The 49ers might want to think about petitioning the NFL for a move to the AFC East.
They took on their second AFC East opponent in a row on Sunday and laid just as convincing a beatdown on the Bills as they did on the Jets a week ago. The only difference is that the 49ers gave up some points in their 45-3 win, but it’s hard to argue with the complete control the Niners have shown in outscoring the two AFC East squads by a combined 79-3 score.
Sunday’s win could have been closer if not for two Bills turnovers. There was the Scott Chandler fumble that helped the 49ers build a 14-point lead at the half and then Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a brutal interception with the score 24-3 and still flickering with the possibility of competitiveness. It pretty much died when the ball settled into Chris Culliver’s grasp and went away for good when Alex Smith hit Mario Manningham for a touchdown a short time later.
That score was one of three that Smith threw on the day, a nearly flawless performance made easier by the continued absence of the pass rush that the Bills thought they bought themselves this offseason. Smith had eons to throw and used the time to set up Michael Crabtree (113 yards) and Vernon Davis (106 yards) for big games and finished with 303 passing yards before handing things over to Colin Kaepernick. And the defensive line wasn’t much better against the run as Frank Gore ran through, over and around the Bills en route to 96 yards. Everything clicked offensively for the Niners on Sunday, resulting in 621 yards by the time the final whistle blew.
The Bills barely mustered 200 for the game and got just 80 in the second half. They’ve now been outscored 90-10 since taking a 21-7 lead in the third quarter of their Week Four loss to the Patriots, a damning total about the state of both their offense and defense in Buffalo right now. They’ll cross the country next week for a date with the Cardinals that looks awfully large for their quest to remain meaningful into November.
That makes eight straight quarters of impressive results after the loss to the Vikings and it sets up quite a clash when the Giants roll into Candlestick for an NFC Championship Game replay next Sunday.