Six weeks into the NFL season, and the 49ers’ bandwagon has started to creak under the weight of more believers.
At 5-1, San Francisco is the league’s biggest surprise.
Not only have the Niners knocked off the Lions, Eagles and Bengals on the road, but they’ve already built a big lead in the weak NFC West and appear to be almost a lock to make the playoffs as they come off their bye week and get ready to play the Browns at Candlestick Park Sunday.
In this week’s Sports Illustrated power rankings by Don Banks, the 49ers are now ranked No. 4 in the NFL, behind the Packers (7-0), Patriots (5-1) and Saints (5-2).
Meanwhile, one NFL analyst says there’s an explanation for the team’s turnaround under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh and his new coaching staff.
In his Cold Hard Football Facts column for Sports Illustrated, Kerry J. Byrne says, “No coach has his team playing smarter or more efficiently than Harbaugh.”
In his column, Byrne measures offensive efficiency t...