How many games will the 49ers win next season?

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Here is the 49ers schedule for 2018.

How many games do you think they’ll win? Predict a winner and loser for each game on the schedule.

Week 1: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9 @ the Minnesota Vikings.

Week 2: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, September 16 vs. the Detroit Lions.

Week 3: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23 @ the Kansas City Chiefs.

Week 4: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 30 @ the Los Angeles Chargers.

Week 5: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 7 vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

Week 6: 5:15 p.m. Monday, October 15 @ the Green Bay Packers.

Week 7: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, October 21 vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

Week 8: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 28 @ the Arizona Cardinals.

Week 9: 5:20 p.m. Thursday, November 1 vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Week 10: 5:15 p.m. Monday, November 12 vs. the New York Giants.

Week 11: BYE.

Week 12: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 25 @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Week 13: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, December 2 @ the Seattle Seahawks.

Week 14: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 9 vs. the Denver Broncos.

Week 15: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 16 vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

Week 16: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 23 vs. the Chicago Bears.

Week 17: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, December 30 @ the Los Angeles Rams.

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  1. “How many games do you think they’ll win?”

    19 of course. Seriously, 12-4, and a team that can beat anyone in the playoffs. Get your popcorn ready.

    1. I can see them going 0-4 or 1-3. The schedule is top loaded and can bury them early.

      They need to start 2-2, which means a road win at either Minnesota, KC, or LA. The NFL did not do the 49ers any favors with this schedule.

    2. I think the 49ers with an improved offensive line.
      Absolutelycapable wide receivers ,a better pass rush ,and a more solid secondary with the addition of a speculative Richard Sherman actually CAN win 10 games next year.

  2. I easily see 9 wins. AZ x 2, KC, Sea (we split with them), Giants, Tampa, Chicago, Chargers, Broncos that’s without even beating the Rams once who we could easily split with.

  3. 9-7 With some win streaks. Borderline Wild Card contender. What’s your guess Grant?

    @Min L
    Det W
    @KC L
    @LA Chargers L
    AZ W
    @GB L
    LA Rams L
    @AZ W
    Raiders W
    NY Giants W
    @Tampa W
    @SEA L
    Den W
    SEA W
    Chicago W
    @LA Rams L

  4. Considering that we won the last 5 games against some good opponents, with a lackluster roster, with a QB that only knows maybe 20% of the playbook………… I think at 11, 12 wins is possible. Our team is only going to be better the 2nd year in the same system, some new FA additions, and a whole new draft class. We really didn’t lose anyone of significance.

  5. 13-3

    Week 1: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9 @ the Minnesota Vikings. Win

    Week 2: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, September 16 vs. the Detroit Lions.Win

    Week 3: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23 @ the Kansas City Chiefs.Loss

    Week 4: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 30 @ the Los Angeles Chargers.Win

    Week 5: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 7 vs. the Arizona Cardinals.Win

    Week 6: 5:15 p.m. Monday, October 15 @ the Green Bay Packers.Win

    Week 7: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, October 21 vs. the Los Angeles Rams.Win

    Week 8: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 28 @ the Arizona Cardinals.Loss

    Week 9: 5:20 p.m. Thursday, November 1 vs. the Oakland Raiders.Win

    Week 10: 5:15 p.m. Monday, November 12 vs. the New York Giants.Win

    Week 11: BYE.Win;>)

    Week 12: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 25 @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Win

    Week 13: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, December 2 @ the Seattle Seahawks.Win

    Week 14: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 9 vs. the Denver Broncos.Win

    Week 15: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 16 vs. the Seattle Seahawks.Win

    Week 16: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 23 vs. the Chicago Bears.Win

    Week 17: 1:25 p.m. Sunnday, December 30 @ the Los Angeles Rams.Loss

    1. A win against the Vikings during their home opener, with Cousins and a healthy Vike’s defense…. i dont know man???

      I’m liking the prime time games, mostly because I’m in the Rams So-cal market. I think its a very favorable schedule for us in regards to traveling compared to years past.

      Those first 4 games will be a big test for us.

      I’m not buying all the hype yet. We have a lot of holes that many commentators and analyst want to overlook. Jimmy’s definitely not fixing our defense or our O-line issues, though his quick decision making and release will certainly help.

      I say at this point we are an 8-8 team, but with luck on our side, and if the injury bug doesn’t bite too hard this year, we can win 10.

      But I will say that we will make big strides this year on both sides of the ball. Too bad Foster had to go and be a complete moron, I was really excited to see him play in year 2.

    2. Saleh will shut down your boy Mahomes in their house and your Bye week prediction is too close to call. Otherwise, who knows?

