Sunday against Cleveland, Frank Gore has the opportunity to put together his fourth consecutive game with 100 yards rushing, something hes never done in his career.
I would love for that to happen, Gore said shaking his head and smiling. But I really havent been thinking about what I do. Just thinking as long as keep winning. First time in this situation, and Im very happy. I just want to keep it going.
Expect a big dose of No. 21 against the Browns. In six games, Cleveland has allowed two backs to run over the century mark -- the Bengals' Cedric Benson (121 yardsTD) and the Titans' Chris Johnson (101 yards). The Browns' rushing defense ranks 19th in the league. But their passing defense is stingy, ranked second best and allowing only 172 yards per game.
Their corners are doing a phenomenal job of coverage. Safeties are very active and always in the right spot, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. They are the kind of defense that if youre going to score, do it in 12 plays. They try to put the pressure back on you to execute.
While their passing offense continues to develop, executing the run game is something the 49ers have done quite well. San Francisco has averaged 193.3 rushing yards a game over the last three games. Gore has 394 yards and three touchdowns during that same time frame, and is set to do much, much more.
Only the third player to rush for more than 6,000 yards in team history, the 28-year-old is on pace to take over the top spot on the 49ers' all-time rushing list. With 110 yards more he will pass Roger Craig (7,064 yards) for second place. Another 390 yards more and he takes the top spot from Joe Perry (7,344 yards). Its more than reasonable to think Gore will become the teams most prolific running back before the end of the regular season, but for right now, hes not looking past Sunday.
When you watch film on the Browns they are very disciplined against the run, Gore said. It's going to be a good test for us. I feel as long as we go out there and do what we're supposed to do, I think we'll be fine in the running game.