Given that we are half way through the season and the 49ers are only one game behind the Packers for the best record in the league, I've decided to compare the opponents that Green Bay and San Francisco have faced and will play later in the season. Everyone claims that the Packers are the team to beat in the NFL, and rightfully so, but as ESPN's new show states, numbers don't lie. For all the accolades that Green Bay has gotten so far, the combined W-L record of their opponents up to now is a dismal 28-38. As far as the 49ers opponents are concerned, their combined W-L record is at least a respectable 31-33.
Green Bay fanatics could argue that the 49ers division aides in the 49ers easy schedule, but the 49ers have only faced one on opening weekend which makes their 7-1 record more impressive in my book. Along with the fact that they have yet to face the Lions this season, the Packers second half schedule (where their opponents combined W-L record is 32-27) on paper appears to be more brutal than the 49ers remaining schedule because the combined record for their opponents are only 23-26. Factoring out their divisional games the Packers opposing W-L is 36-43 as whereas the 49ers opposing W-L is 47-34 which to me, would even out their respective strength of schedules.
What does this all mean? Are the Packers overrated at 8-0 or are the 49ers underrated at 7-1? Sure the saying "Any Given Sunday" was demonstrated by the Rams astonishing defeat of the Saints a few weeks ago, but I find it hard to believe that a Jim Harbaugh led team will relinquish the opportunity to win the 49ers first division crown since 2002. With most of their divisional games ahead of them and just nine weeks left in the regular season, week 17 could prove to be essential when determining who has home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
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