    1. Jack I’m pretty sure you’ve said 8-10 wins the past 5 years lol…are you just copy and pasting this response?

      In all fairness, 99.9% of us said the exact same thing…lol

  6. I’ll wait until after the draft, but my expectation is they will have a .500 or better record this season.

  7. Nice….49ers-Vikings in Week One…..We get enough time to prep the offense against a good defense, RB Mck plays big against old team and the 49er defense gets to show the Vikings over paid for their QB…..

    1. Five prime-time games….

      San Francisco travels to the Packers for a Monday night game on October 15,

      hosts the Rams in a Sunday night game October 21,

      host the Raiders in a Thursday night game November 1,

      hosts the Giants in a Monday night game November 12

      travels to the Seahawks for a Sunday night game on December 2.

  8. At first glance, not a bad schedule at all.

    They get their worst stretch of the year IMO out of the way immediately, and it isn’t even that bad. The Vikings and Chiefs play in the Central time zone, so they only lose two hours instead of three. The third away game is in Los Angeles, not a particularly difficult place to travel to from the Bay Area. The Vikings are an elite team, and the Chiefs are very good. But the Lions and Chargers should be very beatable. They could easily come away 2-2.

    After that, they have two difficult games against the Packers and Rams sandwiched between two games against what I think will be a sad-sack Cardinals team. The good thing is that the Rams game is at home. I’ll say 5-3 after week 8.

    In the next four weeks, they have a Thursday night game which isn’t nearly as bad as it could be. They play at home, then have 10 days before they play at home again against the Giants. Then they have a bye before their only true east coast game against the Bucs. They go 2-1 during this stretch, for a total of 7-4.

    Weeks 13-17 will likely be an exciting grind as usual. Three divisional games in five weeks, but also three home games in a row. Wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the team battling for and ultimately securing a wildcard spot during this stretch. I think they end the season 10-6.

  9. I wont guess until after the draft and pre-season; because I just don’t really know enough. But I’ll be bold here:

    Grant is now 1 – 0;

    with the “win” being making the readers go first! Good on you.

  10. My #1 schedule wish has been granted. No 10am east coast games after a Monday night game! The NFL seems to have finally gotten the message.

    The Oct. 15 Monday game vs GBP is followed by a home game
    The Nov 12 Monday game vs NYG is followed by a bye
    The Thursday game is a home game

    I’ll take it.

  11. Don’t want to be the pessimist here….but the roster still lacks depth….and in my mind, we are still far from being a championship contender.

    1) Seattle is traditionally very good in December and we face them twice in December.
    2) The first 5 games are brutal and we would be lucky to get 2 wins in the first 5. If we start 1-4, then I won’t be surprised, if we end up as a 4-12 team.
    3) We play at all the cold places – Greenbay, Minneapolis, Kansas, Detroit well before winter kick-in, so that’s a good thing.
    4) A lot less travel this year! :)
    5) I think we will win more games in November (all 3??) and December than in Sept-Oct

    Overall, I think we will be an 8-8 team. If there are injuries to key players, then another 6-10 is very much on the cards.

  12. These predictions are based on a healthy team at the key positions.

    Week 1: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9 @ the Minnesota Vikings. W
    Cousins will be playing his first game in that offense. He won’t have it down yet. Perfect timing for this game.

    Week 2: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, September 16 vs. the Detroit Lions. W
    Cmon it’s the lions!

    Week 3: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23 @ the Kansas City Chiefs. W
    A tough win in a hard place to play.

    Week 4: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 30 @ the Los Angeles Chargers. W
    Chargers like to struggle early in the year usually and get hot mid to late season.

    Week 5: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 7 vs. the Arizona Cardinals. W
    The red birds are done!

    Week 6: 5:15 p.m. Monday, October 15 @ the Green Bay Packers. W
    Niners start 6-0 and beat The Pack.
    Because Rodgers will be out!

    Week 7: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, October 21 vs. the Los Angeles Rams. L
    We spilt with LA and win on each other’s turf this season. Jimmy G’s winstreak ends with a tie with Big Ben and his win streak starting.

    Week 8: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 28 @ the Arizona Cardinals. W
    They bounce back in a big way. Blowout in the desert.

    Week 9: 5:20 p.m. Thursday, November 1 vs. the Oakland Raiders. W
    High scoring game but Jimmy G comes through with a clutch game winning drive.

    Week 10: 5:15 p.m. Monday, November 12 vs. the New York Giants. W
    NY isn’t good.

    Week 11: BYE

    Week 12: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 25 @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. L
    Cross country and TB will be better this season.

    Week 13: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, December 2 @ the Seattle Seahawks. W
    The Jimmy G TD throw in the meaningless game last year was the turning point. The Seattle reign is over! Win in Seattle with more 49er fans there than seahak fans!

    Week 14: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 9 vs. the Denver Broncos. L
    Broncos win this one Seattle will beat us up a bit.

