Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers have not been the type to score an outrageous number of points, with the offense outshining the defense, but that is what has been going on these past few weeks.
Since Week 4, the Niners have a 174-61 point advantage, averaging 22.6 more points per game than their opponents.
In winning its fifth straight, the team tied a franchise record by scoring 30 or more points in five consecutive games, which had not been done since the 1994 and 1997 seasons, when Steve Young was in his heyday, via 49ers public relations director Bob Lange.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick appears to be finding his life force, two of the team’s long-time playmakers are shouldering the load and the offensive line is pitch-perfect nearly every week. Not to mention, the defense has been beating teams up and regaining its swagger.
After their latest smackdown—this time on the Jacksonville Jaguars—we’ll take a look at how the 49ers' individual players graded out. The following will provide letter grades of the San Francisco players in Week 8, along with a blurb about their in-game execution and season to date.
- 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?