Good morning folks, and a happy Sunday to you. We’ve entered an usual stretch of the season, as the team recently played a Thursday game, is preparing for a Monday game, and will be on bye the following week. Boiled down, this means that the 49ers schedule features three consecutive Sundays without football.
After clobbering the Raiders a few days ago, the chief rivals at this point in terms of draft positioning remain the one-win Raiders and Giants, the two-win (against us) Cardinals, and the two-and-a-half win Browns. The Bills have an uphill battle against a Bears team with an underrated defense, the Browns are scheduled to be slaughtered by the NFL darling Chiefs in the early game block, and the Giants and Cardinals are taking the week off. In terms of rooting for other teams to win games, to help our draft spot, we’re somewhat out of luck today.
In solidarity with the San Francisco 49ers team who didn’t practice Saturday and will not play today, the beat writers for the 49ers took the day off, and as such, there’s not a ton of reading for the day. Former Niners Nation contributor Jennifer Lee Chan has continued to produce stellar content since being lured away by Matt Maiocco & NBC Sports, making up the vast majority of our Nuggets today. I’d wager that next Sunday’s edition of the Nuggets will be more populated in advance of Monday’s game, but it looks like today is an off day for the rest of us, too.
Best of luck on your fantasy football matchups, and enjoy a fantastic schedule of games today, including numerous possible shootouts between the Packers and Patriots (SNF), Rams and Saints (afternoon), and a divisional game between the Panthers and Buccaneers (morning). The morning game block will also feature the Ravens and Steelers, historically a great beat-em-up game, one that should be especially good considering that both teams are in the thick of the hunt for the divisional crown halfway through the season.
49ers defense showed up against the Raiders | Chan, NBC Sports Bay Area
Nick Mullens’ work ethic is a major reason for his success | Chan, NBC Sports Bay Area
Kyle Shanahan at a loss as to why George Kittle fell to the fifth round | Biderman, Sac Bee