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Golden Nuggets: Patrick Willis NFC Defensive POW, Isaac Sopoaga Practicing

Thursday, October 4, 2012 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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Good morning, everyone. Hate to do this to you all but what you are about to receive is an abbreviated Nuggets. I've got friends that are in town for just a few days and must attend to them. There's not much news to be had. A bit more flap over Carlos Rogers' comments that the Jets quit. Patrick Willis was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Some of our walking wounded are a bit less wounded. And the team is getting ready for the Buffalo Bills. You would find all of that out if you read on. Enjoy.....and sorry for the brevity.

49ers 34, Jets 0

Here's my article about the game that came and went. I, as a pessimist, found something wrong and analyzed it. Not because I'm a hater, but because I want to see it fixed. | Alex Smith, the long ball and third down. (Malone)

Carlos Rogers says the Jets looked like they didn't want to be there. (Bay Area SB Nation)

Film review: Examining Colin Kaepernick. (BASG)

Patrick Willis named NFC defensive player of the week. (CBS Sports)

Willis earns second career Player of Week award. (Inman)

Rex Ryan saw fatigue, 'no quit' vs 49ers. (ESPN)

Playbook: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers' 'QB power sweep' vs Jets. (Yahoo!)

Bills at 49ers

One of the big questions coming into the game is what will Buffalo do to shore up their leaky run defense. They have a good defensive line on paper, but gave up 247 yards on the ground to the Patriots last week. We ran up 245 yards rushing against the Jets. What can they do to stop us? | Will Buffalo sell-out to stop the run? (Faaborg)

Niner offensive line faces off against Bills pass rush. (Bay Area SB Nation)

Chan Gailey: Colin Kaepernick makes 49ers prep stressful. (Barrows)

Bills get to work preparing for Kaepernick. (Maiocco)

Bills - 49ers preview. (Yahoo!)

Roster News

Isaac Sopoaga back at practice on Wednesday. (Bay Area SB Nation)

Brandon Jacobs ready to play. (Bay Area SB Nation)

Practice report: NaVorro Bowman wearing black, Sopoaga practicing with all others. (Inman)

Bowman, Rogers, Sopoaga limited at practice. (Maiocco)

Assorted News

More distressing news on the statistical front. The 49ers have the worst hands in the league so far this season. That is not a good sign. Mario Manningham could have caught a deep pass that would have gone for a touchdown. It's a wonder what Alex Smith's QB rating would be if we caught the passes he threw. | Drop stats: 49ers' hands not the best we've seen. (Sando)

Frank Gore not bothered by sharing the football. (Bay Area SB Nation)

Moss watch: Why he isn't playing more. (Sando)

No punts necessary; 1992 game remains historic. (CBS Sports)

Willie Mays visits practice. (CBS Sports)

Andy Lee kicks despite significant injury. (Mercury News)

Harbaugh lauds the work of his defense. (Mercury News)

Sights and sounds back in Youngstown, er, Santa Clara. (Inman)

Security breach: Harbaugh reveals F. Soft infiltrated 49ers facility. (Barrows)

Alex Smith and the deep ball: 'It's a fine line'. (Maiocco)

Coach's notebook: October 3. (

Alex Smith produces best stat of all. (

49ers guarding against complacency. (Press Democrat)

Videos / Assorted Media

The Remix: 49ers at Jets. (

Press Pass: Alex Smith. (

Press Pass: Jim Harbaugh. (

Press Pass: Donte Whitner. (

49ers and FLY visit Santa Clara juvenile hall. (

Conference call: Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. (

Conference call: Bills HC Chan Gailey. (

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