Fooch's update: 49ers complete schedule
The 2015 NFL schedule will be released Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. PT, at which point we will know when the San Francisco 49ers are facing their 16 opponents. The NFL has been able to turn this into an impressively popular event, putting together a primetime release on NFL Network. There will be some leaks between now and the release, but we are unlikely to learn more than two or three tidbits of the schedule before then.
As we wait for the schedule, I thought I'd open the floor for predictions on how many prime time games the 49ers will get this year. And of course, which games do you think will be in prime time. The 49ers are predicted by many to struggle this season, and it will be interesting to see if that impacts how the NFL perceives them for scheduling purposes. The 49ers said they are now eligible for week day prime time home games this year, so that should not be an issue.
Every team gets a Thursday Night Football game, and I have to think the 49ers end up with some Monday and Sunday evening opportunities. My guess is they get four prime time games. I think we see one of the Seahawks games in prime time. My guess would be one of the Cardinals games as well. The Darnell Dockett storyline is not enough on its own to justify that, but combined with the division rivalry, it makes some sense.
Beyond two divisional games, I'll go with the Steelers and Bengals as the other two prime time games. I do think 49ers-Packers will get a 4:25 p.m. kickoff with the FOX No. 1 crew, but I don't think the NFL has it in prime time.
How do you see it playing out? Here is the complete list of 49ers opponents.
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams
Away: New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams