Various-USA TODAY Sports

Various-USA TODAY Sports


Roundtable: Predicting the 49ers’ record and place in the NFC West standings

Sep 8, 2020 at 1:45 PM0


The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to begin an unprecedented 2020 campaign. It could be very unpredictable as the team, along with 31 other NFL squads, navigates a season impacted by COVID-19.

San Francisco is coming off a devastating Super Bowl defeat and has its sights set on returning to and winning the big game. First, it will need to win the NFC West and fight for playoff position in a reworked format that will feature only one team per conference with a bye week.

We asked the 49ers Webzone staff to predict the Niners' final regular-season record and placement in the NFC West standings. Below are the responses in the order in which they were received.

Sterling Bennett
Record: 12-4
Note: First place in the NFC West, second to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC

The 49ers are the archetype for a team that finishes with a worse record but ends up as champion. With that said, everybody around them improved. Expected splits with Arizona and Seattle, on top of the NFL's fouth-toughest schedule (.527), make the Niners' Revenge Tour more challenging than it should already be. But with Shanahan and Garoppolo running the show, the NFL should prepare itself for something LEGENDARY in 2020. -- Sterling Bennett

Kirk Larrabee
Record: 11-5
Note: First place in the NFC West

I don't think the 49ers will earn home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs this year, and I also think they'll be in a dogfight for the NFC West title until the very end. But overall, the pieces that remain in place, along with the experience this team gained last year is reason to expect there won't be much (if any) dropoff this season. I wish the roster was healthier heading into the season opener, but the first part of the schedule shapes up in a way that should allow the 49ers to stack some wins even with those few lingering health issues. I look for two, maybe even three losses to come from within the NFC West, along with a couple more from the road games at New England, New Orleans, and Dallas. Then we'll see how healthy the team is once the playoffs arrive, but assuming they're not too beat up, they'll be on the short list of prime contenders to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LV. -- Kirk Larrabee

David Bonilla
Record: 11-5
Note: First place in the NFC West

A worse record than a year ago is saying more about the improved competition in the NFC West than some sort of drop-off by the 49ers. I still expect them to emerge as division champions and compete for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Right now, many "experts" have the Saints as the favorite, and I genuinely expect the Drew Brees-led squad to challenge San Francisco every step of the way as each team races to the finish line. That will make the November 15 matchup in New Orleans just as important as it was last season. -- David Bonilla

Jason Aponte
Record: 12-4
Note: First place in the NFC West

I see the 49ers winning the NFC West in another Week 17 showdown with Seattle. The additions of Trent Williams, Brandon Aiyuk, Jordan Reed, and Jerick McKinnon to this offense mean this team is set to win shootouts, if necessary. The loss of DeForest Buckner means this defense takes a step back talent-wise, but the 49ers intend to use a group approach to replacing his production. It's not fair to expect the same defense from 2019, but it's close. -- Jason Aponte

Brian Renick
Record: 12-4
Note: First place in the NFC West

There are some tough stretches in this schedule, especially Weeks 6 through 13. The team will ultimately lose at Seattle, at New Orleans, and at Dallas. The final loss will come to Seattle again, in Week 17, with the division already wrapped up and Seattle playing for a playoff spot. -- Brian Renick

Allan McBride
Record: 12-4
Note: First place in the NFC West

Repeating the success from 2019 will be extremely difficult. However, I believe Kyle Shanahan will have this team prepared to go on another Super Bowl run in 2020. -- Allan McBride

Sasha D. Robinson
Record: 12-4
Note: First place in the NFC West

I fought with this all summer because I originally had the Seattle Seahawks winning the division, and the Niners getting a Wildcard berth, but Jadeveon Clowney decided to sign with the Tennessee Titans. The defending NFC Champs will miss wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the passing game. Still, their offense should be more electric with running back Jerick McKinnon coming off injured reserve and rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk. The Cardinals, Seahawks, and Rams have offensive weapons but are the lines good enough to stop one of the top defenses in the league? While the Niners' pass defense will be business as usual, my concern is with the secondary. In three of the last four games, including the Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs, San Francisco's secondary was exposed in the fourth quarter. This could possibly be the weakest unit on the team. -- Sasha D. Robinson

Bret Rumbeck
Record: 12-4
Note: First place in the NFC West

The 49ers enter this season with the best defense in professional football. And despite the loss of defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, it's hard to fathom a massive drop in play from this unit. I'm concerned that it will take the offense a few weeks to grind out the rust, especially in the intermediate and deep passing game. But the 49ers will finish first in the NFC West, earning a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs. -- Bret Rumbeck