    Week 15: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 16 vs. the Seattle Seahawks. W
    Read above

    Week 16: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 23 vs. the Chicago Bears. W
    They can’t contain or score enough.

    Week 17: 1:25 p.m. Sunnday, December 30 @ the Los Angeles Rams. W
    Shanny will be resting his starters for the playoffs and will still get the win. 🤣

    ————————————–

    13-3 maybe 12-4 with the GB game.
    Nobody is going to stop this offense.

  13. Will go with a conservative 10-6.
    One win I am expecting is the opening game against the Vikes. Shanny will be game planning all summer for that one. He knows Cousin’s tendencies. McKinnon will have a point to prove. Zimmer will still be in the “can’t believe we got Cousins” mode with a smile on his face, and won’t know what hit him. 27-20.

  14. https://www.lockedon49ers.com/sf-49ers/jimmy-garoppolo-effect-49ers-2017-points-per-drive-stat-breakdown/

    “To summarize, with fellow quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard under center, the 49ers averaged 26.6 yards-per-drive, which was the seventh lowest average in the NFL. However, with Garoppolo at quarterback, the 49ers averaged over 42 yards-per-drive — tops in the league in 2017, and more than the historic 2016 Atlanta Falcons.”

    “In 2017, the 49ers finished the season near the middle of the pack with 1.8 points-per-drive, but they struggled pre-Garoppolo, managing just 1.4 points-per-drive — even less than their 1.6 points-per-drive in 2016. However, with Garoppolo under center, the 49ers averaged 2.9 points-per-drive, topping even the league-leading Patriots:”

  15. Losses:
    @MIN
    vs DET
    @ KC
    @ Tampa
    vs LAR

    Wins:
    @LAC
    vs AZ
    @GB
    @AZ
    vs OAK
    vs NYG
    @Seattle
    vs DEN
    vs Seattle
    vs CHI
    @LAR

    1. Breer goes on , “Which probably means it’s not happening. Edmunds, athletically, could easily slide into the KJ Wright role in San Francisco’s Seattle-style defense, and he fits the bill personality-wise, too, after what just went down with Reuben Foster.” “They need to go safe,” said one rival exec. “And this kid is buttoned up, a great kid who’d be a very good pick for them.”

          1. http://walterfootball.com/nflrumors/teamdraft

            “One of the strongest player/team connections I’ve heard over the past two weeks has linked Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds to the 49ers.” – Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated

            “Breer then joked that it means it probably won’t happen. Edmunds makes a ton of sense for the 49ers, but you could also say that for the Colts and Bears. There’s a good chance Edmunds won’t be available at No. 9, but if he is, he’d be a great replacement for the troubled Reuben Foster.”

            Breer was joking about it not happening. Still, who knows what’s real or smoke.

      1. They’ve been discussing him on Lockedon49ers, and a couple of the guests have said that his instincts are either raw or just not that great, despite his great athleticism.

        To be safe, I think we need a guy with a high SPARQ score, great production, and great leadership and character. We also need a position of value (meaning the best paid athletes at the position are among the highest paid players in the NFL), a position of strength in the draft (so we’re not reaching, let’s say if Landry really isn’t typically the 9th best player in most drafts), and a position that would add the most incremental value on the 49ers (meaning the 1st round player is MUCH better than the player he starts ahead of that was already on the roster).

        1. “his instincts are either raw or just not that great”

          I would say raw. But also stunted because of VT’s run blitz heavy scheme.

        2. Alan M,
          Edmunds meets three of the strengths you describe and one can be achieved through coaching and game experience.
          Production, Leadership and Character are great strengths for a young man with tremendous athletic gifts.

          The instincts will come with coaching and familiarity
          to the game.
          He will make mistakes no doubt (all rookies do), but he will also be physically able to cover some of those mistakes until the instincts improve.
          Remember, we are talking about a guy who is 6’4, 250 lbs, runs a 4.5 40, that put all that together to be a productive college player and consensus top 10 pick.

          Not saying he is a slam-dunk pick for the 49ers, but some team is going to get a darn good player that’s going to develop into something special.

          1. Good breakdown AES. Honestly, I’ve never seen him play, but his ceiling sounds really high. Seems to me though that the floor is a little lower than Roquan Smith, because he’s younger and presently not as far along in his development, and sometimes guys with high athletic potential just don’t develop.

            Given that the 49ers screwed up with drafting Foster, do you think it would be smarter to take more of the sure thing in Smith than Edmunds? Again, I only saw Smith twice and was impressed, and never saw Edmunds play.

            I’m hoping they draft Landry, but never saw him play either. Who would you choose from: Landry, Fitzpatrick, Smith, or Edmunds?

            1. Alan,
              Landry, Fitz, Smith, James and Edmunds would all make very good players.
              I believe that Smith, Fitz and James would be day one starters while Landry and Edmunds would get their share of snaps in their 1st year but eventually become starters by seasons end.

