The playoff picture in the NFC is far from set, but there are certainly a few teams that have separated themselves from the bunch. The Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings have been atop their divisions all season, as they are both 9-1 in all of their matchups not against each other; the Eagles defeated the Vikings in Week 2, 24-7. Other teams like the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are potential contenders as well.
They have garnered a lot of attention and rightfully so given how well they have played thus far this season. However, the rest of the teams in the conference aren’t going to do everything they can to chase them down in the standings.
One of the teams that have been coming on in recent weeks is the 49ers. They are beginning to find their stride as one of the hottest teams in the NFL, riding a four-game winning streak and pushing their record to 7-4 on the season.
Despite being in a battle with the Seattle Seahawks for NFC West supremacy and being multiple games behind the Eagles and Vikings in the standings, some people believe that the 49ers are the most dangerous team in the NFL. One of those people is Adam Schein of CBS Sports Network.
“San Francisco remains, to me, the most dangerous team in the NFC come playoff time.”
One of the things that Schein points out as to why he is so high on the 49ers is how dominant their defense is. They have the No. 1 ranked defense in numerous categories as they have surrendered 20+ points only twice all season and have held opponents to 10 or fewer points four times.
Defense wins championships and an argument could be made that San Francisco has the best one in the NFL. However, their offense is loaded with just as many stars as they can more than hold their own in shootouts.
The biggest threat to knocking off the 49ers is health. Every team is dealing with injuries and making it to the end of the NFL season is usually a battle of attrition. If the 49ers can avoid any major injuries, they should be discussed as one of the most dangerous teams in the league.