The NFL released its schedule Thursday night. We’ll go over the San Francisco 49ers record predictions later this morning. There are preseason games, too. The dates for the preseason aren’t official at the moment. Week 1, the 49ers will travel to Denver to play the Broncos. The date ranges for that game are between August 13-17. San Francisco generally has joint practices with Denver. With COVID-19, I have my doubts about that happening this summer. If that’s the case, I wonder if we see the starters play an extra series or so since they won’t get those valuable practice reps.
Week 2, the 49ers will welcome a familiar face. The Niners will play the Las Vegas Raiders between the dates of August 20-24. This is the first time the two teams will meet since 2011 when two men were shot at Candlestick. We should see the starters play two or three series in this game.
Week 3 is all anyone ever cares about anyway. That is the “dress rehearsal” where you live your starters in for the first half and sometimes a series going into the third quarter. The 49ers will travel to Chicago to face the Bears between August 27-30. Mitch Trubisky will bring out the aggressiveness in the 49ers secondary. Chicago does Allen Robinson and a solid staple of wideouts. Plus, their defensive line will be a great test for the 49ers offensive line. Their linebackers are speedy as well, so offensively, this will be a fun matchup to watch for the 49ers.
As was the case last year, the Niners will end the preseason against the Los Angeles Chargers. That game will take place on either September 3 or 4. While it’s not a meaningful game for most, the final game of the preseason means a lot to the players on the bottom of the roster. We’ll get one last chance to see the receivers fighting for a spot, or if there are intense battles at cornerback, linebacker, or, dare I say, backup QB.