              Regarding Edmunds’ ceiling; I believe that because of his freakish athleticism and age that his ceiling may be higher than any player in this draft class. That thought is shared by many draftniks but its a wait and see with.
              That said, because of the Foster’ foolishness I see us going with Ro Smith for outside LB and hope we can find a capable MIKE LB.

  16. Tough schedule. Gronk will become Jimmy’s favorite target very early on. I see 10-6 Wild Card

    Week 1: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9 @ the Minnesota Vikings. Win SF 23 MINN 20

    Week 2: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, September 16 vs. the Detroit Lions. WIN SF 34 DET 17

    Week 3: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23 @ the Kansas City Chiefs. LOSS SF 16 KC 24

    Week 4: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 30 @ the Los Angeles Chargers. Win SF 28 LAC 24

    Week 5: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 7 vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Win SF 21 ARZ 17

    Week 6: 5:15 p.m. Monday, October 15 @ the Green Bay Packers. LOSS SF 19 GB 23

    Week 7: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, October 21 vs. the Los Angeles Rams. WIN SF 38 LAR 35

    Week 8: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 28 @ the Arizona Cardinals. LOSS SF 21 ARZ 26

    Week 9: 5:20 p.m. Thursday, November 1 vs. the Oakland Raiders. WIN SF 31 OAK 21

    Week 10: 5:15 p.m. Monday, November 12 vs. the New York Giants. WIN SF 22 NY 13

    Week 11: BYE.

    Week 12: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 25 @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. LOSS SF 24 TB 26

    Week 13: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, December 2 @ the Seattle Seahawks. LOSS SF 16 SEA 19

    Week 14: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 9 vs. the Denver Broncos. WIN SF 30 DEN 27

    Week 15: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 16 vs. the Seattle Seahawks. WIN SF 21 SEA 20

    Week 16: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 23 vs. the Chicago Bears. WIN SF 34 CHC 16

    Week 17: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, December 30 @ the Los Angeles Rams. LOSS SF 28 LAR 30

    1. Juan,

      I see the exact same wins and losses as you, except I would flip week 1 @ MIN to a loss and week 8 @ ARI to a win. But I could definitely see it going your way too. Extra credit for the score predictions :)

      1. Totally agree on that. 10-6 but we aren’t beating the Vikings in their home opener. The Vikings offense will be able to score a few points and their defense may be the best defense in the NFL.

        1. If the 9ers beat the Vikes week 1, that will dramatically effect the power rankings. No one will want to see us on their schedule.

      2. Jag and Juan, I agree, silly as it may be to try and suss out W/L at this stage. I’m just glad we’re beyond the stage where I considered the Bye week a “win”.

  17. Prediction, observations, analysis and commentary.

    1. 11-5
    2. We lose both games to the Rams.
    3. Final game of the season , Rams, wont be meaningless this year. Rams will be playing for home field advantage throughout playoffs and we will be playing to clinch wildcard.
    4. We play 6 games and 5 teams who will potentially start rookie or second year qb – KC, AZ, AZ, NYG, DEN, CHI
    5. 5 primetime games is nice.
    6. Only 3 10 am starts is also nice. I dont care for early games.

    Go Niners

  18. Odd similarity with the 2014 schedule when the team also played Seattle in week 13 and then again in week 15. We also were playing the AFC West that year as well. Kinda weird.

  19. So “the Ringer’s Kevin Clark reports the Browns have “considered” drafting a quarterback with both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.”

    Given that the Browns haven’t had a good QB in like forever, I’m not so sure that this is a bad idea. Other positions are much easier to fill (edge rusher is tough, but they already have Garrett). I’d be curious to know what others think are the pros and cons of the Browns selecting a QB with both picks No. 1 and No.4.

    1. I think it’s a brilliant idea and it’s exactly what the Browns ought to do. Just imagine having Darnold and Rosen. One of them is going to be a bust and one is going to be good. Why give yourself a 50/50 chance of getting your long-term starter, when you can give yourself something like an 80% chance, and have a nice backup and competition on your team to boot? And if both succeed, one is going to get you back the value of the pick or more in a future draft. In addition to the opportunity cost of losing out on a Barkley or Chubb, another cost is having 3 QBs on the roster, which they might need anyway. But if I’m the Browns, who haven’t had a good QB since Bernie, I’m using both picks on QB.

    2. It’s a dumb idea…..history says the second QB will end up never playing for the browns….

      limited reps you can share among the starter and the 1st rookie…….now add another rookie who will not get a fair chance to compete…

      1. Reps will probably be an issue as you state. Still I’m wondering how many “starter” reps JG got when he was with NE. If the Browns select two QBs, I don’t think that they can view it as a one year trial for both guys. It will be multiple years of development and then probably unloading one of them in the future to another team for picks. Of course, the Browns would need to have a team and a well-thought out strategy to develop these QBs, which is questionable.

