It's been a unique start to the NFL season, unlike any one in recent memory. With replacement refs, rookie QBs and missing pieces of ears, 2012 has made a unique imprint already.
The powers in the NFL have also been fluctuating, shifting to a new era of teams. The New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots have a combined record of 2-7. While the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers have a combined record of 8-1.
The Niners are coming off a loss to Minnesota in Week 3, where they looked completely out of character and caught off-guard. On the road, San Francisco is setup to rebound this week against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.
Far from the Bay Area, the 49ers will be looking to prove that last week was a fluke—a glitch—something that won't happen again—not without a fight.
As the Niners prepare for an NFC vs. AFC dog fight between two 2-1 teams, here are some things that San Francisco can do to put themselves in position to win on the road in Week 4.