By Matt Johnson

It has been another great start for the San Francisco 49ers, and they should be poised for another playoff run. While San Francisco was upset in Week 3 by the Minnesota Vikings, they bounced back in a big way in Week 4, in a dominating win over the New York Jets.

While the 49ers will never rank amongst the elite when it comes to passing, they are one of the toughest teams to stop because of their running game. A running attack led by Frank Gore, who shook of skeptics this season who used words like “old” and “worn-down” to describe him, has been powering his team to the top of the NFC. Alex Smith has been his usual self, making smart decisions while only making the deep pass when he needs to. His favorite target this year has been Michael Crabtree as the pair have connected 21 times for nearly 200 yards. While Crabtree has been a reliable target, TE Vernon Davis seems to find the end zone every week, continuing to build off his success from the 2011 playoffs. This is a strong 49ers offense, and one that could help lead them to the Super Bowl.

When you think of the San Francisco 49ers, you immediately think of their imposing defense. Patrick Willis has long been one of the best MLB in the league, but now he may be tied for the best LB on his team. Alongside Willis, is NaVorro Bowman who is 3rd in the NFL with 45 tackles, this is the best LB corps in the league. In the secondary, while they may not force many interceptions, they provide solid coverage to help give their defensive line time to get after the QB. That extra time has been a big help for Aldon Smith who leads the team with 4.5 sacks. Even if they don’t force a large amount of turnovers, they simply shut down the opponents passing attack and running game, there is very little the offense can do. The saying goes “defense wins championships” and if all goes well this 49ers defense will win a championship.

Passing:

Alex Smith: 76 completions of 113 attempts for 784 yards// 5 TD’s 1 INT

Rushing:

Frank Gore: 66 carries for 326 yards// 3 TD’s

Kendall Hunter: 26 carries for 120 yards// 1 TD

Colin Kaepernick: 6 carries for 67 yards// 1 TD

Receiving:

Michael Crabtree: 21 receptions for 198 yards//

Vernon Davis: 15 receptions for 187 yards// 4 TD’s

Mario Manningham: 15 receptions for 160 yards//

Randy Moss: 8 receptions for 88 yards// 1 TD

Tackles:

NaVorro Bowman: 45 tackles

Patrick Willis: 35 tackles

Donte Whitner: 19 tackles

Sacks:

Aldon Smith: 4.5 sacks

Ahmad Brooks: 2 sacks

Carlos Rogers: 1 sack

Interceptions:

NaVorro Bowman: 1 interception

Patrick Willis: 1 interception

Dashon Goldson: 1 interception

I don’t have many concerns when it comes to the 49ers. I would like to see Alex Smith air it out more, but when you have a RB like Frank Gore that isn’t an issue. As long as this defense remains healthy they will be a Super Bowl contender, and continue to dominate in the NFC. As for how they will do against the 4-1 Arizona Cardinals, well I think the bigger concern is how would Kevin Kolb do against the 49ers pass rush. The next few games should be fairly relaxed for San Francisco, but I will never rule out an upset.

Grade: A-

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I am a sports writer entering my first year in college. I am also a aspiring sports radio host.

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