Originally posted by verb1der:
Packers and Lions offenses being "elite" this year is arguable, to me they're one dimensional...I'll agree they have elite "passing" though.
My concern is how 49ers defend more balanced offenses, like Vikings, Ravens, Giants, etc...come playoff time, those are the dangerous teams! And 49ers have recently lost to these type of teams.
We've actually defended these teams pretty well. Now it's true we are only 1-3 against those teams dating back to last year, but I blame those losses on the offense more than the defense.
Vikings game our D had some issues on 3rd down, but we kept Peterson under 4 yards-per-carry and Ponder under 6 yards-per-attempt. That's still stingy defense. The offense lost us this game. They could not sustain drives and committed 3 turnovers in the 4th quarter.
The loss against the Ravens was entirely on the offense. They gave up 9 sacks or something stupid like that. Didn't have anything going the entire game, and wasted a very good defensive effort.
The loss against the Giants in the NFCCG was clearly due to special teams blunders. 2 turnovers in our territory spotted the G-men 10 of their 20 points. The offense completely fizzled out other than 2 big pass plays from Vernon. Again, another solid defensive performance wasted.
Now having said that, I do see your point. Teams with more balanced attacks do give us more trouble, but I think it is due to our offense not being able to get into a rhythm after sitting on the bench for longer stretches. The offense is lost when they can't dominate time of possession. The D cannot always do the heavy lifting.
[ Edited by SofaKing on Sep 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM ]