It’s the NFL season and all eyes are on the NFC.
After last week’s Week 10 loss to the Saints, there’s still plenty of talk about the NFC’s dominance in the playoffs.
But are the NFC teams as good as they look?
Let’s take a look.
The NFC: San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay PackersThe Niners are coming off a dominant performance against the 49ers.
After playing well against the Packers in the opener, the Niners have come back strong in consecutive weeks, racking up 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has taken over the offense, completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,959 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Rookie running back Carlos Hyde has shown flashes of his potential, running for a team-high 109 yards and a touchdown in Week 11.
And the offensive line has allowed just nine sacks through four games.
The offensive line is also a major reason why the 49er defense has allowed the fewest passing yards per game in the league.
With the 49th-ranked passing offense, there isn’t a lot of reason to worry about the offense.
However, the defense has shown that it can take care of business, holding opponents to a meager 8.1 points per game.
The defense has also given up just eight sacks through eight games, the second-fewest in the NFL.
If there is a concern, it’s that the pass rush is not a great complement to the passing game.
For instance, the Lions have allowed just 11 sacks through two games, and the Niner secondary has allowed 11 touchdowns.
However a big reason for the Lions struggles has been the lack of help at safety.
Detroit has allowed two touchdowns through two weeks and has surrendered just three interceptions.
The safety group of Glover Quin, Trumaine Johnson, and Quinton Dunbar is not great.
Quin is currently playing with a torn pectoral muscle, Johnson is out with a groin injury, and Dunbar hasn’t played since Week 6.
While the secondary has been able to help, the offense has had trouble scoring in the first half.
After scoring a touchdown just four times in Week 9, the 49s offense has only scored six points through two quarters.
The offense has scored six touchdowns in its last three games, which is the worst start in the NFC and tied for the worst mark in the entire NFL.
In Week 11, the Cowboys have scored three touchdowns in their last four games, tying for the second worst mark.
The Cowboys offense has struggled on defense as well, as they have allowed an average of 16.7 points per contest, tied for second in the AFL.
The lack of scoring has forced the Ninos defense to give up big chunks of yards and points to opposing quarterbacks.
The 49ers defense has given up 4.5 sacks through three games.
Quarterbacks have completed just 21.4 percent of their passes for 619 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.
San Francisco has allowed an NFL-high three touchdown passes through three weeks.
This is especially problematic for the 49-year-old Kaepernick, who has yet to throw for more than 25 yards in a game.
However the Ninens offense has given Kaepernick just one touchdown pass through three, with his three touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon on the opening drive of Week 10.
This was Kaepernick’s first touchdown pass of the season.
The secondary has also been unable to shut down opposing quarterbacks, allowing just seven touchdowns through three.
The Niners secondary has shown a lot more confidence in the secondary in recent weeks.
The team has allowed quarterbacks to throw five touchdowns through four weeks, the fewst in the top 10 in the NBA.
The top 10 has been dominated by the Chicago Bulls (8 touchdowns), Houston Rockets (6 touchdowns), Dallas Mavericks (5 touchdowns), New York Knicks (4 touchdowns), Oklahoma City Thunder (4 touchdown passes), and Miami Heat (4 interceptions).
The San Francisco defense has yet another problem, as the team has given just six sacks through the first four games of the year.
The only defense that has given the Ninemens QB a touchdown pass is the Washington Redskins, who allowed two scores to Russell Wilson in Week 7.
The Redskins defense is also struggling to stop opposing quarterbacks on the ground, allowing a league-low 17.3 yards per carry.
It’s not as though the defense hasn’t been successful on offense.
Since Week 9 the 49 and Redskins have combined for just 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
However that’s not the worst part of the defense.
The biggest problem for the defense is the fact that it hasn’t had a winning record in its past three games as well.
The NFL is a short season and it’s been six weeks since the 49es last win.
That means the team needs to score more points in the next few weeks.
It will be interesting to see if the 49 is able to finish the season with a