Good morning everyone. The NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, so naturally we have multiple days of analysis, reaction, horror, and anger to wade through. Seriously, I know I kinda sorta contribute to the problem, but I really wish meaningless NFL off season events like the combine, pro days, schedule releases, schedule release previews, and off season workouts weren't such a hit with fans. I know I don't care at all, but then I'm a 23 year old curmudgeon who hates that the kids across the street from me play basketball late at night. If it were up to me, the media (everyone) would cover free agency, the draft, spring training, and the inevitable scandals. Everything else should be ignored.
Anyways, the NFL absolutely hosed the 49ers with this schedule! Seriously though, according to last season's win percentages, the 49ers have the third toughest schedule in the league. Of course using last seasons numbers is a flawed exercise and the NFC West does go three through six on that list, but that isn't the point. The NFL supposedly has a schedule system where the random games a team plays (those not affiliated with the divisions the NFC West all have to play) are handed out so that the last place teams have the supposedly weaker teams. So why do the 49ers have the toughest schedule out of all the NFC West teams when they finished third in the division? Still, it isn't all bad. Some of their toughest non division games (Green Bay, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Cincinnati) are all at home. Whether playing at home is actually going to be an advantage is a discussion for another day so lets get to those links!
49ers draft outlook: Tight end (Maiocco)
NFL schedule works to 49ers' advantage (Maiocco)