The San Francisco 49ers released their 2009 schedule today. The 2009 schedule looks easier than last year’s where the 49ers found themselves facing off against the Saints, Patriots, Eagles and Giants in consecutive weeks in what I called “schedule hell”. The 49ers open up the season for the fourth straight year against the Cardinals at the Crushed Soda Can (University of Phoenix Stadium). Some notable home games include week 5 against Matt Ryan and Falcons, week 9 against the Titans, and a week 10 visit from Jay Cutler and the Bears. Some notable away games include week 3 against Adrian Peterson and the Vikings, week 7 against the up-and-coming Texans led by Matt Schaub and the following week against Peyton Manning and the Colts. The 49ers get the privilege in week 11 of playing in Green Bay in November and make a visit to Donavan McNabb and the Eagles in week 15. Keep in mind the last three times the 49ers have faced the Eagles in the regular season they have given up 40, 38 and 42 points. Hopefully the defense will have McNabb and company figured out this year.
The only national televised game the 49ers will get this year is on Monday Night Football in week 14 at home against the Cardinals. When the 49ers play the Bears in week 10 it is a Thursday night game on the NFL Network. I don’t consider NFL Network games nationally televised because I don’t have the NFL Network and I refuse to pay the fees that CrampCast is asking for.
This year’s schedule is a little easier and does not include a stretch of more than two games against teams that made the playoffs last year. A lot this year depends on who is under center at quarterback, what the 49ers do with the 10th pick in the draft and how much the defense improves from last year. Based on the current roster I envision the 49ers breaking even this year with an 8-8 record.
What do you think their 2009 record will be? Is the schedule easier than last year? What games are you looking forward to the most? Answer in the comments.
49ers 2009 Schedule:
Week 1 (Sept. 13): SF @ ARI, 1:15 p.m.
Week 2 (Sept. 20): SEA @ SF, 1:05 p.m.
Week 3 (Sept. 27): SF @ MIN, 10:00 a.m.
Week 4 (Oct. 4): STL @ SF, 1:15 p.m.
Week 5 (Oct. 11): ATL @ SF, 1:05 p.m.
Week 6 (Oct. 18): Bye
Week 7 (Oct. 25): SF @ HOU, 10:00 a.m.
Week 8 (Nov. 1): SF @ IND, 10:00 a.m.
Week 9 (Nov. 8): TEN @ SF, 1:15 p.m.
Week 10 (Nov. 12): CHI @ SF, 5:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Week 11 (Nov. 22): SF @ GB, 10:00 a.m.
Week 12 (Nov. 29): JAC @ SF, 1:05 p.m.
Week 13 (Dec. 6): SF @ SEA, 1:15 p.m.
Week 14 (Dec. 14): ARI @ SF, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 15 (Dec. 20): SF @ PHI, 10:00 a.m.
Week 16 (Dec. 27): DET @ SF, 1:05 p.m.
Week 17 (Jan. 3): SF @ STL, 10:00 a.m