The San Francisco 49ers are off to their best start since 1998. The team currently sits at 3-0 heading into the bye week. Members of various media outlets are beginning to take notice of the 49ers fast start. San Francisco will look to build off of the early season success when they return from the bye week to take on the Cleveland Browns on “Monday Night Football.”
Here’s where San Francisco stands entering the team’s Week 4 bye.
“The 49ers were sloppy offensively, making what should have been a blowout victory over the Steelers into a win they needed to save in the last minute. Overall, Kyle Shanahan is on fire with his play-calling, and big plays continue to come from Robert Saleh's revamped defense.”
“The 49ers are 3-0 for the first time since 1998. Not many teams finish a game with five turnovers -- including three inside the opponent's 20-yard line -- and come out clean on the other side. Consider it a testament to the team's resolve, and the continued progress of Jimmy Garoppolo, who wiped away two Steelers second-half leads with touchdown drives. The 49ers defense held the Steelers to just six points off the 49ers' five turnovers. Early bye weeks are never preferred, but there's something to be said for staying undefeated for another 14 days without playing a snap."
"Teams don’t usually recover from five turnovers — but the 49ers rallied and now are off to their first 3-0 start since 1998. How did it happen? Thank the defense that held the Steelers to just six points off those five turnovers."
"The 49ers had five turnovers and still won, which is really hard to do in the NFL. The 49ers won’t want the turnovers to repeat, but it says their win Sunday was a little more dominant than it might have looked by the final score.”
“Yes, they were lucky to survive five turnovers Sunday. But aside from Patriots the Niners are only team with a top five offense and defense so far.”