Many of the San Francisco 49ers faithful will invariably consider an article that hands out team awards after just five weeks a silly exercise.
Fan sentiments of journalistic prematurity notwithstanding, the 49ers have enjoyed an auspicious start to their 2012 campaign.
And that merits awards being given out.
Its sole loss came at the hands of an up-and-coming—and highly underrated—Minnesota Vikings club that also stands at 4-1.
The 49ers rank No. 3 in the NFL with 29.8 points per game and are sixth in total yards.
And as not to be outdone, the team’s rushing attack is No. 1 with 195.8 yards per game and a phenomenal 6.1 yards per carry.
Moving to the backbone of this squad, the defense holds the No. 2 spot in scoring and total yards, having allowed just four more yards per game than the Seahawks.
San Fran’s passing D—a unit some would deem as a weakness in 2011—has limited opponents to 181.2 yards per game, a mark also good for No. 2 in the NFL. It’s rushing defense remains a formidable unit at No. 7.
Even Brad Seely’s special teams lives in the world of the top five when it comes to kick returns.
With those palpably delightful statistics in mind, let’s hand out the early-2012 team awards for the 49ers.