The San Francisco 49ers' disappointing loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 10 halted their five-game win streak, and it begs the question: Should the 49ers still be considered Super Bowl contenders?
In terms of talent, this team has it all; however, talent isn't everything. It seems after all of the success of the past two years, complacency is beginning to kick in.
I stated this before, but all good teams suffer from complacency. Can we honestly say the Panthers are the better team? Is the 49ers offense this pathetic? Has Colin Kaepernick regressed this much?
Complacency is an issue that needs to be addressed, but that isn't even the biggest problem facing the defending NFC champions.
Injuries, injuries, injuries. Now, excuses shouldn't be made, because all teams go through the injury bug, but there is one player the 49ers can ill avoid to lose.
Vernon Davis, come on down.
Vernon Davis isn't really injury prone, so when he does miss time, especially this season, you begin to clearly see just how one-dimensional the 49ers become on offense.
With a great defense and running game in place, the 49ers passing offense has to become more consistent. It starts with Colin Kaepernick, but it ends with Vernon Davis.
Here are three reasons why Vernon Davis is key to a 49ers Super Bowl run this season.