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The 49ers have a whopping 5 primetime games this season!

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The 2018 NFL schedule has officially been released, and we’ve got a full rundown of when the San Francisco 49ers are playing their 16 games. And it includes a maximum allowable five primetime games! Given how bad the team has been in recent years, this is quite the reversal of fortune.

The 49ers open the 2018 season at the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings’ signing of Kirk Cousins means we get a matchup of what could have been and what now is for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. There was no secret Kirk Cousins was the guy he wanted, but obviously things worked out OK with Jimmy Garoppolo. The buzz on this one should be something. I’m a little surprised though that they went with an early kickoff.

They get a full allotment of primetime games, with five matchups against the Packers, Rams, Raiders, Giants, and Seahawks. The last time they had five primetime games was in 2013. In 2012, they had six primetime games with the Seahawks game in December flexed into Sunday Night Football.

The 49ers fortunately do not have any three-game road trips. They travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers on back-to-back weeks in September, and then travel to Tampa Bay and Seattle at the end of November. They get three straight home games in Weeks 14-16 before closing out the season at the Los Angeles Rams.

The travel is never ideal for a west coast team, but it could be worst. They have three games kicking off at 10 a.m. PT, but they only travel once to the eastern time zone — against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The 49ers have only three playoff teams on their schedule — the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Rams. On the flip side, they face five teams with a new head coach — the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and New York Giants.

Here’s the full schedule with times, dates, and TV channels. All times listed are Pacific.

Week 1: @ Minnesota Vikings, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, September 9
Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, September 16
Week 3: @ Kansas City Chiefs, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, September 23
Week 4: @ Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, September 30
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 7
Week 6: @ Green Bay Packers, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, Monday, October 15
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5:20 p.m., NBC, Sunday, October 21
Week 8: @ Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, October 28
Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, November 1
Week 10: vs. New York Giants, 5:15 p.m., ESPN, Monday, November 12
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, November 25
Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks, 5:20 p.m., NBC, Sunday, December 2
Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos, 1:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 9
Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 16
Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 23
Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 30

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Primetime games: Week 6 @ Green Bay Packers (MNF), Week 7 vs. Los Angeles Rams (SNF), Week 9 vs. Oakland Raiders (TNF), Week 10 vs. New York Giants (MNF), Week 13 @ Seattle Seahawks (SNF)

Strength of schedule: .500 (Link)

Flexible scheduling: NFL flex scheduling can occur as soon as Week 5. The most notable games are those moved into and out of Sunday Night Football, but we also see games rotated between early and late on the regular 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. time slots. It's worth noting that the NFL is only allowed to flex no more than two games between Week 5 and Week 10.