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49ERS RUN OFFENSE VS RAVENS RUN DEFENSE
Middle linebacker Ray Lewis is expected to be a game-time decision and the Ravens could certainly use their leading tackler against one of the top rushing attacks that they'll face all season. San Francisco is sixth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 134.2 yards. Frank Gore (pictured) is considered one of the league's most versatile and dangerous backs. Running behind a physical offensive line that includes three San Francisco first-round picks in Joe Staley, Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, Gore is eighth in the league with 870 rushing yards. He has five 100-yard rushing games this season and is the only player in the NFL to have four games of 125 or more rushing yards. He also needs just 61 rushing yards to become the franchise's leading rusher. The Ravens have the fifth-ranked rushing defense in the NFL, allowing 93.2 yards per game. They have allowed rushing touchdowns in four straight games, including surrendering two last week to the Bengals' Cedric Benson. The Ravens' middle run stuffers, Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody, so stout earlier this season, have made less of an impact in recent games, and Ngata has been playing through a thigh injury.
November 20, 2011