The 49ers have kicked off their 2023 campaign with a perfect 3-0 record while averaging 30 points per game. Everything can't be this good, right?
With Week 3 coming to a close, the San Francisco 49ers are just one of three undefeated teams remaining heading into the final week of the 2023 season's first quarter.
Not bad. Especially considering the Niners have scored precisely 30 points in each of their three games this season, while their defense currently ranks fifth best in scoring with just 42 points allowed over that entire span.
Dig around the current roster, and there are Pro Bowlers and All-Pros at every level on both sides of the ball.
Yes, San Francisco is a legitimate Super Bowl contender. And the 2023 season couldn't have started much better than it has with very few serious injuries to worry about, a clicking offense and a stifling defense.
That said, no team is perfect. Even the 49ers have their share of weaknesses that have revealed themselves (albeit not regularly or to the point of panic), although these three areas of concern might require just a wee bit of attention if they haven't already.
49ers weakness No. 1: Right side of O-line
Fans may not quite be at the point where they wish now-Denver Broncos right tackle Mike McGlinchey was back, but first-year starting tackle Colton McKivitz is having a rough introduction to his first-team assignment.
According to Pro Football Focus, McKivitz is already responsible for a team-high three sacks, which were part of his Week 1 struggles. And right guard Spencer Burford has allowed a team-high 10 quarterback pressures, too.
Perhaps these two jell a bit more in the upcoming weeks, but things aren't off to a solid start.
49ers weakness No. 2: Cornerback
Charvarius Ward is fine as the Niners' No. 1 cornerback. And despite some struggles during preseason, nickel corner Isaiah Oliver has looked solid over the first three weeks, too.
There are two remaining problems, though: depth and the No. 2 boundary cornerback spot.
San Francisco's primary starter, Deommodore Lenoir, leads the team with 25 tackles but has also allowed 73.1 percent of his targets to be caught by the opposition. With few options to either upgrade over him or to beef up the depth behind him, it's no shock the 49ers worked out additional cornerbacks recently, including former Niner Jason Verrett.
49ers weakness No. 3: Outside pass-rushing depth
This might be the most minor of concerns out of the three listed, but it'd be nice to see San Francisco get more from its pass-rushing threats on the edge behind the two starters, Nick Bosa and Drake Jackson.
Jackson surprisingly leads the 49ers with three sacks, all of which came in Week 1, but the reserve players like Kerry Hyder and Clelin Ferrell have just one sack between them through three games.
Again, this is minor. But the Niners have prided themselves on a strong rotation for the defensive line, and getting the backups to produce will be essential.