Originally posted by Gavintech:
Originally posted by nickbradley:
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.
Yes. They are all NFL teams that aren't from Oakland or St Louis. Therefore it is tough. Not to mention they are teams with talented NFL players. That's not to say we wont win those games but it sure as hell wont be easy.
My whole point is that we have two really hard games, two easy games, and seven games against teams hovered around the middle quintile of the league in performance -- right where we're at as well.
Its a strange year as far as parity goes: there are a few elite teams (Colts, Giants, Eagles, Vikings, Saints, Steelers, Ravens), a lot of really bad teams (Rams, Bucs, Lions, Skins, Chiefs, Raiders, Browns, Bills), and about 1/2 of the league consists of bubble playoff teams (I can't call Tennessee and Carolina bad teams, although there is little to no chance either make the playoffs).
The gap between the best bubble teams (Denver, San Diego, Pats, Jets, Atlanta) and the worst bubble teams (Miami, Seattle, Arizona, the Niners, the Cowboys) is very narrow.
Outside of the top and bottom of the league, you have a ton of parity in the middle.
Expect a wild December playoff run!