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On paper, the best team in this division. Based on execution, one of the worst teams in the league. Based on unforced errors, the very worst team in the league. The 49ers are no stranger to shooting themselves in the foot, as they showed time and time again Sunday (looking at you Nate Clements and Alex Smith). What can this team do to get it turned around?
Coach Mike Singletary may not be one of the better coaches in the league based on football knowledge, but he knows how to motivate young men and is the kind of guy who can will an 0-4 team to turn it around. The 49ers killed themselves in the opener against Seattle by not getting plays in on time and taking stupid penalties. Against Atlanta, they used an exorbitant amount of bonehead plays to lose the game. The self-made troubles stop now and this team starts to look like the machine it should be.
Here's what the 49ers have to do to snatch this division from the jaws of defeat:
Phi- With Michael Vick most likely not playing and the 49ers in what is essentially a must-win at this early point in the season, the boys in red and gold step up at home.
Oak- Not a bad team but 49ers are better. Playing inspired off big win vs. Philly, they keep building momentum with win over Bay Area rivals.
@ Car- not a good team. 49ers should win.
Denver, St. Louis, Tampa. Get these three in a row with two at home (all three technically have SF listed as the home team but they meet Denver in England), no reason they shouldn't take two with crowd behind them coming off consecutive wins.
@Green Bay- 49ers seem to play good teams tough but Lambeau in December will prove too much. Packers win.
Play one game each against three division opponents and also play San Diego. Assuming that the San Diego game is a loss, the 49ers need to rally and win their three divisional matches here to go 9-7 and take the division.
It's rare to see a team start so bad and make the playoffs, but if there was ever a team put in a more favorable situation to do so, it's the 2010 San Francisco 49ers.