San Francisco 49ers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Through Week 4

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San Francisco 49ers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Through Week 4
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The 49ers have started off the season clicking on almost every cylinder. An early-season hiccup in Minnesota has largely been voided after a punishing victory over the Jets in the Meadowlands in Week 4. The 49ers have looked extremely solid in most every aspect of the game in their three wins and looked alarmingly normal in every facet in their lone loss.

This is a team that is going to win games with the same basic formula that got them to within a botched punt return of the Super Bowl: set the tempo early with the run game, get an early lead and use their stifling defense and grinding running style to slowly choke the opponent to death.

When the 49ers can establish this motif early in the game and force teams into their style of play, it often looks pretty. Physical, relentless, punishing and pretty to watch for old-school football fans.

But the 49ers can look bad at times, like any other team, and this team certainly has not established itself as being head and shoulders above all other contenders in the NFL yet.

So let's examine the good, the bad and the ugly from the season so far. The 49ers have displayed varying amounts of each after their first four games.

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