The 49ers improved to 6-1 with a win at home over the Cleveland Browns in week 8 taking a commanding 4 game lead in the NFC West. Here are the winner’s of this week’s Hamm’s Pigskins of the Week.
Hamm’s Offensive Pigskin of the Week: Frank Gore: Gore turned in another stellar game rushing for 134 yards on 31 carries and another rushing touchdown. Week 8 was Gore’s 4th consecutive game with at least 1 rushing TD and 100 yards rushing. Gore also passed 49er great Roger Craig for 2nd all time on the 49ers career rushing list.
Page 2: Hamm’s Defensive and Wildcard Pigskins of the Week
Hamm’s Defensive Pigskin of the Week: Patrick Willis: While Willis’ fellow inside linebacker Navarro Bowman had more tackles than Willis (12 to 7) Willis’ impact was felt all over the field. With the emergence of Bowman as a similar tackling machine Willis’ game has evolved under new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Willis recorded a sack and 2 tackles for loss while delivering several big hits. Willis also has improved his coverage skills tremendously this season and is among the best in the NFL among ILBs a skill often ignored but vital to the 3-4 scheme the 49ers run.
Hamm’s Wildcard Pigskin of the Week: Braylon Edwards: While Edwards turned in a solid game with 4 catches for 42 yards on 7 targets his performance on the field Sunday vs. the Browns isn’t what earned him the pigskin. His sheer presence in the lineup and the encouraging sight of watching Edwards run fluid routes and cuts is an extremely encouraging sign for the 49ers offense. Sooner or later the 49ers are going to find themselves in a shootout and when they do having a WR like Edwards is going to be vital. If the team wants to go deep into the playoffs make no mistake Braylon will have to be a huge part of the offense. Sunday was the validation the 49ers needed proving a move for a veteran WR like Brandon Lloyd or even Terrell Owens is not necessary.
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