No. 2: Work on Cutting Down Turnovers
Penalties have been a big problem, but the 49ers are even worse when it comes to taking care of the ball.
Just ask KNBR 680’s Al Sacco:
There is the other aforementioned conclusion about the win streak, despite the turnover issue. Perhaps the Niners have better talent in 2018 than they did last season.
That said, San Francisco won’t be able to afford turning the ball over when teams like the Rams, Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens are on the schedule, which they are later on.
A year ago, the 49ers turned the ball over 32 times, which was the third most in the league. The lack of defensive takeaways created one of the worst turnover differentials in recent league history.
Thankfully, the Niners being able to force defensive takeaways this season has negated the offense’s inability to protect the ball somewhat (see Week 3 as a prime example).
But that won’t last forever, as Sacco pointed out.