49ers vs. Cardinals: 5 Halftime Adjustments for the 49ers to Win

Aron GlatzerAnalyst INovember 20, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on November 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers (8-1) are looking to extend their seven-game winning streak in the rain at home against the Arizona Cardinals (3-6) in Week 11 NFL play.

The 49ers received great news with Frank Gore being able to suit up and play, despite being iffy all week with knee and ankle injuries.

To extend the winning streak over a fellow member of the NFC West, the 49ers will need to make the following changes in the second half.


5. Have Patrick Willis Give David Akers a Motivational Speech

Akers has been extremely reliable in the field goal game, so his blocked and missed first two attempts are definitely uncharacteristic. If this game remains close, Akers channeling the guy who makes everything will be key to a 49er win in the rain.

Connecting on the chip shot on his third attempt to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead, followed by sneaking a 43-yarder in the right upright is a step in the right direction. Then again, having the next one blocked means the issues aren't solved yet.


4. Continue Forcing John Skelton to Throw the Ball

The guy looks out of sync, and is struggling mightily to get anything going. The only pass he completed in his first five went to


3. Capitalize in the Red Zone

The 49ers had six red zone opportunities in the first half, and wound up with only nine points on the board as a result. That is an absolutely pathetic statistic.


2. Steady dose of Gore.

The 49ers are owning time of possession. The Cardinals defense will be starting to tire, and the 49ers must really get the ground game going to effectively wear them down.


1. Take Chances Offensively

The Arizona Cardinals have been completely held in check by the stout 49ers D. As a result, the offense has the freedom to take more chances, knowing the D can bail them out if needed. A great example was throwing on 4th-and-2. They'll need to continue to stay away from being too conservative if they want to reach the end zone.