Records Fall, 49ers Rise

621 yards of offense power historical win.

When you think of the modern day San Francisco 49ers, tough defense is usually what comes to mind.  The secondary is still holding true to its reputation, but there’s a new force in town: the entire offensive unit.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman, deemed an “evil genius” by right guard Alex Boone, has been successful throwing off defenses and utilizing almost his entire arsenal of a depth chart.  This balanced attack highlighted the 45-3 defeat over the Buffalo Bills in the Week 5 matchup at Candlestick Park.

I’ll let the stats speak for themselves:

49ers Fly Over Jets

Red and gold get redemption with a week 4 shutout victory.

There are few things I love more in sports than shutouts.  Shutouts are one of the best ways to prove dominance, alleviate pressure from your offense, and terrify upcoming opponents.  Shutouts on the road can completely ruin the opposing team’s confidence and “our house” mentality.

Week 4 brought us the 49ers shutting out the Jets 34-0 in East Rutherford, NJ, reasserting their spot among the league’s best.  The much needed win came after the team hit a speed bump in Minnesota last week, and the 49ers came back with a vengeance.

Vikings Hand 49ers Surprising Week 3 Loss

Mistakes pile up that could not be overcome. 

I concluded my Week 2 post by saying that the 49ers cannot become complacent and have to be ready for any team to put up a good fight at any time.

Before that, I started my preseason post by saying that the team now has a target on the back of their uniforms, and that the other 31 clubs will be gunning to get a victory against San Francisco someway, somehow.

The Minnesota Vikings were the first to do so this season, handing the 49ers a 24-13 loss at the Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.

49ers Are For Real

And not just because Vernon Davis is my starting fantasy TE.

The main hype of the Week 2 San Francisco – Detroit matchup featured on Sunday Night Football was not about the rematch of a tight battle between NFC powers in 2011, but rather the infamous Jim Harbaugh – Jim Schwartz handshake mishap that led to one of the most pointless and drawn out “controversies” I’ve seen in a while. The Jims had friendly exchanges before and after the game. Let’s move on now and just have a good chuckle when we see the clip shown before every meeting between these two teams from here on out.

49ers Offseason, Outlook, and Optimism

The sounds of clashing helmets and pads plus giant cranes carrying steel beams can be heard in Santa Clara, CA.  Training camp and construction of the new stadium are in full swing for the San Francisco 49ers in the South Bay.  The 2012 season has a much different feel compared to a year ago – no, not a lockout, but a new addition to the 49ers uniform: a target on the team’s back.

A Decade of Disappointment in the Past

Quick history lesson: San Francisco’s last NFC West title and post-season appearance happened in 2002.  All but one of the next eight consecutive seasons ended with a sub .500 record.  The exception?  2009: an even 8-8.