    3. Given the Browns’ track record with QB play, I’d spend every draft pick from here out on QB’s until they find one that can succeed in the NFL.

  20. Best thing about this schedule, and it’s a huge plus, is the east coast travel schedule. Having a couple of central time zone away games and very few (Tampa only?) eastern time zone away games, will make it so much easier for this team to play away games. Of course, going to LA instead of St. Louis is a plus, and playing the AFC West is another plus.

    I don’t know what to make of all the prime time. Niners are historically a great prime time team, but these guys are young and not used to the attention that comes with winning.

    But the more I look over this schedule, the more confident I become about this season.

  21. To go 10-6, they need a big impact pass rusher. They should roll the dice on Landry. Slim pickins in this draft after that.

    1. Adding Dirty Landry to this defense would facilitate them taking offenses to the cleaners more than any other player.

  22. OK now that we have all made our predictions how bout predicting what grant will say. How pissed off does he want to make optimistic 9er fans? How many clicks can he get? I predict the 9ers will be 10-6 but with a good health and a break or 2 could be 11-5. I think Grants prediction will be 8-8.

  23. THINGS WE DON’T KNOW FOR THE 2018 SEASON:
    1) New F/A players: (OG) Cooper, (C) Richburg, (RB) McKinnon, (CB) Sherman, how will they work out?
    2) How will (WR) Garcon, injury, (OG) Garnett, (OT) Gilliam, (DE) Armstead, (CB) Ward, fit in?
    3) Reuben Foster’s fate, NFL or prison?
    4) NEW players IN 2018 draft, how will they do?
    5) How long before the 9er’s get used to playing as a team?
    PREDICTION: THE 9ERS START SLOW AND FINISH STRONG. 10W – 6L And a wild card win.
    LOSSES:
    WEEK 1: Vikings
    WEEK 3: KC
    WEEK 6: GB
    WEEK 7: Rams
    Week 12: T Bay
    WEEK 14: Denver

  24. I’m just surprised they have a 1pm game in September at Levis. 3 of the first 4 on the road will help to avoid that late summer heat, but surprised that game 2 wasn’t a evening game, be it Thrusday, Sunday or Monday.

    Also they will go 16-0. Anyone who says otherwise isn’t a true fan.

    But in reality:

    Week 1: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9 @ the Minnesota Vikings. (L …but really a toss-up).

    Week 2: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, September 16 vs. the Detroit Lions. (W)

    Week 3: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23 @ the Kansas City Chiefs. (W…Mahones is going to flame out)

    Week 4: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 30 @ the Los Angeles Chargers. (W)

    Week 5: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 7 vs. the Arizona Cardinals. (W)

    Week 6: 5:15 p.m. Monday, October 15 @ the Green Bay Packers. (L …its SF @ GB)

    Week 7: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, October 21 vs. the Los Angeles Rams. (W)

    Week 8: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 28 @ the Arizona Cardinals. (W)

    Week 9: 5:20 p.m. Thursday, November 1 vs. the Oakland Raiders. (W)

    Week 10: 5:15 p.m. Monday, November 12 vs. the New York Giants. (W)

    Week 11: BYE.

    Week 12: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 25 @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (W)

    Week 13: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, December 2 @ the Seattle Seahawks. (L)

    Week 14: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 9 vs. the Denver Broncos. (W)

    Week 15: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 16 vs. the Seattle Seahawks. (W)

    Week 16: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 23 vs. the Chicago Bears. (W)

    Week 17: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, December 30 @ the Los Angeles Rams. (L…end of year, playoffs secured, starters on bench)

    12 – 4. Book it!

  25. Week 1: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9 @ the Minnesota Vikings. Win SF 23 MINN 20 Cousins wont be ready makes 1 too many errors.

    Week 2: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, September 16 vs. the Detroit Lions. WIN SF 34 DET 17 Detroit with new coach will still be trying to figure it out.

    Week 3: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23 @ the Kansas City Chiefs.Win SF 16 KC 10 No Marcus Peters or Alex. Patrick wills struggle.

    Week 4: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 30 @ the Los Angeles Chargers. Loss SF 14 LAC 24 Rams are going to rough up Jimmy.

    Week 5: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 7 vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Win SF 21 ARZ 10 The birds are going to playing for a first round pick in 2019 draft.

