The San Francisco 49ers are boasting one of the best defenses in the NFL through the first four weeks of the season. They are one of only two teams, the other being the Dallas Cowboys, that have yet to surrender 20 points in a game this season.
They have been truly dominant on that side of the ball, as they have the No. 1 scoring defense in the league and have also allowed the fewest amount of yards thus far as well. Teams cannot figure out a way to move the ball against the 49ers as they are loaded with stars at every level of their defense.
The 49ers are living in the opponent’s backfield, as they have registered 29 tackles for loss, 32 quarterback hits and 15 sacks. Leading the way for that pass rush is edge rusher, Nick Bosa. Following their game last week against the Los Angeles Rams, Bosa made a bold claim that the 49ers had the best defense in the NFL and he is doing his part to prove that to be true.
He has been excellent at getting after the quarterback this season, as he is currently leading the league in multiple pass-rushing stats. According to PFF, Bosa has six sacks, 30 pressures and a 29.3 win percentage, all of which are first in the NFL.
This is not unexpected as Bosa had high expectations when the 49ers selected him at No. 2 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He started his career with a bang and has kept it going despite some adversity.
The former Buckeye has been a Pro Bowler in both of his healthy seasons in the NFL. As a rookie, he racked up nine sacks and won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. He tore his ACL in 2020, but in 2021 he returned with a vengeance, racking up 15.5 sacks and a league-high 21 tackles for loss.
Bosa is well on his way to surpassing those stats this season, as he already has six tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hits this season to go along with the aforementioned stats. He has cemented himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL and will get paid handsomely this offseason when he is eligible for an extension.