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Pros and cons of the 49ers 2018 schedule

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The 49ers face a tough opening stretch, but overall I like it.

The San Francisco 49ers schedule is officially set, which means we can over-analyze the heck out of it. The 2018 NFL Draft is six days away, and plenty will change between now and Week 1 of the regular season, but there is plenty to take away from the schedule. With that in mind, I thought we’d take a look at some of the pros and cons a day after the schedule release.


  • Five primetime games! Given how bad things have gone the past few years, this is still kind of amazing. The 49ers will be on national TV at least five times, not including potential FOX Game of the Week situations.
  • Following their Week 12 game in Tampa, they never leave the West Coast. They go to Seattle in Week 13, host three home games, and then close the season in Los Angeles.
  • The 11-day stretch between their Week 9 TNF game against the Raiders and their Week 10 MNF game against the Giants.
  • They don’t have to play the back half of the MNF opener. There had been rumors that is when they would face the Raiders, but thankfully no super late opener (east coast represent!)


  • Packers on the road is probably their toughest matchup of the year
  • Opening with three of four on the road, all against potential playoff contenders
  • An early game against the Chiefs means they won’t have a lot of NFL film on Patrick Mahomes
  • That Bucs-Seahawks back-to-back is not my favorite
  • Four 1:05 p.m. PT games — The 1:25 p.m. slot is the national game of the week window. Thankfully three of the four 1:05 p.m. games are near the end of the season when they could get flexed into 1:25 (or Sunday Night Football).

Honestly, I just don’t see a lot of cons to this schedule. Sure, they face some tough teams, but for the most part, I think it’s a pretty reasonable schedule. And I think people agree for the most part. We put together a poll the night of the schedule release, and 77 88 percent of you liked or loved it. The remaining 13 percent said meh or hated it.

There’s plenty of optimism surrounding the 49ers, but this really seems like a workable schedule for the 49ers. I’m sticking to my 10-6 prediction, but I like what this schedule could offer above and beyond that.

What do you think? Am I missing anything that is rougher than I might otherwise think?