Gold Rush: Are The San Francisco 49ers For Real?

Sean StancillSenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  The San Francisco 49ers starting line up prepare to enter the field during their home opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

After two straight wins against division foes, the 49ers are alone atop the NFC West with a sterling record of 2-0. They dispatched the reigning NFC Champions in Week 1 in the desert and then the only other undefeated team in the Division, the Seattle Seahawks.

Without a doubt, this season shows promise but then again so did 2007; which was the last time the 49ers entered Week 3 with a record of 2-0, and preceded to lose a horrific eight consecutive contests and eight of their last 11 games to finish 5-11. San Francisco registered 10 points or fewer four times and were outscored 190-76 during that span.

While their next eight opponents have combined to go a paltry 8-7 in the first two weeks of the season, allow me to spell out just who those opponents are.
Next week San Francisco plays the best back in football and the NFL's Leading Rusher in each of the past two seasons in Adrian Peterson not to mention the wildcard that is Brett Favre. In Week 5, they play arguably the scariest offense in football as they host the Atlanta Falcons led by second year star Matt Ryan and his arsenal containing the likes of Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner, and Roddy White to name a few. 
And in Weeks 6-8, they play the cream of the crop in the AFC South including the Colts, Titans, and Texans.
The 49ers tasks appears to be extremely daunting but this will show what they're truly worth and that's what some fans are actually afraid of. Good luck.

Vernon Davis had another solid outing on Sunday

On the Niners' opening drive, Davis hauled in his only catches of the game (two receptions for 32 yards) but their significance is not overlooked.
At 2nd and 9 from their own 27, Shaun Hill found Davis on a streak route for 17 yards, putting the 49ers in a more manageable position. When you take into account the next snap resulted in a defensive encroachment penalty, SF found themselves on the cusp of Seattle territory.
Five plays later on 3rd and 8 from Seattle's 40, Davis caught yet another pass, this time for 15 more yards and ensured that his team would have favorable field goal position. The Niners drive later stalled at the Seahawks 19, but Joe Nedney belted in a effortless 37-yard field goal and the home team got on the board for the first time again for the second straight week. 
Without Vernon's contributions on the drive more importantly his last on 3rd down, the difference between kicking from the 19 and punting from the 40 speaks volumes for itself.
Setting the tone by scoring is immensely invaluable and any Head Coach in the league can tell you that, especially when you can leech off the crowd's energy at home. By the way, the Red and Gold are 6-0 dating back to last season when they get on the board first.
Shaun Hill attempted five passes to Vernon Davis which shows they're establishing a rapport and should be expected considering he's the most athletic tight end in the division.