Saints Travel to 49ers Game Preview

Doug Miller, NewOrleansSaints.com
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 – 10:42 AM

New Orleans Saints (2-4) at San Francisco 49ers (2-4)

Last Week: Saints defeated Atlanta, 22-16; SF lost at Giants, 33-15

Last Game Between Two Teams: 12/3/06: 49ers 10 at Saints 34. New Orleans RB Reggie Bush totals 168 yards from scrimmage & adds 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) to lead Saints.

Last Game at Site: 11/11/01: 49ers 28, Saints 27. 49ers QB Jeff Garcia throws for 252 yards & 4 TDs including 100 yards & 2 TDs to WR Terrell Owens.

Broadcast Information: FOX (1:15 PM PT): Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson. Westwood One Radio: Harry Kalas, Jim Fassel. SIRIUS: 125 (NO), 122 (SF). Saints Radio Network: 870 AM WWL is the flagship station. Jim Henderson, Hokie Gajan, Gus Kattengill. Saints En Espanol: WFNO (830 AM) is the Spanish-language affiliate of the Saints. Marco Garcia handles the play-by-play duties, while Hector Pineda provides the color commentary.


SAINTS: Have scored 50 points in past 2 vs. 51 points in 1st 4 games…QB DREW BREES is 2-0 vs. 49ers in career & has passed for 522 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT in 2 meetings. When Brees has rating of 110+, his teams are 17-2 (.895)…RB REGGIE BUSH had career-high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in only game vs. SF. Had career-best 131 rec. yards (9 catches) in that contest, incl. career-long 74-yard reception. Became 1st player since 1967 with 100+ rec. yards & 3+ rush TDs in game. Rookie RB PIERRE THOMAS aims for 3rd game in row with TD…WR MARQUES COLSTON has 96 catches & needs 4 to reach 100 in career. WR DEVERY HENDERSON has 9 career TDs (347 yards) & averages 38.6 yards per TD catch. ERIC JOHNSON ties for 2nd among NFC TEs with 28 catches…DE CHARLES GRANT aims for 3rd in row vs. SF with sack. DE WILL SMITH has 8 sacks in past 13. Had sack & FF in only game vs. 49ers. CB MIKE MCKENZIE had 2 INTs in last meeting. S JOSH BULLOCKS had INT in only game vs. SF.

49ERS: Club is 5-0 when QB ALEX SMITH has 95+ passer rating. QB TRENT DILFER had career-high 151.5 passer rating vs. NO (11/7/99), completing 15 of 20 passes (75 percent) for 227 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs…When RB FRANK GORE has 20+ carries, 49ers are 8-1 (.889). In those 9, Gore has 1,252 yards (139.1 per game). RB MORAN NORRIS blocked punt for safety last week…WR ARNAZ BATTLE had 17-yard TD last week. Battle has reception in 26 games in row. WR DARRELL JACKSON had 7 catches for 98 yards in last game vs. NO (9/12/04 with Sea.). Jackson’s teams are 3-0 vs. Saints. Had TD reception last week vs. NYG…DE BRYANT YOUNG has 6.5 sacks in past 8 vs. NO. When Young has 1+ sacks, 49ers are 38-19 (.667). LB BRANDON MOORE had sack last week. DE MARQUES DOUGLAS has 2.5 sacks in past 5. Rookie LB PATRICK WILLIS (No. 11) leads team in tackles. LB DEREK SMITH had INT last week.


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