Winning their fourth straight has put the San Francisco 49ers in a tie for the third-best record in the league, only after the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, as well as the 6-1 Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
Following a 1-2 start and Jim Harbaugh’s first time below .500 in his professional coaching tenure, the team has been resurgent. The 49ers currently boast the second-longest win streak in the NFL and are now only a game out of first in their division, anticipating major additions to the roster in the near future.
In a triumphant return to 49er football, they once again appear to have the right mindset on the field, which prioritizes blocking, tackling and playing mistake-free. Penalties are few and far between, the hard hits have been readily apparent and the big plays are at a premium right now.
Each week, the team has progressed, really appearing to hit its stride heading into the second half of the season.
After beating down a spirited Tennessee Titans team, the 49ers have to be pretty juiced with where they are. A record of 5-2 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a bye and the Carolina Panthers in the next three weeks leading up to the return of Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree and Tank Carradine? Please.
This team is going to be trouble heading into the second half of the schedule.
Looking at the damage they invoked this past week—or these past four weeks, for that matter—it is clear that the 49ers have the foundation to make a dominant run once fully healthy. That being said, let’s take a look at the individual performances from Week 7 as to gauge this team going forward.
- Expectations: Some players can look really good out there, but how much did they leave on the field?
- Statistics: If you were blanked, booming or something in between, this plays a significant role as to how a player is graded.
- Impact: Stats are great and all, but did those yards come in garbage time or on a 3rd-and-long? The clutch value factors in here.
- Consistency: One big play can change a game, but consistency down to down can make sure you win it. Who was bringing it on every play?