    Week 6: 5:15 p.m. Monday, October 15 @ the Green Bay Packers. LOSS SF 10 GB 30 Rogers will go off

    Week 7: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, October 21 vs. the Los Angeles Rams. Loss SF 14 LAR 21 Rams are the new Seahawks

    Week 8: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 28 @ the Arizona Cardinals. Win SF 30 ARZ 10 Jimmy goes off

    Week 9: 5:20 p.m. Thursday, November 1 vs. the Oakland Raiders. WIN SF 24 OAK 10 Oakland will struggle against the play calling of KS

    Week 10: 5:15 p.m. Monday, November 12 vs. the New York Giants. WIN SF 22 NY 13 Easy victory

    Week 11: BYE.

    Week 12: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 25 @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Loss SF 24 TB 27 Jimmy throws and INT on the game winning drive. Or we fumble.

    Week 13: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, December 2 @ the Seattle Seahawks. Win SF 19 SEA 14 Seattle gets booed at home

    Week 14: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 9 vs. the Denver Broncos. WIN SF 30 DEN 27High scoring game. patrick looks good but makes a big mistake.

    Week 15: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 16 vs. the Seattle Seahawks. WIN SF 21 SEA 17 The empire is sunk

    Week 16: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 23 vs. the Chicago Bears. WIN SF 34 CHC 16 C.J. Plays the whole 4th

    Week 17: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, December 30 @ the Los Angeles Rams. LOSS SF 28 LAR 30 Rams are playing for home field advantage and became the 49er toughest team to play.

    11-5 Wildcard

  26. Alan M,
    Edmunds meets three of the strengths you describe and one can be achieved through coaching and game experience.
    Production, Leadership and Character are great strengths for a young man with tremendous athletic gifts.

    The instincts will come with coaching and familiarity
    to the game.
    He will make mistakes no doubt (all rookies do), but he will also be physically able to cover some of those mistakes until the instincts improve.
    Remember, we are talking about a guy who is 6’4, 250 lbs, runs a 4.5 40, that put all that together to be a productive college player and consensus and top 10 pick.

    Not saying he is a slam-dunk pick for the 49ers, but some team is going to get a darn good that will develop into something special.

  27. Thanks JAG_TKD, your probably right on that but I just think KS will have so much time to prepare for the Vikings that it will negate to enough extent their tremendous defense. It’s always a struggle up there though, for sure, and it will be once again. Arizona, on the other hand, always finds a way to beat us down there for some reason, regardless of who they put on the field, but they could definitely be flipped. The other game I actually worry about believe it or not is Detroit. They always come out of the chute blazing early season before fading. This could be a slight letdown game, after the hard fought victory up North week 1. Opening day at Levi’s will make the difference there. Close game in the first half before the Niners break it open.

    1. Razor, you missed the trifecta. Should have said “yea, never bet against Shanny and Jimmy with a summer to prepare for Zimmy “. 😜

      1. Zoh!!!
        Jags had one of the best Defenses last year and came to town to wrap up their PO spot. Zoh!
        Both Shanny and The Vikes will be ready. Buckle up.

  28. 9-7. Jimmy G gives the Niners a winning record, but the defense’s ability to get off the field is still a major problem until they prove otherwise.

  29. Jimmy G and Richard Sherman — both are undefeated at Levi’s !

    I’m betting on 8-0 and home and at least 2 wins on the road — probably 4.

  30. Hard to predict results this early with not knowing the roster post draft but if I had to guess:

    Week 1: @ Minnesota Vikings – Loss. One of the top SB contenders with a stacked team on both sides of the ball is not losing their home opener to the 9ers.

    Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions – Win. The Niners will win their home opener against a pretty good Lions team.

    Week 3: @ Kansas City Chiefs – Loss. KC is one of the hardest places to win on the road.

    Week 4: @ Los Angeles Chargers – Loss. Chargers were one of the best teams in the league the second half of last season and will be a strong contender for the division title.

    Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win. Cards are rebuilding.

    Week 6: @ Green Bay Packers – Loss. Packers will be back to contention status with Rodgers.

    Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams – Win. 49ers almost beat the Rams at home last year and will do so in 2018 in the battle of the hotshot young HC’s.

    Week 8: @ Arizona Cardinals – Win. See previous reasons.

    Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders – Win. The Raiders are going to struggle next year not because of Gruden, but because of poor drafting for most of McKenzie’s tenure as GM. Really thin roster in Oaktown.

    Week 10: vs. New York Giants – Win. Niners head into the bye on a 4 game win streak.

    Week 11: BYE

    Week 12: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win. Tough travel game and early start time but 9ers will be prepared coming off the bye.

    Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks – Loss. Still one of the hardest places to win a game on the road.

    Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos – Win. Broncos will find out why Case Keenum has never been a true starter before.

    Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks – Win. The tide turns as the 9ers start their ascension to the top of the division.

    Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears – Win. Bears will be better this season but not as good as the 9ers.

    Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams – Loss. Unlike last year, this game could be very important. Deciding the division title important. Rams win the division in a close game.

    10-6 and hopefully a wild card.

