The San Francisco 49ers were nowhere near sniffing a Super Bowl before the 2018 season began. Once Jimmy Garoppolo went down with an ACL injury, the optimism of sniffing a wild card berth dropped as well.
Don’t tell that to C.J. Beathard though, he still thinks the 49ers are a playoff team despite all the injuries blanketing the squad. He was Damon Bruce’s guest on 95.7 The Game and had this to say about the team’s playoff chances:
“I think we’re shooting for the playoffs. We want to make the playoffs. Yeah, we’ve had some injuries and whatnot, but there’s no doubt in my mind that we can make the playoffs and it starts with this next game and not looking ahead to the next game or the 12 games we have left. We’re looking forward to this one against Arizona, and if we win this one, then we move on to the next one, try to win that one, and just kind of stack some good games up, get some wins rolling.”
The 49ers aren’t circling the drain as far as playoff hopes are concerned, but they aren’t separating themselves from the rest of the NFC either. Winning the division would require some insane theatrics with the lead—and talent by extension— the Los Angeles Rams have. To win the wild card, the 49ers would need to start winning—which is easier said than done. To finish out the first half of their schedule, the 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals twice, the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams. Three of those games (Cardinals and Packers) are winnable. The Packers have several issues right now, most notable being a great quarterback with a bad knee and no one to throw to in Aaron Rodgers, while the Cardinals ... well, they’re the Cardinals.
If the 49ers can win the next three of four games, that puts them at 4-4 and at .500 to start the second half of their schedule. The second half was anticipated as being easier, however teams such as the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown it’s not going to be as easy as it once was at the start of the season. If you take into consideration the 49ers are inundated with injuries, it’s even harder.
Do you see the 49ers as a playoff team this season?