With almost a quarter of the 2012 regular season in the books, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the team San Francisco is fielding this year.
The 49ers (2-1) have toppled two NFC titans in the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. However, they fell victim to a trap game on the road in Minnesota against the Vikings. As the season progresses, the perception of the Niners will remain that they are a force to be reckoned with—one loss isn't going to change that.
On paper, San Francisco has one of the better teams in the league, and it shows on game day. This is a team that can beat you in a lot of different ways, which consistently makes them a threat. When discussing the more balanced and fundamentally sound teams in the league, the first two commonly mentioned are the Houston Texans and the 49ers.
The Niners are one of the more resilient teams, who match up well against just about anyone. With all their strengths, they still do have some apparent weaknesses. There are elements that are going to help San Francisco win games and some that could cost them.
For more on the 49ers strengths and weaknesses, proceed through the following slides as we identity and discuss both.