This season, the five-time Super Bowl champions find themselves in “recently unfamiliar” territory atop the NFL.
Now 5-1 heading into their bye week, the 49ers are a single win away from equaling their win total from the previous season.
Considering the squad will be well-rested going into Week 8 after the bye, and the opposition will be a visiting 2-3 Cleveland Browns team, I would be willing to bet my house, my car and heck, even my girlfriend—no, I insist—that they won’t have to wait until Week 9 to meet last season’s mark.
That said, six wins over an entire season is by no means impressive, but considering the past and current state of the NFC West, it may be more than enough to clinch a playoff appearance with eight weeks to spare.
The second most successful team in the division currently sits at a woeful 2-3.
Jim Harbaugh has completely transformed the mentality of a roster that remains largely unchanged from the year before, aside from a few key draft selections and an MIA Braylon Edwards.
This season’s success has by no means been mere luck, coincidence or fluke. It is the direct result of the former Stanford head coach’s hiring back in January, and his ability to bring the very best out of his players.