The San Francisco 49ers square off against the Houston Texans coming off a win over the Chicago Bears, and a win over the New York Giants in Week 10. The Bears and Giants are not good teams, but for a previously winless 49ers squad, wins are wins.
The Texans were looking like a playoff team with Deshaun Watson, but his torn ACL has sunk that hope. Tom Savage has shown some life at times, but the Texans have lost four his five starts since they lost Watson. Suffice to say, this is a winnable game for the 49ers.
After the 49ers beat the Bears, some folks were complaining about the impact it had on draft position. The Giants loss moved them back into a tie with the 49ers, and New York has the tiebreaker edge thanks to a weaker strength of schedule. The Giants put Eli Manning back in the lineup, but wins are going to be hard to come by. On the other hand, 49ers fans have some optimism with Jimmy Garoppolo, and a chance to potentially win some games to close out the season.
The question then is how you feel about potentially getting two or three wins the final four weeks versus claiming a top five draft pick. The 49ers face the Texans on the road, then host the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, and close on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. They very well could lose all four, but if we see continued improvement from the offense, those are winnable games.
Sitting at 2-10, a 4-12 finish does not seem too crazy. How would you feel about a couple more wins an otherwise lost season? Some would argue for the idea of momentum heading into the offseason. For me, it’s more about the fact that if the 49ers were to win two or three games the rest of the season, it would suggest we are seeing improvement from the roster. Yes, the No. 2 or No. 3 pick opens up more possibilities for picking and trading down, but if the 49ers finish with four wins, they’re still picking no worse than No. 8.
What is your take heading into the final four games of the season?