No passing game, no problem.
That has been the motto of the San Francisco 49ers this season—at least for their past two games.
This team went back to basics again in Week 5 against the Houston Texans on Sunday night, reviving its stifling big-play defense and giving Houston a heavy dose of Frank Gore. Having to make up for a lack of a zip in the air, Jim Harbaugh and Co. have had to call on almost every other facet on offense for help, and those units have responded.
Whether it was Gore leading the Niners' offense, NaVorro Bowman leading the defense or C.J. Spillman leading the special teams and everything in between, it has been a total team effort in winning games these past two weeks. Compensating for San Francisco's lack of offensive talent, one could say it is reminiscent of the staff’s approach in 2011.
As the season progresses and more is revealed about this San Francisco team in its third year under Harbaugh, it seems appropriate to reflect on what we’ve seen and project what might be seen in the coming weeks.
Here is what we learned from the 49ers' performance on Sunday Night Football.
That the #49ers can win without a passing game is huge. But that won't work every week. Desperately need Crabtree/Manningham back.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 7, 2013