Why The San Francisco 49ers Can Still Win The NFC West

Frank FittipaldiCorrespondent IIOctober 1, 2010

Vernon Davis has gotten his act together in San Francisco
Vernon Davis has gotten his act together in San FranciscoJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Although the San Francisco 49ers have gotten off to a disappointing start in the 2010, there is still hope for a division title and a playoff run. Despite being 0-3, The 49ers play in a weak division, and if they turn things around and play well, they can capitalize on weak division.

Many expected the 49ers to easily win The NFC West this year, but they have not lived up to those expectations thus far this season. History shows that teams who begin the season 0-3 usually pack it in and call it quits. 49er fans should not panic, yet. The Niners head into Atlanta in Week 4 to take on The Falcons. This is a very winnable game for the red and gold, even coming of a 31-10 loss to The Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. There is a sense of urgency in San Francisco, and Mike Singletary and his 49ers know that this is a must win game.

The 49ers have young talent and they need to figure out more ways to get these young play makers the football. Vernon Davis has become a leader in the locker room and has had a solid start to the season. 2nd year man Michael Crabtree needs to get more involved in the offense, because if gets the ball, number 15 can cause problems for opposing defenses. Frank Gore has not ran the ball with the success as he usually does, but he's been a big part of the passing game. Gore is just another weapon that quarterback Alex Smith can be successful with.

With youth and talent on both sides of the ball, The 49ers still have what it takes to turn their season around, and it needs to start this week in Atlanta. Linebacker Patrick Willis will need to lead his defense to get after quarterback Matt Ryan. If San Francisco leaves Atlanta with a victory, The 49ers have hope and a lot to look forward to for the rest of the 2010 season.