Gotta keep the pedal to the metal, especially with the other division leaders with better records (7-0 Falcons, 6-1 Bears, 6-2 Giants w/ tie-breaker).
SHOULD be able to beat the Rams at home in two weeks without much problem. After that it gets tougher:
vs. St. Louis - W
vs. Chicago (MNF) - Gonna need the run game BIG TIME this game. coin flip
@ New Orleans - Short week on the road. Saints D sucks, but Brees & Co. can put up points still. Plus, SF hasn't played well in most non-Rams Dome in past years in general. Should score enough on worst D in NFL, but will it be another MIN game? coin flip
@ St. Louis - early start, but again, its the Rams. W
vs. Miami - Dolphins playing decent. But W
@ New England (SNF) - fortunately a night game after a long trip. Gonna be cold, and defense will be tested in both run and pass, especially with Gronk. coin flip
@ Seattle - Typical hellish road game. Hopefully at least division is wrapped up by this point. May be a L to a Seattle team fighting for a Wild Card.
Arizona - Hopefully will mean nothing. W
Niners should go at least 10-6, possibly 12-4.
By comparison, free-falling Arizona has:
@ Green Bay - probably a L
@ Atlanta - Probably a L, but Atlanta could finally hit a snag against a motivated ARZ team
vs. Rams - I say W for ARZ here
@ NY Jets - Gotta like ARZ here, too
@ Seattle - Seahawks win, L for ARZ
vs. Lions - coin flip
vs. Chicago - L
@ SF - L
So, probably 6-10 at worst and 9-7 at best.
vs. Minnesota - coin flip
vs. NY Jets - W
@ Miami - coin flip
@ Chicago - L
vs. Arizona - W
@ Buffalo - W
vs. SF - coin flip
vs, St. Louis W
I'm thinking Seahawks should be at least 8-8 with this schedule, and possibly 10-6.
So, Seahawks are definitely the more likely threat.
[ Edited by captveg on Oct 29, 2012 at 23:13:58 ]