Kyle’s update, 10:40 a.m.: The Sacramento Bee’s Chris Biderman says it’ll be five primetime games for the 49ers this season:
Sounds like five prime time games for the 49ers, including two in the division.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) May 12, 2021
The Colts and Packers have been confirmed. The Seahawks matchup feels like a shoo-in, as do the Rams. That leaves one game. Titans?
Kyle’s update, 9:55 a.m.: More and more leaks are starting to pour in. We can confirm the 49ers will play the Packers Week 3 at home on Sunday Night Football along with the Colts Week 7 at Levi’s Stadium.
Kyle’s update, 8:45 a.m.: Niners @ Bears on Halloween, per former Niners Nation overload, Fooch. October 31 falls on a Sunday this year, and the game will start at 10 a.m. PT. Will there be two rookie quarterbacks starting by then?
Kyle’s update, 7:57 a.m.: A few Eagles reporters are confirming the Niners are headed to Philly for Week 2:
The #49ers open with back-to-back road games: Week 1-at #Lions; Week 2-at the #Eagles, as @Jeff_McLane reports.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) May 12, 2021
The would seem to set up another of those weeklong stays in the Eastern time zone for the 49ers before coming back for their regular-season opener. https://t.co/0rKzUKH52n
The NFL schedule release comes at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, but the broadcast networks announced the full Week 1 slate during their morning shows on Wednesday. FOX announced that the San Francisco 49ers will be on the road facing the Detroit Lions. The game is scheduled for a 10 a.m. PT kickoff.
This matchup gives the 49ers a chance to get off to a strong start right out of the gate. Detroit’s 2021 win total is installed at 5 at DraftKings Sportsbook. They have the longest odds to win the division at +2000 as they move into a rebuilding process.
Detroit’s two biggest moves this offseason involved the two most important aspects of the team. First, the team hired former NFL tight end and tight ends coach Dan Campbell to take over as head coach. Then, the team unloaded quarterback Matthew Stafford. They dealt him to the Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, a third round pick this past draft and first round picks in the 2022 and 2023 drafts. Goff offers them a short-term starting option, but he’s a downgrade from Stafford.
The team added offensive tackle Penei Sewell in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and their biggest free agency addition was probably running back Jamaal Williams. The team also acquired defensive tackle Michael Brockers via trade. This is a team building for the future.