The San Francisco 49ers schedule is out, and I thought we would take a look at it from a vantage point we used last year. Travel is always a big discussion point surrounding the schedule. We don't know exactly what each team will look like, and we know plenty of teams will play better and worse. However, one thing we do know for certain is what travel will be like.
The table below looks at travel, days off and who/when the 49ers opponent played the previous week. The travel column on the end is if the 49ers opponent had to travel for the previous week's matchup. basically, that means, the Steelers (49ers Week 2 opponent) played the Patriots on the road in Week 1. The Cardinals (49ers Week 3 opponent) played the Bears in Chicago in Week 2.
|Week||Date||49ers Opp||Home/Away||Days since last 49ers game||Opp's last game||Travel|
|2||9/20||Steelers||Away||6||Patriots||Yes - TNF|
|4||10/4||Packers||Home||7||Chiefs||No - MNF|
|11||11/22||Seahawks||Away||14||Cardinals||No - SNF|
|13||12/6||Bears||Away||7||Packers||Yes - TNF|
|16||12/27||Lions||Away||7||Saints||Yes - MNF|
The 49ers have nobody coming off a bye this year, which marks the second straight year this has occurred. Additionally, the 49ers five 10:00 a.m. PT games.
The 49ers have two games coming on a short week, including four days between the Ravens and Seahawks games, and six days between the Vikigns and Steelers games. While Pittsburgh will likely be without Le'Veon Bell, they will come into the game with 10 days between games as they open the season Thursday Night Football. The schedule gods giveth, and they taketh away.
For the most part, there is nothing particularly funky about the schedule. They don't have to make the cross-country trip on short rest. They don't have an excessive number of short weeks. They get two weeks to prepare for their road game in Seattle. For comparison's sake, the Seahawks face a league high four teams coming off a bye week. I'll need to do a little more research into what that means quantitatively, but that certainly does not appear to be advantageous for Seattle.