One of the biggest issues that we sports fans face in the instant analysis age we are living in is that the events of one week of football are often overblown and the events of one month of football are always radically overblown. Are the Seahawks and Broncos going to face each other in the Super Bowl come February? Maybe they will. They are both pretty damn good teams and both have positioned themselves well over the first quarter of the 2013 season. But to say it is a foregone conclusion is a fool's errand.
In the AFC, the New England Patriots still employ all time great QB Tom Brady and all time great head coach Bill Belichick. The 2011 49ers have been reincarnated in the form of two teams this year: The Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans; two teams that play strong on the lines, employ great running games and stout defense and although they do not necessarily wow in the pass game, they are solid there too (ugliest pick six of the year notwithstanding). Heck, I've even heard tell of a rumor that Alex Smith is currently at the helm of the Chiefs offense. The Chargers, Bengals, Titans (if the can survive the Locker injury), and Dolphins all have shown enough not to be overlooked too.
I won't waste time going over the mine field of potentially dangerous teams in the non-eastern directions of the NFC and instead will focus on our very own 49ers. In four weeks, the media has awarded the 49ers with the capricious title of Number 1 in various Power Rankings (when will people wake up and realize these do not matter?), referred to the starting QB as one year wonder or one trick pony, slammed the handling of an extremely delicate rehabilitation situation, left the team for dead, and then claimed the team is back from the dead, but with various caveats.
The truth is that neither one week nor one month of football can truly tell of what is going to happen in December, January and February. September is but the first course and only the truly terrible teams can be crossed off now (sorry Jacksonville, there is always next year, get those helmets fixed). A football season in its whole is a struggle. Some teams face adversity early, some late, some lucky ones not at all, some very unlucky ones every week. The 49ers have faced some serious adversity out of the gate. Aside from a brutal opening quarter of games the team is currently without its top receiver until maybe late November/early December, its best linebacker has been in and out of the lineup since training camp started, its best pass rusher is out until he slays some personal demons, its best tight end is currently playing at less than 100%, and its best cover corner and starting nose tackle are on the shelf until next season. 2-2? I'll take it.
Only time will tell if the 49ers ever get to full force in 2013 (or as full force as is possible without Williams and Culliver) and what they can do once they are at full force. One thing I will say though: this team is facing an unusually high amount of adversity for such a young season and they don't look to my eyes like they are going to roll over. 2-2 is a record that few teams would be able to accomplish given the pains listed above and 2-2 shows that this team are fighters. 2-2 is about as sexy as a 2 tight end and 2 running back set, but sometimes that's how it gets done.