Two dominating wins against NFC playoff teams from a year ago, followed by a confounding loss to a big underdog.
Will the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up?
Give the Minnesota Vikings credit for executing their game plan to perfection against San Francisco (2-1) last week. Offensively, they stayed balanced, converted third downs and finished in the red zone. Defensively, they pressured the quarterback with their pass rush and forced three San Francisco turnovers.
But what happened to the 49ers pass rush, and who was that man masquerading as Alex Smith?
The 49ers will look to re-establish their identity against a 2-1 New York Jets team, and here are the ways they will look to do that.