While the San Francisco 49ers offense deals with a quarterback “issue” that keeps grabbing the headlines, the team’s defense continues with a “business as usual” attitude that has the unit at the top of the NFL STOP Factor rankings.
The 49ers defense is just percentage points ahead of the Chicago Bears defense in this weekly ranking. The 49ers have stopped their opponents from scoring on 84 of 113 possessions, a STOP Factor of 74.3. The Bears’ “D” is ranked second with a 74.0 rating.
One quick note: Looking at the records of teams that are listed in this rankings top five, these five teams have a combined win-loss record of 38-16-1, a winning percentage of .700. The five teams listed in the bottom five of the STOP Factor rankings are a combined 16-39, a .291 winning percentage.
A strong defensive unit wins games!