By: Nick Austin
The 49ers have had an unbelievable start to the season with an 8-0 record and the only undefeated team in the NFL with the Patriots loss to the Ravens on Sunday night football. The 49ers have a top 5 defense and are seventh in the league in total offense. They have however, had a pretty easy schedule having only faced 2 teams with a record above .500.
Their upcoming schedule is going to be rough as 5 of their last 8 games are against teams with a record above .500. Even with their early success they are still hoping to get better as they have 9 players benched due to injury. Matt Brieda (RB), Dee Ford (DL), Kyle Juszczyk (FB) and Joe Staley (T) are the most notable injured players. One of the key differences between last years 4-12 niners and this years 8-0 niners is the drafting of Nick Bosa (DE) and the health of Jimmy Garoppolo (QB) who had his season cut short last year because of a torn ACL. Nick Bosa has 17 solo tackles, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception and has forced himself into the conversation for rookie of the year. Garoppolo has had a solid season so far, he has 1,806 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with a total QBR of 100.6 out of 158.3.
The 49ers currently hold the #1 spot in the NFL power rankings (at the time this article was written) and are looking to keep that spot heading into the postseason. This team has the potential and the star power to make a deep playoff run in January, and maybe after it’s all said and done, be playing for a Superbowl title. The 49ers have a long way to go and have to continue to improve every week and try and keep players healthy to stay undefeated and contend for the Lombardi trophy on February 2nd.