Marvin, as always, I love the analysis. Of course, it is much easier to love it after a victory! I am probably restating some of your points, but I wanted to add my two cents:
1. I think you hit the nail on the head when you say that it was a big win BECAUSE they didn't play consistently on offense. Those drops were frustrating to watch, but they are not a bad sign for the rest of the season. Drops suck, but they also mean that good plays were called, blocking held up, and we were in a position to capitalize. That means that we are doing the hard part right! Gone are the days when the play calling seemed like the opposing D-Coordinator was sending them in; 7 drops is a huge number. I expect that to "drop" as the season progresses.
2. What really stood out to me was the fact that we ran the ball right through their strength. I expected the team to run a lot of pitches and tosses to try to take advantage of a suspect LB corps, but we ran the ball through Suh and the rest of that talent DT group. And we made it look easy!
3. I really feel like the play calling is a season long set up. Not to say we are holding back, but we are taking what the defense gives us. Teams are going to start edging closer and closer to the line of scrimmage and playing more press coverage because they see the success we are having with our short and intermediate passing game. Roman is going to recognize that and start popping it over the top more. The Lions were playing cover two with their safeties 15-20 yards off the ball to keep Vernon and Moss in front of them. That opened the middle up for Gore and Crabtree. It is really a matter of pick your poison right now!
4. Aldon looked spectacular in run support. He disengaged and moved his blockers very well. The depth at the OLB position still scares me, but we really haven't seen these guys at their best yet. We have been forced to play nickel and dime so much that Aldon has been a DE. Once we play teams that allow us to have our base out there it will be ridiculous! There isn't an Offensive Line that could handle Sopoaga, J. Smith, Ray Mcdonald, Aldon Smith, and Brooks blitzing. Teams that try to run will be crushed and teams that try to play action out of a bigger line up will see the pocket blown up. Sick stuff coming...
5. I guess the point of all of that is that this team is just STARTING to develop. The possibilities are truly scary.