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Fangio blitzes less, but gets better results

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Fangio blitzes less, but gets better results

SANTA CLARA -- There's been a lot written already about the New Orleans Saints' blitz-happy defense. And, yes, I'll probably be writing and talking a lot more about that subject in the coming days.But, perhaps, the focus is misguided.After all, the opposition attempted 626 passes against the Saints this season. And with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' crazy blitzing attack, the Saints managed only 33 sacks and nine interceptions. The opposition had a passer rating of 86.4 against New Orleans.Meanwhile, Vic Fangio did not dial up quite the array of blitzes with the 49ers defense. Yet, the 49ers recorded 42 sacks and 23 interceptions . . . on 47 fewer pass attempts than those faced by the Saints. Opposing quarterbacks managed a 73.6 rating against the 49ers.
So it seems to me that the Saints' defensive style was a lot less effective than the 49ers' during the regular season.

Report: 49ers will play at Packers on Monday Night Football

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Report: 49ers will play at Packers on Monday Night Football

We won't know the full 49ers 2018 schedule until 5pm, but we are starting to learn some specifics.

The 49ers will play at the Packers on Oct. 15, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

That will be in prime time on Monday Night Football.

We already know of another prime time game for the 49ers: Thursday, Nov. 1 at home against the Raiders.

San Francisco and Green Bay did not play in 2017 or 2016.

The last meeting between the franchises was on Oct. 4, 2015 -- a 17-3 Packers win at Levi's Stadium.

Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers opened the 2012 season with a 30-22 win at Lambeau Field.

The 49ers then beat the Packers 45-31 in the divisional round of the playoffs.

In 2013, the 49ers beat the Packers in the season opener, 34-28.

Four months later, San Francisco prevailed in a wild card game, 23-20.

Check back at 5pm as 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco will provide analysis and a prediction for every 2018 regular season game...

 

Source: 49ers vs Raiders scheduled for prime time

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Source: 49ers vs Raiders scheduled for prime time

The 49ers and Raiders will meet this season in a prime-time game in Santa Clara.

The Bay Area’s NFL teams are scheduled to meet at Levi's Stadium in Week 9, on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:20 p.m., NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair and Matt Maiocco are reporting via a league source.

The teams last met on Dec. 7, 2014, in Oakland. The Raiders won 24-13. The last regular-season meeting on the 49ers’ home field was Oct. 17, 2010. The 49ers won 17-9 at Candlestick Park.

The Raiders lead the all-time regular-season series, 7-6, with the 49ers winning three of the past four meetings since 2002.

The teams’ preseason series was ended in 2011 after numerous reports of violence in and around Candlestick Park.

The 49ers have hosted Thursday night games in each of the five seasons since the opening of Levi’s Stadium. It will mark the fifth consecutive season the Raiders have played a Thursday night game. Oakland's only other road game during that period was in 2016 at Kansas City.

The NFL is scheduled to announce the times and dates of all regular-season games Thursday at 5 p.m.