If the San Francisco 49ers need to pick up a big confidence boost, Week 4 against the New York Jets might just be the place. Sure, the Minnesota Vikings were ranked as one of the bottom teams in the NFL prior to them dominating San Francisco at the Metrodome in Week 3, but the 49ers played just a horrible game that day. It was as though they didn't even prepare for guys like Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson.
Now, the 49ers will take on a Mark Sanchez-led offense that doesn't feature many weapons, and a defense that continues to get gouged in the running game. The best thing the 49ers can do on Sunday?
Go out there and play some Jim Harbaugh power running football, that's what. Starter Frank Gore should be poised for a big day, but then again, he can always expect to have a good outing. He's looked rejuvenated this year, while many have been expecting him to slow down for some time. He might not be one of the top three running backs in the NFL anymore, but smart money is on defensive players not being happy to face him week in and week out.
Kendall Hunter might also have a good day, but after writing twice now that he might be poised to break out, this writer is just going to sit back and see what happens. Hunter has all the tools to succeed in the NFL, and has shown flashes of incredibly burst and big-play ability. Unfortunately, he spent the last offseason taking dancing lessons from Anthony Dixon and lost all of his ability to make quick decisions once the ball is in his hands.
Either way, it doesn't really matter which of the running backs comes out and has a big day. The important thing is that one of them does, and that the 49ers execute a gameplan from start to finish. So many things went wrong a week ago, that it would just be a huge boost to go out and have as many things as possible translate from the practice field to gameday.
Harbaugh's offense needs to have a systematic, break-you-down approach, while the defense just needs to look like they're prepared. If they do that, any of the bad feelings regarding Week 3 will be gone. It's important to pick up this win, so that game can be regarded as a stupid loss, and not the start of a two-game losing streak.