Question: Fan overconfidence? There are a lot of great teams in the AFC, no doubt. But the NFC is a different story. Seattle, Carolina, and Philly are getting old and on the decline. A lot of teams have great potential but unproven consistency, Dallas, N.Y, Arizona, Tampa Bay and Atlanta. The only teams that you could probably pencil into the playoffs would be New Orleans and Chicago. With all the young talent on this team, is it farfetched to say that we are realistically competing for the NFC crown this year?
- Jason, Sacramento
Answer: Jason, it appears that you not only have drunk the Kool-Aid, you're bathing in it. The two teams you penciled into the playoffs, Chicago and New Orleans, beat the 49ers last year by a combined score of 75-20. They gave up more points than any team last year. They were crushed - I mean absolutely demolished - by Philadelphia, Kansas City and San Diego. I love the 49ers' potential this season, but a division title seems more realistic. Of course, they'd probably have to beat Arizona first.
- Matt Barrows