Alex Smith says defenses have been gearing up to take Vernon Davis away from the 49ers' offense, and it's opened up things for others.
Davis has just five catches for 71 scoreless yards over his last three games, combined. "I see a lot of teams trying to take away the big play in the passing game from Vernon," Smith said. "... But in taking that away, it's opened up a lot underneath for other guys. That's why he had so much catch-and-run from our receivers Monday night." These things tend to come full circle. With Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss coming off Week 8 big plays, Davis could easily be the guy open more when the 49ers emerge from their Week 9 bye.