San Francisco 49ers Schedule Breakdown Pt.2

49ers Schedule Breakdown Pt. 2: Saints, Bills, Cowboys, and more

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By Sam Corcoran September 11, 2020 0 Comment
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After what should be a strong first half of the season, how will the 49ers close out the season as they look to win their sixth Super Bowl?

If you have not read part 1 of the 49ers schedule preview yet, make sure to do so.

Week 9: vs. Green Bay Packers

For the third straight season, the 49ers play a week 9 Thursday Night Football game, this year against the Packers in an NFC Championship rematch.

For the past few seasons, the 49ers have given Green Bay a run for their money. In 2018, an injury-riddled squad lead by CJ Beathard limped into Lambeau Field and lost on a field goal with no time left. Last season, when the Niners were healthy, Green Bay didn’t stand a chance against San Francisco, losing 37-8 and 37-20.

After these disappointing performances, the Packers look to get revenge on the team that caused them so much trouble last year. In addition to star running back Aaron Jones, the Packers drafted A.J. Dillon in the 2nd round, creating a fierce committee along with Jamal Williams. And let’s not forget about Davante Adams, who was responsible for all eight points in the 49ers week 12 blowout last year. On the defensive side of the ball, ZaDarius Smith, Jaire Alexander, and Preston Smith hope to lead the way again and add on to their stellar seasons last year

The Packers’ losses, however, may set them back significantly this season. On offense, they lost RT Brian Bulaga and on defense, they lost LB Blake Martinez. Green Bay didn’t do much this off-season to fill these holes or improve on another significant hole at WR. With guys like Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa, and a fierce run game, it will be difficult for Green Bay to stop this 49ers squad, and they will yet again fail to beat the 49ers.

Prediction: 49ers 30 Packers 20

Week 10: @ New Orleans Saints

After last year’s week 14 bloodbath, the Saints, like the Packers, look to get revenge on this 49ers squad.

The Saints enter 2020 with a much-needed boost. In the receiving core, former 49er Emmanuel Sanders looks to be a solid number two option. Rookies Cesar Ruiz and Adam Trautman should provide a much-needed boost to this offense as well. On the defensive side, New Orleans comes in with a relatively similar defense looking to build on from last year’s success

As always, playing in the Superdome – with or without fans – is a difficult task for any team. The Saints have had this game marked on their calendar since the schedule was released, and will be preparing for it all season. With a deep offense that figured out the 49ers defense last year, New Orleans will be able to hand the 49ers their 2nd loss of the season

Prediction: 49ers 31 Saints 37

Week 11: Bye

Unlike last year, the 49ers bye week comes much later in the season

Similarly to 2019, the Niners enter the bye with a top-tier record. With an 8-2 record, the 49ers have done all but clinched a playoff spot. Just six more teams to face off and the 49ers will hopefully be back in the playoffs once again.

Week 12: @ Los Angeles Rams

The first match-up with a division opponent for the second time for the 49ers comes week 12 at SoFi Stadium against the Rams.

After a fairly large week 6 victory, game 2 should be much close being in Los Angeles. However, with the 49ers coming off of a bye, they should easily be able to capitalize on the Rams’ weaknesses. Ultimately, the 49ers will add another game to the win column. However, expect this game – like any division game – to be fairly close and a defensive battle.

Prediction: 49ers 22 Rams 17

Week 13: vs. Buffalo Bills

In what could be their biggest interconference match-up, the 49ers head home to face the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football week 13.

Buffalo enters 2020 with a top tier defense. The question marks for them will be on the offensive side of the ball. Can Josh Allen step his passing game up? Can Devin Singletary become a legit RB1? Will Stefon Diggs be the player he was in Minnesota?

With all these questions in mind, it’s hard to see how the 49ers’ defense will have difficulties against the Buffalo offense. With a proven offense to counter their defense as well, the Niners will take this game and finish 4-0 against AFC East opponents

Prediction: 49ers 20 Bills 9

Week 14: vs. Washington

Not much needs to be said about this game. Washington has holes at almost every position besides its defensive line, which should create problems for the Niners. However, that stacked line can’t do all the work for the team, and the Niners will be easily able to capitalize on Washington’s woes.

Prediction: 49ers 30 Washington 9

Week 15: @ Dallas Cowboys

The last of the 49ers’ primetime games is against the Cowboys in Arlington on Sunday Night Football.

After a disappointing 2019, Dallas looks to be a top team in the NFC this year. With plenty of offensive weapons, along with a strong offensive line, Dak Prescott has everything he needs to succeed. The defensive side of the ball contains many more question marks. Although the Cowboys secondary got significantly worse, the additions of Everson Griffen and Aldon Smith on the defensive line give this defense the opportunity to stay somewhat intact. The big question is can they execute?

Being a late regular-season game, this game should be a bloodbath. However, the Niners will come out on top. With Dallas losing La’el Collins and Travis Frederick on the offensive line, the Cowboys will struggle against the 49ers’ fierce pass rush. Additionally, San Fran’s wider receivers should be able to capitalize on the secondary woes in Dallas, allowing for a close 49ers victory.

Prediction: 49ers 28 Cowboys 25

Week 16: @ Arizona Cardinals

A week 1 rematch, the 49ers head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. The Cardinals will have way more experience by week 16 and should be able to stop the Niners. Being in Arizona, along with seeming to always figure out this team, Arizona has the pieces to pull out a close victory, handing the 49ers their third loss of the season.

Prediction: 49ers 33 Cardinals 34

Week 17: vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Niners close out the season with yet another showdown against Seattle.

The result of this game will depend on if San Francisco rests starters. If they do, Seattle easily wins this game. However, don’t expect the 49ers to do so. With Seattle being one of the best teams in the NFC, this game could determine the division again.

With that being said, the 49ers will win their week 17 battle yet again. After a week 8 loss, the 49ers enter this game with a vengeance. They will learn from their mistakes and capitalize on Seattle’s woes, closing the season with a 13-3 record and an NFC West Championship.

Prediction: 49ers 31 Seahawks 30

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