If it weren’t for one overtime loss earlier in the season, the 49ers would be one of three undefeated teams in the NFL right now. Still, they sit comfortably at 4-1 and atop the NFC West. The latest victim was the young Bucs who were absolutely demolished by the niners on Sunday, 48-3. This was enough to give San Fran some much deserved national attention. Jim Harbaugh couldn’t have started his tenure by the bay much better with the best start in 9 years by the 49ers.
Nearly everything went right in the dismantling of Tampa, starting with the conservative, effective play of Alex Smith. Who would have thought that I would be saying that at this point in the season? Smith was able to hit his TE’s for 3 scores (2 to Davis and 1 to Walker). The only bad news in the passing offense was the loss of Josh Morgan, leading receiver for the game. Unfortunately his injury is of the season ending variety. Look for an addition or two to the WR corps this week with Edwards still hurting as well. Frank Gore topped over 100 years for a second straight games, ending (or at least delaying) worries of him breaking down.
As for the defense, the running was stuffed for the most part. It had to be abandoned early however, with such a large early deficit. With the game on Freeman’s hands, he could not carry the load. He ended up completing just 17 of 33 passes and throwing 2 picks. The niners forced 3 turnovers overall, and scoring 6 points on a Carlos Rogers pick to the house.
The likely game of the week for the niners next week (no seriously) as they face the 5-0 Lions (yeah… still serious) at Ford Field on Sunday at 1.