Originally posted by boast:
total jinx thread, btw
When I posted this thread I considered our schedule somewhere between mediocre to tough. My intent was to point out that we are facing the top 4 NFC teams, along with the new up and coming QB phenoms. The story lines are just rediculous.
This is more of my thought process:
Packers - Perennial playoff team who is out for revenge. Two embarrassing losses to the 49ers in one season will have them gunning for us.
@Seahawks - The Hawks will be out to prove that not only are they the best in the division but, the best in the NFC. The 49ers will want to prove the same.
Colts - Jim Harbaugh's protege against Jim Harbaugh's protege. Two of the biggest young stars in the league struggle to show who is the best.
@ Rams - The 49ers will want to prove they know how to win vs. the Rams. The Rams will want to prove that last season's games vs. 49ers were no fluke.
Texans - The top two sack artists in the game showcased in the same game. Texans are like the AFC 49ers. AFC heavyweight vs. NFC heavyweight.
Cardinals - Will the 49ers look at this game as an easy win and let complacency set in?
@ Titans - A big win vs. the Texans followed by a blowout vs. Cardinals might make this a trap game. Can CJ2k prove he is a legit RB vs. a great run d?
@ Jaguars - If the 49ers are successful up to this point then this could be the trap game. The jaguars remind me of the Vikings from last year.
Panthers - Kaep is compared to Cam a lot. This game will showcase two of the most mobile qbs in the league.
@Saints - Another team that will look to avenge a loss from the season before. With their coach back will the Saints show they are still a big time NFC team?
@ Redskins - This rounds out the gauntlet of young emerging superstars in Luck, Wilson, and RG III vs. Kaep. Each qb gets their chance to go metaphorically head to head. Who will be considered the future of the NFL after this season?
Rams - After three tough games will the 49ers be able to keep their strength up against a team they seem to struggle with? Can the Rams even beat the 49ers without the biggest problem Steven Jackson being in Atlanta?
Seahawks - If the 49ers lose week 2 they will want revenge. If the Hawks lose week 2 they will want to get even. If either team sweeps the other doubt will surely set in and the epic cold war might conclude. Also this game will likely decide the NFC West division champion
@Buccaneers - This game is another that could be an easy win that turns into an embarrassing loss.
Falcons - The NFC championship rematch. Is this a playoff preview? Will Steven Jackson continue to terrorize an otherwise dominant defense? Will his lisp make him the funniest sounding RB in the league? (I mean seriously he is so big and monstrous but sounds so hilarious)
@Cardinals - Will Crabtree be back in time to teach Patrick Peterson how to break an ankle?
The point is their are so many story lines. We have 5 possible playoff preview type of games. We play 7 playoff caliber teams along with a couple borderline wildcard type of teams. It just sounds like an exciting season. Three years ago this schedule would be horrifying to me. Now I am confident in the 49ers ability to win against any team in the NFL. I do understand that every single team on this schedule could beat the 49ers under certain circumstances. I'm an optimist. I say we go 19-0 for the next 45 seasons, is that enough bad luck for you superstitious types?