49ers have enjoyed these 4 positives despite sluggish start to 2022

Defensive end Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Defensive end Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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The 49ers may be off to a disappointing 3-4 start to the year, but there are some notably positive developments happening over the course of the season.

It’s easy to be frustrated with the San Francisco 49ers’ start to their 2022 campaign.

A 3-4 record seven weeks into the season is a problem, especially when three of those losses came against inferior opponents like the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. And with the Niners looking to get back on track amid a weakish NFC, each one of those losses could end up being disastrous when final playoff seeding is determined.

Yet San Francisco is a long way away from that point, and it hasn’t always been bad for head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad.

In fact, there have actually been some notably great developments for the 49ers this season, some of which weren’t exactly ones anyone would have predicted.

Let’s take a look at some of those net positives for the red and gold from these first seven weeks.

49ers positive No. 1: Nick Bosa playing at an All-Pro level

Perhaps this isn’t a shocker or a surprise, but Pro Bowl EDGE Nick Bosa is playing at an All-Pro level.

He should have been an All-Pro a year ago anyway, but blame the voters on that one.

Regardless, Bosa is back among the league leaders in the sack department with seven, tied with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons and just 1.5 sacks behind the NFL leader, New England Patriots linebacker Matt Judon.

And Bosa has reached that feat over six games played. Had he not missed Week 6 because of a groin injury, there’s a good chance he’d be in the sack lead right now.

Bosa still headlines what’s been a pinnacle piece of the Niners defense, their defensive line, and he’s playing at an All-Pro level right now, which is probably to be expected.

Still, it’s a pleasant development that will help keep San Francisco’s defense playing at a high level despite a two-game skid.