Is our upcoming schedule REALLY that tough? I don't think so. For the rest of the season, we play 7 mediocre, middle-of-the-pack teams that aren't any better than us -- a gaggle of potential first round playoff losers (I excluded the obviously good and bad teams -- Indy, Philly, Detroit, and St. Louis).
Houston, Tennessee, Chicago, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Seattle, and Arizona -- all beatable. Assuming we lose to the two really good teams (IND and PHI) and beat the really bad team (DET and STL) -- we're looking at 5-4 with a need to win 4 out of the 7 mediocre-on-mediocre matchups.
We've got 4 of the 7 at home, and one of the road matchups we're playing after a bye (we'll be rested, ready, and fired up). Arizona comes to SF a week after a (likely) draining game against the Vikings. Green Bay Plays Dallas the week before us.
Unlike many in niner nation right now, I'm upbeat because our schedule looks relatively soft.
Prediction: 9 or 10 wins, NFC West crown, #4 seed, and a 1st round matchup against whatever 12-win NFC East team finishes in second place.
The playoffs don't look bright (a thumpin' by the Eagles, most likely) -- but the regular season sure does.
[ Edited by nickbradley on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:27:34 ]