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Tyrann Mathieu Doesn't Appear To Be Sold On The 49ers

Richard Sherman standing on the field with his arms on his hips during a 49ers game.

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field during their game against the Detroit Lions at Levi's Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots have been picking up plenty of headlines for their elite defense, perhaps the best of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era. The team's undefeated record and impressive fantasy football numbers play a big part there. Don't sleep on the also-undefeated San Francisco 49ers though.

The Niners defense ranks right up there with the Patriots in many statistical categories. While the Pats have been getting a ton of credit for its secondary, especially when it comes to ever-valuable takeaways, San Francisco has also choked the life out of opposing passing attacks.

Through seven games, the Niners have allowed just 901 passing yards, with 10 interceptions and just five touchdowns surrendered. New England is second in that stat, at 1,190 yards, allowing just over 20 more yards per game on the season.

As flashier teams like the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints rack up wins, much of the attention in the NFC has been paid elsewhere, despite the undefeated Niners record.

Not everyone is impressed with the job the team's pass defense has done though. Tyrann Mathieu, one of the NFL's best defensive backs, has some questions about the 49ers.

Responding to an impressive San Francisco stat from longtime front office executive Gil Brandt, the Honey Badgers questioned San Francisco's schedule.

It is a fairly legitimate question. The 49ers haven't faced a litany of great passing offenses. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are talented but inconsistent, the Cleveland Browns are similar, and the Los Angeles Rams have taken a step back from last year's NFC Championship season.

Still, recording those kinds of numbers against any stretch of NFL teams is impressive, and as Brandt's numbers indicate, San Francisco is a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

Mathieu's Chiefs, meanwhile, are in the bottom 10 in total yards allowed per game. Part of that is likely because of how explosive the Chiefs offense is, forcing other teams to throw the ball aggressively to stay in games, but still, it is weird for him to chime in here given that fact.

Now, a Chiefs-49ers game in February some time? That could be fun.