Last season, the San Francisco 49ers were a team with an exceptional defense and a very conservative run-centric offense. So far this season, the 49ers still feature one of the best defensive units in the league, but have seen an offensive explosion. After gashing the Buffalo Bills, the Niners offense set a number of franchise records.
San Francisco defeated the Bills 45-3 on Sunday while posting a franchise record 621 yards of offense. In reality, the Niners could have approached 700 yards of offense. Two big plays, a 21 yard receptions by TE Vernon Davis and a 41 yard reception by Michael Crabtree were both negated by penalties. The records don’t stop there however.
The 49ers have highlighted some great offenses over the years under the guidance of Bill Walsh with Joe Montana and then Steve Young under center. However, on Sunday, Alex Smith was able to do something neither of those Hall of Famers were ever able to accomplish with the Niners. San Francisco has a quarterback pass for 300 yards, two receivers log at least 100 yards receiving and add a running back who rushed for over 100 yards. The last time that feat was accomplished was in 1961 under the leadership of QB John Brodie.
The Niners also tied another record from that 1961 team. San Francisco has now recorded consecutive wins which averaged wins by at least 30 points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Niners became the first team in NFL history to have 300 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in the same game.The 49ers also possess the best point differential in the NFL after five weeks.
The 49ers have outscored their opponents 79-3 in the last two weeks and will now face their third straight opponent from the state of New York when they host the New York Giants this Sunday in their second of three straight home games. The Niners are in a stretch of their schedule which will see them host of of six games at home.
San Francisco advanced to the NFC Championship Game last season. With the addition of this high flying offense along with their stout defense, they have to be considered a favorite to return this year.
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