After Week 3, questions swirled around a 1-2 San Francisco 49ers team that lacked both production and an identity. It can be hard to believe that now, just two games later, these same 49ers sit just a game out of first place in a competitive NFC West race.
According to OddShark.com, the 49ers are a double-digit favorite in Week 6 over the visiting Arizona Cardinals, don't buy too much into that. This isn't a game that the defending division champions can take lightly.
The 49ers may have righted the ship with a 3-2 record, but the Cardinals will take an identical mark with them to Candlestick Park in this Week 6 matchup. With both teams chasing a hot Seattle Seahawks squad for the top spot in the West, division contests like these will be critical as the playoff hunt heats up.
San Francisco has run off two straight victories, but few would call this a flawless team. Whether you blame injuries or execution, this 49ers squad still has a lot of room to improve if it intends on making another deep playoff run.
These are five key variables for the 49ers to rack up their third straight victory and move to 4-2 on the season.