Barrows)

Wilhoite: "We approach the game hungry, desperate, willing to do anything." | Understudies step up to give 49ers defense big boost (Massei/AP)

Tramaine Brock is the undisputed nickel CB for the 49ers. | Brock solidifies full time CB position for 49ers (Gin)

NOTES & GRADES

Jerod-Eddie last pick before Sunday came his senior year at DeSoto High School in Texas. | 49ers notebook: Gore shakes it off, McDonald not so sure (Barber)





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