Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports


Ranking the 49ers primetime games in 2022

Rohan Chakravarthi
May 12, 2022 at 6:15 PM--


The long-awaited NFL schedule release has finally come after countless rumors and incorrect reports, and the 2022 schedule for the San Francisco 49ers has been dropped.


The 49ers are one of twelve NFL teams scheduled for the maximum five primetime games, which has been the case for the organization for the past two seasons.


They play the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football in Week 3, the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 4, the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football in Week 10, the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football in Week 11 in Mexico, and the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football in Week 15.

Let's rank those five games for 2022:

5. Week 15: @ Seattle Seahawks(TNF)


Of the five games, this matchup, despite being late in the season, appears to be the least exciting primetime game of the season, given the status of the Seahawks roster and the number of high-level opponents on the schedule in 2022.

While the Seahawks swept the 49ers in the division series last season, this should be the easiest matchup for the 49ers of the five, given that Seattle no longer rosters longtime quarterback Russell Wilson(more on him in a minute) or defensive captain Bobby Wagner.

However, it will be a short week for the 49ers coming off a tough home matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making it a favorable matchup to rebound from in Week 15.

Last season, the 49ers and Seahawks were slated for a primetime Sunday Night matchup in Week 13, but the game was flexed out of the primetime slot due to the Seahawks' poor record at the time.

This season, the rivalry continues under the bright lights.

4. Week 4: vs. Los Angeles Rams(MNF)


The 49ers will host the Rams on Monday Night Football for the first of two matchups between the division rivals in Week 4 of 2022, which will be the first matchup between the two since the NFC Championship Game.

The Rams lost a number of key free agents in the offseason but acquired Seahawks legend Bobby Wagner and former Bears wideout Allen Robinson to bolster their team as they look to repeat in 2022.

The 49ers will have an extra day to prepare for the divisional matchup, given that it's a Monday Night game, and face a relatively easy opponent in Week 5 in the Carolina Panthers, who face quarterback concerns of their own heading into 2022.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan has defeated fellow head coach Sean McVay many times in the regular season, and will look to keep up the streak in 2022.

3. Week 11: @ Arizona Cardinals(MNF)


The 49ers will travel to Mexico to face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11, following another primetime home game in Week 10 against the Chargers, where the two teams will battle for the first time this season.

The 49ers caught some bad luck as they will compete against DeAndre Hopkins not once, but twice this season, despite his six-game suspension to start the season, as San Francisco faces the Cardinals in Week 11 and Week 18, which could pull for some late-season magic, similar to the 2021 and 2019 season finales.

While the divisional game is definitely of importance, the 49ers should be well-rested, coming off their bye just two weeks earlier in addition to an extra day of rest, given that the game is scheduled on a Monday Night.

Arizona does present some valuable memories as Trey Lance faced off against the Cardinals in Week 5 during his first career NFL start last season, and the 49ers will have a tough home matchup in Week 12 on a short week against the Saints, whom they beat out for a playoff spot last season.

2. Week 3: @ Denver Broncos(SNF)


Similar to a year ago, the 49ers will begin the season with two below-average opponents, this year in the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks, before facing a big test in a primetime setting in Week 3 with the Denver Broncos.

Last season, the 49ers faced off against the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles, before coming home to face the Green Bay Packers in a 30-28 defeat on Sunday Night.

The 49ers will re-visit a quarterback that has defeated them on several occasions in the regular season in Russell Wilson, who faces off against his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, in Week 1 of the 2022 season.

The Denver Broncos will be a tough test to face, especially early in the season, and the 49ers don't get any favors afterwards, going up against the Los Angeles Rams at home in Week 4.

1. Week 10: vs. Los Angeles Chargers(SNF)


Bosa vs Bosa. Lance vs Herbert

The brother matchup has finally arrived and it's in a special fashion, as the 49ers and Chargers are set to face off in a primetime setting with two young quarterbacks at the helm symbolizing the future of the league.

Additionally, the 49ers have a tough stretch during the time, facing the Rams in Week 8 before their bye week, and then facing the Cardinals in Week 11 following the Chargers matchup.

This game is ranked higher than the Broncos and the Rams games because of where it is during the season, as well as the storylines that highlight the clash.

Facing off against the toughest division in the NFL in the AFC West, the 49ers will have a series of challenges ahead of them, especially with the Chargers.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.
Nobody's perfect. Did you find a mistake in this article?
Report it.



0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Where the 49ers landed in latest ESPN power ranking

By David Bonilla
May 16

With the draft behind us, ESPN released its latest power rankings. The list is based on the evaluations from a panel of more than 80 writers, editors, and TV personalities. The Buffalo Bills came out on top, followed by the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Green Bay Packers. The Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, and Dallas Cowboys round out the top eight. The San Francisco 49ers come in at No. 9, one spot lower than their post-free agency ranking. The biggest storyline heading into the offseason was the transition from veteran Jimmy Garoppolo



Complete 2022 San Francisco 49ers Schedule Revealed

By David Bonilla
May 12

The NFL revealed its complete 272-game 2022 regular-season schedule on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PT. NFL Kickoff Weekend will begin on Thursday, September 8, culminating with Super Bowl LVII on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The San Francisco 49ers open their season on the road against the Chicago Bears. Their first home game comes during Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. The Niners' bye is during Week 9. They are currently scheduled to participate in five prime-time matchups this year. San Francisco's opponents combined for a 154-135 record last season. The .533 winning percentage by opponents makes the 49ers' schedule tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the fifth toughest in the NFL, based on last year's results, and



A post-draft glance at the 2022 49ers offense

By Sasha D. Robinson
May 14

Since the start of free agency and the NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have added more talent to their roster to hopefully get the team over the hump in its quest for a sixth championship. With training camp set to open at the end of July, let's take a quick look at how the 49ers will look on offense. Next week's article will focus on the defense and special teams. Quarterback At the start of training camp, the Trey Lance era will officially begin. Since the offseason began, Lance has worked with the other skill position players to hone his timing and offensive rhythm with his pass-catchers. Jimmy Garoppolo remains on the roster, but he is unlikely to get on the practice field as the team works to trade the veteran quarterback. The move will



ESPN explains why the 49ers may be overrated in 2022

By David Bonilla
May 17

The San Francisco 49ers came in at No. 9 in ESPN's post-draft power ranking. If you were upset about that underwhelming result, the Bay Area squad's placement in ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) isn't going to make you any happier. San Francisco came in at No. 24 in the FPI rankings, at 6.1 points worse than the metric of an average NFL team on a neutral


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone