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Bad season for 49ers to be playing AFC North?

49ers averaged just 3.5 yards per play vs. Bengals

The 49ers' 27th-ranked offense is up against another bruising defense from the AFC North this week, and that's something San Francisco will have to get accustomed to this season. The Niners face a similar challenge in each of their four games this year against that division, which currently fields the four top-ranked defenses in the NFL, and they didn't fare so well in their first try in Week 3.

Even with the ugly performance by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night, a 12-7 loss at Jacksonville in which the Ravens netted a paltry 146 yards on offense and didn't collect their initial first down until nearly two-thirds of the way through the third quarter, this much is clear: The teams of the AFC North can play some defense. Don't look now, but the AFC North teams hold down the top four...

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