No. 1: SF 49ers aren’t putting away teams they should beat
There are the “it” factors, and the Niners certainly fell into that category last year by beating up on teams they didn’t necessarily match up well against, as well as pounding the teams they should beat.
In all reality, San Francisco should be 4-0 right now, as Kyle Shanahan’s squad is better than the Cardinals, Eagles, New York Jets and New York Giants. Yes, those two road wins over the G-Men and Jets were impressive, yet there’s an argument to be made they’re the worst two teams in the NFL right now.
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One of the problems Super Bowl-type teams don’t make is letting a sub-par opponent hang around in games.
This was the case in Week 4, for sure, as the Eagles managed to put up 14 points in the fourth quarter after entering the frame down 14-11. San Francisco squandered scoring opportunities earlier in the game, and three turnovers committed by the 49ers offense allowed the Eagles to creep back.
Ironically, the Niners led the Cardinals in Week 1 all the way up to the 5:07 mark of the fourth quarter, but the lead never increased to more than 10 points. Arizona clawed its way back, while San Francisco’s defense wilted.
In some ways, it was the story of the Super Bowl all over again.
Teams in “hangover mode” suffer those kinds of setbacks, and it appears the Niners could be going through such thing.
If there’s good news, however, they still have 12 more weeks to take some of the much-needed hangover-cure medicine.