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Golden Nuggets: All signs pointing toward the 49ers being a contender

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

San Francisco 49ers v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

All the talk around the NFL about the 49ers’ undefeated start to the season centered around the easy schedule that they had. People were waiting for them to face a “good” team before believing the hype. On Sunday, they went to LA to face last season’s NFC champ LA Rams and beat them 20-7. Other than the 1st drive of the game, the Rams had trouble moving the ball against a dominating 49ers’ defense, who is separating themselves as one of the best in the NFL. They held a Rams offense that had back to back 450+ yard games entering the division matchup to just 157 yards.

The defense continues their great start to the season. They are holding offenses to an absurd 150 yards passing a game. Their rushing defense has been just as good, holding teams to 87 yards per game and only allowing 1 rushing TD. If they keep up the pace, they could go down as one of the better defenses the league has ever seen. The way they’re playing lets them compete with any offense they come across and makes them a hard out if they make the playoffs.

The defense has been the star of the season, but the offense has been done their part to win. While the turnovers are concerning, Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense have been able consistently move the chains on teams. They had 22 1st downs and held the ball for almost 40 minutes in LA. There will likely be a game where Jimmy needs to throw to get the 49ers back into a game when they fall behind, but their current recipe of great defense with ball control offense is working well. If they can get the turnovers in check, this team will be even better. The offense still has yet to hit on all cylinders, which should concern the rest of the NFL.

49ers links

Jimmy G just keeps winning (Maiocco)

49ers’ MVP (Inman)

Week 6 power ranking (Schwartz)

2nd best team in the league (Asher)

Defense’s impact (Branch)

Deontay Burnett added to the practice (Madson)

Week 6 film session (Cohn)

Breida’s speed (NFL video)

Week 7 preview (NFL video)

NFL links

NFC top 5 teams (NFL video)

Each team’s biggest weakness (ESPN)

YAC (NFL video)

Jalen Ramsey’s trade to LA (ESPN)

Marcus Peters traded to Baltimore (Thiry)

Tannehill over Mariota (NFL staff)

Michael Bennett suspended (Hagemann)