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It's not just the offense that's struggling

Patrick Willis (AP/Dave Martin)

So much attention has been focused on the offense, but the defense's numbers have fallen off from a year ago. Opponents are zeroing in on LB Patrick Willis, and NT Aubrayo Franklin is feeling the effects of missing training camp, coach Mike Singletary says.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A year ago, it was the defense that served as a kind of anchor for the San Francisco 49ers. The team ranked sixth in the league against the run and was just one of three teams to allow fewer than 300 points in the NFC. A lot can change in a year. This season, the 49ers rank 18th in the NFL against the run, 21st against the pass and have allowed 130 points in five games, more... Recommended Stories

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