Kyle made his picks and left the team an 8-8. That’s just not enough homer to do the San Francisco 49ers justice. It’s my turn to make my picks just like I did last year.
For the uninitiated, I did pretty bad with my predictions last year. I started off on point, but the injuries threw my homerism into the toilet.
I will say a lot of these games... A LOT were toss-ups. I see the 49ers hanging in a lot of these and think this might be the year they will surprise some people. I do not think they will win the division, and if they get in as a wild card it will be because the rest of the league is in a parity year. That said, here’s what I think will go down:
Week 1: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers WIN - Teams are going to come out sloppy in Week 1, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also have Jameis Winston. If the 49ers defense is improved, Winston should be shut down in a close game. Beyond Winston, the Bucs don’t have a run game or much of a defense. Then again, I said the same thing last year...
Week 2: @ Cincinnati Bengals WIN - A.J. Green is the only player to worry about. What the Bengals are thinking with their offseason moves, I may never know.
Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers WIN - I see the Steelers beating New England. Week 3 is when we’ll see what the teams really are, and if the 2019 San Francisco 49ers are improved, they should be able to take care of an Antonio Brown-less Steelers squad. I won’t be surprised if the Steelers were to run away on this one, but I think this is the game where the 49ers define themselves. Important victory in the growth of the team—but don’t be surprised if they lose.
Week 4: Bye
Week 5: Cleveland Browns LOSS - This is another one that can go either way. I think with the firepower the Browns have, they will win one late. I won’t be surprised if Cleveland loses, but objectively speaking, the 49ers will lose a wild one. Expect a shootout here.
Week 6: @ Los Angeles Rams LOSS - It won’t be a blowout. 49ers will be in it until a field goal at the end.
Week 7: @ Washington LOSS - The 10:00 A.M. start time claims itself a victim. 49ers go down in a game they should have won on an ill-advised interception. Overreaction Monday says that the 49ers should look to benching Garoppolo (and no they won’t, nor shouldn’t).
Week 8: vs. Carolina Panthers - WIN - I’ll give this one to the 49ers. I see the Panthers trending downwards and this loss might sting them hard. I do feel the 49ers are the better team here at this point.
Week 9: @ Arizona Cardinals - LOSS - Until proven otherwise, Larry Fitzgerald has to beat the 49ers with 10 seconds left every year. Guess what happens?
Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks - WIN - The Seahawks are going to really get ticked off here. I don’t see how they beat the 49ers.
Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals - WIN - So help me God if they lose in San Francisco.
Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers - LOSS - I agree with Kyle. To add to the magic, I think this will be another game that ends with a some stupid offsides/roughing calls that lets Aaron Rodgers keep the ball and take the win.
Week 13: @ Baltimore Ravens - LOSS - Hope you’re ready to hear comparisons to the Super Bowl, because half the telecast is going to be on that.
Week 14: @ New Orleans Saints - LOSS - The Saints have a shot at the Super Bowl, the 49ers are not there yet. They are in New Orleans. I don’t see any way how they win. This is going to get ugly.
Week 15: vs. Atlanta Falcons - WIN - 49ers play hard for Kyle Shanahan against his former team.
Week 16: vs. Los Angeles Rams - WIN - Say what? Yes. If you haven’t noticed, I put the 49ers on a brutal three-game losing streak where they wake up, power-up, and give the Rams a last-minute loss. Book it!
Week 17: @ Seattle Seahawks - WIN - I said to start 2019 it’d be by two touchdowns. 49ers, don’t let me down.
Final record: 9-7
How many games will the 49ers win?
This poll is closed
Fewer than 7