San Francisco 49ers (3-4)
What they’ve done well: The 49ers are a work in progress, but the defense is playing hard and physical football on a consistent basis. The defense is not at the top of the heap yet, but it makes its mark against the opponent’s running game. The 49ers are averaging 84.9 rushing yards allowed per game, good for 2nd in the league.
Needs improvement: The pass defense needs to get more consistent. While the 49ers hit hard after opposing receivers catch passes, they allow far too many big plays. The offense is being handed to Alex Smith because he had a solid relief appearance against the Texans in Week 7, but he’s got much to prove before he can be considered dependable. At least he has dependable running back Frank Gore.
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