    1. some notes:
      — wk 2 – Patricia will have the Lions D ready for Jimmy, as this will be Shanny’s early season BIG test on O, as Patricia will have a good idea what to prep for vs. Jimmy…conversely, JG should give us an advantage on what Patricia’s D could be like…
      — wk 3 – KC is a tough place, but is KC’s D good enough to put a “wet blanket” on JG & Kyle? Wk 2’s performance against Patricia’s D may be a factor for KC’s ability to suppress Jimmy & Kyle…
      — wk 4 – LAC game…not to be taken lightly…yet many here are doing just that…
      — wk 7 – LAR 1st game….our OL better have it’s collective S**T together, don’t want to see CJ have to come in for Jimmy!!!!! A run game would be of IMMENSE help here!!
      — wk 13 – I think we’re overestimating how quick Carroll’s rebuild will take effect… both SEA games should be W’s…

  31. I find it almost impossible to objectively compare the 49ers roster to the rosters of other strong teams now. The older I get, the dumber I feel. Sleepy too.

  32. For me, my season would be complete if we beat the Shechicks 2x’s and smash the Raiders. I would love to see Chucky fuming on the sidelines.

  33. No way am I attempting to predict win totals. The injury bug that hit in 2014 was still well above league average in 2016. That’s a big variable. Perhaps even more than the draft. Lets see if ee can get through training camp and preseason in one piece.

    Its a good sign we don’t have to fly 3000 miles for a 10am game following MNF. Those were killers.

  34. I’ve been reading the comments and it seems to me one thing the faithful have forgotten is..how does our divisional opponents sked look outside of playing the 9ers..we have the 15th ranked sked but where do they rank…9-7,10- 6,may win the division..if all nfc west teams play the same divisions as the 9ers why can’t we have a better record versus said opponents..last question?…any old timers get my screen name…I bet 8 out of 10 will..the other two,oh well
    .too young to remembet

  35. Week 1: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9 @ the Minnesota Vikings. loss

    Week 2: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, September 16 vs. the Detroit Lions.Win

    Week 3: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23 @ the Kansas City Chiefs.Loss

    Week 4: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 30 @ the Los Angeles Chargers.Win

    Week 5: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 7 vs. the Arizona Cardinals.Win

    Week 6: 5:15 p.m. Monday, October 15 @ the Green Bay Packers. Loss

    Week 7: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, October 21 vs. the Los Angeles Rams.Win

    Week 8: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 28 @ the Arizona Cardinals.Win

    Week 9: 5:20 p.m. Thursday, November 1 vs. the Oakland Raiders.Win

    Week 10: 5:15 p.m. Monday, November 12 vs. the New York Giants.Win

    Week 11: BYE

    Week 12: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 25 @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.loss

    Week 13: 5:20 p.m. Sunday, December 2 @ the Seattle Seahawks. loss

    Week 14: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 9 vs. the Denver Broncos.Win

    Week 15: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 16 vs. the Seattle Seahawks.Win

    Week 16: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, December 23 vs. the Chicago Bears.Win

    Week 17: 1:25 p.m. Sunnday, December 30 @ the Los Angeles Rams. loss

    10 wins

  36. 10- and 6 .

    To many question marks , that have to pan out .

    Holes to fill .

    But the team is on the rise .
    And IMO headed in the right direction .

    After the draft everyone can take a real guess at it ?

    Should leave us a good idea of what we are working with

  37. My second, final and no doubt 100% accurate mock.

    1. Harold Landry, Edge. Landry for mine is the best pure pass rusher in the draft and worthy of top 10 consideration. He looks an ideal fit for the Leo.

    2. Austin Corbett, OL. Athletic OL that will likely move to OG in the NFL. Alternative could be Tyrell Crosby if Corbett is gone.

    3a. Michael Gallup, WR. Solid all round WR with decent size and speed. Backup and eventual replacement for Garcon.

    3b. Quenton Meeks, CB. Smart and athletic CB with good size.

    4. Tegray Scales, LB. Highly instinctive LB with excellent production.

    5. Mark Walton, RB. Steady all round back that is on the smaller side, but provides a nice backup/rotation guy that can run, catch and block.

    6. Michael Joseph, CB. Very raw and played a low level of competition, but good size, athleticism and ball skills.

    7a. Quadree Henderson, PR/KR/WR. Return specialist that offers some receiving skills from the slot.

    7b. Foye Oluokun, S/LB. Big and athletic guy that can play S and LB that the 49ers had in for a visit. I see him filling that backup SS role and playing STs.

