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ESPN doesn’t give the 49ers much of a chance to make the playoffs in 2019

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Power rankings are pretty silly and 100% subjective. So there’s no real point in getting hung up where the San Francisco 49ers fall in them. I could see it being interesting after a big calendar event, like the NFL Draft. ESPN recently projected every teams win total using their FPI Model, as well as their chance to make the playoffs. Let’s just say they’re not high on the 49ers in 2019. Here’s the numbers and an excerpt from Nick Wagoner:

Projected wins: 7.6

Chance to make playoffs: 26.7 percent

Where the team improved this offseason: Outside pass rush. There’s nothing the 49ers prioritized more this offseason than complementing dominant interior force DeForest Buckner. So the Niners doubled down, making significant investments by trading for and signing Dee Ford to an $85.5 million contract and using the No. 2 overall pick on Nick Bosa. San Francisco has lost 11 one-possession games over the past two seasons, and the Niners believe the amped-up edge rush can help them come up with the big plays that can turn some of those defeats into victories. -- Nick Wagoner

Losing that many one-possession games over two seasons has tough. Eventually that has to swing in the Niners favor, right? Vegas has the 49ers win total at 8. It’s fair to assume they’ll win 8 or 9 games, but 26% seems pretty low, considering the offseason the team had.

As for the rest of the NFC West, the Rams are projected to win 10.1 games, with a 76.4 percent chance to make the playoffs. The Seahawks are projected to win 8.4 games, with a 41.2 percent chance to make the playoffs. While the Cardinals are projected to win 5.5 games, with a 4.3 percent chance to make the playoffs.