The NFL schedule is finally here. The San Francisco 49ers will play on Christmas and Thanksgiving. Here’s the complete schedule.
Week 1: @ Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, September 10, 10:00 a.m.
- The Niners defense gets a chance to get their feet wet against Kenny Pickett
- How many times will we see T.J. Watt versus Trent Williams?
- Minkah Fitzpatrick against George Kittle is another marquee matchup
Week 2: @ Los Angeles Rams - Sunday, September 17, 1:05 p.m. PT
- Getting a Sean McVay team early in the season before he can figure things out is a plus for the Niners
- The Rams are expected to look...a lot different this year. That will be reflected in their record
- Still, you can’t take a divisional opponent lightly.
Week 3: Home opener vs. New York Giants - Sunday, September 24, 5:20 p.m. PT
- Nick Bosa going against Andrew Thomas immediately jumps out
- Two of the best offensive minds in the game are featured with Kyle Shanahan and Brian Daboll
- No matter how you slice it, losing to Daniel Jones can’t happen if the 49ers are to be considered a Super Bowl contender — even on a short week
Week 4: vs. Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, October 1, 1:25 p.m. PT
- Kyler Murray will reportedly be out until Week 5
- We’ve seen the 49ers fall to a backup quarterback in Arizona before
- But this roster is much, much stronger. And the expectations are higher
Week 5: vs. Dallas Cowboys - Sunday, October 8, 5:20 p.m. PT
- This will be a playoff rematch and the team’s second prime-time game in three weeks
- The 49ers have had the Cowboys number in recent seasons; controlling the line of scrimmage has been a big reason why
- CeeDee Lamb is a tough cover and now Dallas adds speedster Brandin Cooks into the mix
Week 6: @ Cleveland Browns - Sunday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. PT
- Which version of Deshaun Watson will we get? The one that played last year was subpar
- San Francisco matches up well with the Browns as they don’t have any true “burners,” unless you still count former Niner, Marquise Goodwin
- Slowing down Nick Chubb is a difficult task for any defense
Week 7: @ Minnesota Vikings - Monday, October 23, 5:15 p.m. PT
- Kyle vs. Kirk under the lights
- Justin Jefferson versus anybody is advantage, Jefferson
- This will be the third week in a row where the 49ers pose too many weapons offensively for their opponent
Week 8: vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday, October 29, 1:25 p.m. PT
- Even though the 49ers played on Monday night the week prior, there’s enough star potential in this game to be flexed into prime-time
- The run of offenses the 49ers face will test the defense, to say the least
- We’ll see how much the cornerbacks and secondary will have progressed by Week 8
Week 9: Bye
- A much-needed breather
Week 10: @ Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. PT
- This would have been a tricky spot for the Niners from a scheduling standpoint. But this comes after a bye week. Still, having to go across the country always presents itself as a potential letdown spot
- If Trevor Lawrence continues to ascend into a star, this will also serve as a challenge for the secondary
- It’s still the AFC South, and their teams will be labeled under, “I’ll believe it when I see it” until further notice
Week 11: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday, November 19, 1:05 p.m. PT
- Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask?
- It shouldn’t matter
- Coming back home before a short turn around against the Seahawks...
Week 12: @ Seattle Seahawks - Thursday, November 23, 5:15 p.m. PT
- The 49ers are hoping to eat a different kind of bird on Turkey day
- As much as Seattle has improved during this offseason, I feel like they’re in for some serious regression this season
- Will Jamal Adams be healthy for this game? Shanahan has targeted him in coverage when he’s been on the field
Week 13: @ Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday, December 12, 1:25 p.m. PT
- This has all the makings of a game that’ll be flexed into prime-time, regardless of the other games on the schedule
- The NFL did the 49ers a solid, giving them a mini bye before this game.
- Javon Hargrave r-e-v-e-n-g-e game
Week 14: vs. Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, Decmeber 10, 1:05 p.m. PT
- If Jacksonville was a letdown spot, this is another schedule situation that feels tricky for the 49ers, even if it’s a home game
Week 15: @ Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, December 17. 1:05 p.m. PT
- Kyler Murray should be healthy for this matchup
- Even if he is, the Cardinals are expected to be among the worst teams in the NFL
- Can you name five players on the Cardinals defense?
Week 16: vs. Baltimore Ravens - Monday, December 25, 5:15 p.m. PT
- Lamar Jackson and a much-improved Ravens offense are coming to town for the holiday
- Baltimore’s defense was simply not good for long stretches last year, and they’ve done little to improve things on that side of the ball
- This could be a high scoring game if both offenses are clicking. We’ve seen the Niners struggle against mobile QBs. Lamar is on a different level
Week 17: at Washington Commanders - Sunday, December 31, 10:00 a.m. PT
- Will Sam Howell really be the starter still?
- If you’re the 49ers, you’re hoping so
- Either way, Washington seemed to battle and keep games close, regardless of their opponent last year
Week 18: vs. Rams - Sunday, January 7, 1:05 p.m. PT
- Los Angeles could be playing for the No. 1 overall pick the way their roster looks as of today
- Will Matthew Stafford make it through the season?
- In the same vein as the Cardinals, name three non Aaron Donald players on the Rams defense
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