  38. 49ers met with Ronald Jones

    True Fact:. The 49ers always draft players they have met. Often swelling the roster well above the NFL’s limit, incurring major fines and penalties. But they just don’t care…

    Seriously, I like his vision, balance after contact, well timed cut backs in tne ZBS. I can see why they would want to talk to him. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2WLz1deZ9D8

  39. I’ve NEVER done a mock, but I’m going to try to do a top 10 to justify my niners pick at 9..
    Browns: Saquan Barkley. Saquan is a game changer. There is no QB in this draft of the same caliber as Saquan, a generational talent. They can’t afford to pass on him hoping to get a “just as good running back in the 2nd or 3rd”

    Giants: Quinton Nelson: The Giants have lost good olineman this off-season. They want Eli to play this year and maybe next. They have to protect him. So you do it with the best olineman in the draft.

    Jets: Josh Allen: the Jets need a good cold weather QB to thrive in New York City. Big,Strong, Big Ben lite. The Jets have their man.

    Cleveland: Sam Darnold. Now if last year’s regime was still in charge I’d go Bradley Chubb. But these boys have missed out on QB’s to many times. I think Sam D comes off the board here.

    Denver: Denzel Ward. Now this is the case of, put a dominant edge on the other side of Miller, or put a guy in your backfield to replace Talib. The Broncos secondary deems itself the no fly zone. Led the league in pass yardage and in forced turnovers. According to the majority of pundits, Ward is the best CB in the draft. They would want to keep that mentality.

    Colts: Bradley Chubb. They haven’t had a dominant pass rusher since Mathis. Enough said.

    Tampa Bay: Minkah Fitz. This Defense needs a captain in the secondary. Minkah fits the bill. On and off the field. He will become the best secondary player in Tampa since John Lynch.

    Chicago: Roquan Smith: Pundits consider Smith the best linebacker in the draft. But they say hes small at the point of impact on trying to avoid olineman. I personally think he’s a Bowman in the making inside of a 3-4 scheme. Would Vic want to pass on that?

    49ers: Derwin James: Razor got me checking on this guy earlier in the year. And the more I think about it, the more he reminds me of Kam Chancellor. This man has a nose for the big hit. This team is talking of moving Jimmie to CB. So you put Tartt at FS, who is a ballhawk, and put James as the SS. You have your LOB lite in the making.

    Oakland: Calvin Ridley. Surprise pick. John Gruden loves his offense, and since the other 2 top Dawgs are gone (Nelson, Barkley) you can’t go wrong with this man. He replaces Crab, big insurance for Cooper. John gives his top offensive player, an offensively gifted Playmaker.

    So that is my top 10, barring trades. But there will be trades so it’s going to screw this all up.. lol. With that said if the niners pick and Fitz, Ward, Smith, James, Landry are on the board, I’d take Fitz. Just my opinion.

    1. Steelematic – thanks for putting in the time. James would be an outstanding pick. Would create some redundancy at safety, but its hard to pass on physically unique players like James. He seems to be what Lynch wants.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AZlK9OHpDAw
      At 3 minute mark Lynch discusses getting an explosive player at pick 9.

      1. Thanks Brodie. I’ve never done one, so I just took a shot. Razor got me into him, and when I went to YouTube to see his strengths and weaknesses, he really strikes me as a guy who puts fear in ball handlers.

  40. Hard to tell before Draft, but I predict 10-6 best case. I think the NFC will be tough this year and the Niners will be in the hunt for a Wild Card spot week 17.
    Week 1: @ the Minnesota Vikings. : L On the road vs. a good D
    Week 2: vs. the Detroit Lions. W Home opener vs. a shaky D
    Week 3: @ the Kansas City Chiefs W. Intimidating environment, Good D, but new QB, which tips to the Niners escaping with a 3 pt win.
    Week 4: @ the Los Angeles Chargers L This team was hot last year and should be better this year. This is a toss up game that I will give to the home team.
    Week 5: vs. the Arizona Cardinals. W new coach/system, question mark at QB, Niners run away with this one.
    Week 6: @ the Green Bay Packers. L Aaron Rodgers at Home= Road defeat.
    Week 7: the Los Angeles Rams. L This one will be an epic shoot out, but We will loose on a last minute score.
    Week 8: @ the Arizona Cardinals. W (see week 5)
    Week 9: the Oakland Raiders. W Raiders D will give up a ton of points to the Niners and come up short on offense.
    Week 10: vs. the New York Giants. W The Giants will be improved this year, but will still lose to the Niners by 7 or less.
    Week 12: @ the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. L East Coast game with an early start, Niners play flat an loose.
    Week 13: @ the Seattle Seahawks. L I wont believe a victory in Seattle until I see one.
    Week 14: vs. the Denver Broncos. W Another narrow win
    Week 15: vs. the Seattle Seahawks. W Niners win by 3.
    Week 16: vs. the Chicago Bears. W Niners win by a large margin
    Week 17: @ the Los Angeles Rams. W Rams rest their starters, while the Niners Battle for a Wild Card

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