Gilbert Brink
Record: 11-5
Note: First place in the NFC West

San Francisco will be one of the better teams in the NFC again in 2020. The defense will regress, and the offense will carry the team in 2020 with Jimmy Garoppolo becoming a top-five quarterback and a true game-changer. -- Gilbert Brink

Matthew Barr
Record: 12-4
Note: First place in the NFC West

Kyle Shanahan and company look to stave off the dreaded Super Bowl hangover that seems to claim a victim each year. The NFC West may be the toughest division in football. However, the 49ers own the best overall roster and above-average coaching, which keeps them on top for a second straight season. Jimmy Garoppolo takes a step forward but still finds himself on the outside looking in on the elite quarterbacks tier. The defense rides the strength of the front seven to produce similar success as 2019 with Nick Bosa propelling himself into the upper echelon of defenders. -- Matthew Barr

Chris Wilson
Record: 11-5
Note: First place in the NFC West

If the 49ers plan on finally completing their "Quest for Six" with a victory in Super Bowl LV, they'll have to win one additional playoff game for the opportunity. The Super Bowl hangover is real, but this 2020 Niners squad has the hunger and talent to overcome it — although it won't be easy, as their opponents will be gunning for the reigning NFC champs. Expect a bumpier road this season, particularly in the strong NFC West. However, the playoff-bound Niners are clearly the best of the bunch, and will have their eyes set on the ultimate prize in what should be a difficult postseason run. -- Chris Wilson

Matt Andruscavage
Record: 13-3
Note: First place in the NFC West

The 49ers will play better than last season but lose a game they shouldn't in the first seven. While they win again in Seattle, they will lose in New Orleans, rebound well, but lose one of the final two games. -- Matt Andruscavage
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.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Adam Rank makes 49ers record prediction for 2022

By David Bonilla
Jun 12

San Francisco 49ers fans have criticized NFL Network analyst Adam Rank since he made his three-win prediction for the Bay Area team in 2019. That 49ers squad went on to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Rank has not predicted such a dire outcome for the 49ers since then. He has projected the team's win total for the 2022 season. After predicting three wins in 2019, Rank predicted 12 wins in 2020 and 14 in 2021. What does the crystal ball say about San Francisco for the upcoming season? Rank predicts the 49ers will finish with a 9-8 record. There are more question marks for head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad this season compared to the last two. While the interior offensive line situation is enough to make any fan nervous, there is no bigger



49ers and Trey Lance: There's a storm brewing in The Bay

By Wayne Breezie
Jun 13

Second-year San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance is mentally and physically preparing for war. During organized team activities (OTAs) and mini-camp, we heard from Lance, his coaches, and most importantly, his teammates. The commonality in what they shared about the young quarterback was his confidence and leadership. How does a young kid who didn't see much playing time during his rookie season prepare for year two? It's simply his confidence. Confidence isn't something you develop overnight. Instead, it's something that evolves through adversity. Lance received a Division I scholarship to the University of Minnesota to play linebacker. However, he wanted to play quarterback, so he took his talents to North Dakota State, where he red-shirted his freshman season



Report: 49ers QB Trey Lance's throws 'more crisp and tighter' thanks to healthy finger

By David Bonilla
Jun 14

The positive reports surrounding the No. 3 overall pick in last year's NFL Draft keep pouring out from Santa Clara. There was a lot of chatter about the San Francisco 49ers having doubts about second-year quarterback Trey Lance as he prepares to become the team's full-time starter. That chatter lessened once the offseason program kicked off, and reporters got closer looks at the quarterback's progress. A new report from NBC Sports Bay Area states that Lance's throws this offseason look much improved compared to last season. "Sources close to the quarterback have shared with NBC Sports Bay Area that now, with a fully recovered



Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch on 49ers' defensive philosophy, stockpiling D-linemen like Drake Jackson

By David Bonilla
Jun 15

Many believe the Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch connection starts with Lynch, a Hall of Fame safety, having played for Shanahan's father in Denver. However, the 49ers general manager believes their team-building philosophy actually started with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While there was no overlap between Lynch's time playing for Tampa Bay and the 49ers head coach's time as a quality control coach there, the time with the Buccaneers helped mold how the two would create San Francisco's roster upon taking it over in 2017. "In Tampa, clearly, things started up front," Lynch explained during the 49ers' State of the Franchise event. "That was very much the philosophy, and it's easy to have that philosophy when you have guys like Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice. It helped win us


Featured

More by Site Staff

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone