The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks finished last season as the clear cut two best teams in football.
In our opinion, they still are.
The 49ers have made the NFC Championship game in each of the last three seasons with a Super Bowl appearance two years ago. While some of the pieces have changed since then, the 49ers still remain one of the most talented teams in the league.
However, veterans such as Frank Gore, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis aren’t getting any younger. San Francisco has also struggled to find many contributors through the draft despite a plethora of picks over the last couple seasons with last year’s first-round pick Eric Reid being one of the few exceptions.
NaVorro Bowman is hurt, Aldon Smith could be suspended and the 49ers have some issues at cornerback as well.
But the 49ers offense could be the best its been under Colin Kaepernick’s direction with improved talent at the receiver position.
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