Seeing how we knocked out and injured half the starting running backs we played, it's no wonder all those teams suddenly got worse. Felix Jones, Blount, Jahvid Best...the Lions decline has a lot to do with the decline of their running game. Suddenly defenses are completely keyed into their passing, so you've got Stafford throwing picks galore. Tampa Bay, until recently, didn't have Blount, and went downhill like Picabo Street. Defenses keyed into Josh Freeman's passing, and his INT's went up also.
Do you see a pattern here? All these teams had winning records when we played them. Call it the "49ers Effect". Unfortunately, the Ravens just caught us when we were out of gas, on a very short week. It'll stick to that theory for now. I think we'll know what the truth is when they play Pittsburgh on Monday Night at home.
[ Edited by Psinex on Nov 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM ]