For the first time in three seasons experts did not pick the 49ers as their dark horse, or their nearly guaranteed NFC west champion. Experts routinely would state the laundry list of issues stacked against the 49ers. The list would include everything from the lockout, new head coach, new offensive coordinator, new playbook, poor offensive line, down to Alex Smith. Now heading into game five of the season, the 49ers are boasting a 3-1 record. Even during the 1 loss, the 49ers would take the heavily favored cowboys into overtime. Many critics have begun to reevaluate their position on the 49ers. With the lockout showing little effect, and Jim Harbaugh and company overcoming issues like a new playbook, or offensive coordinators, critics are now beginning to pick the 49ers as a real possibility to win the NFC west. However despite the dramatic improvement of Alex Smith, completing sixty-seven percent of his passes, and having thrown only one pick this year, critics say he will be the reason they will not make the playoffs.
Regardless of the impressive comeback win verses the Eagles team formerly nicknamed the “dream team”, Sundays’ game verses the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is really a make or break game for Alex Smith and the 49ers. They will be facing a good 3-1 team. More importantly they will look to carry momentum, and create a legitimate winning streak. Alex is looking to put together his most successful year, and thus far he has looked pretty good. If he can stay consistent in this game, with accurate smarter throws, and avoiding turnovers, then he will have gone a long way into converting fans and experts to believe in his ability to lead this team back into the playoffs.