At first glance of the 2010 schedule for the San Francisco 49ers one thing is clear, Mike Singeltary’s smash mouth football will be on display in not one, not two, not three…okay they will be on national TV for five games next season: The 49ers home opener in week two on September 20 will be against the defending Super Bowl Champs New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. The 49ers will also host the Eagles in week five on October 10 on NBC’s Sunday night game. The Red and Gold will travel across the pond to play the Broncos in London in week eight on October 31 (See previous post on the game). The next two national televised games the 49ers will travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals in week 12 November 29 to play on Monday Night Football and in week 15 December 16 will travel to San Diego to play the Chargers on Thursday Night Football.
Kudos to the NFL for scheduling so many national televised games for the 49ers because it was a big deal last season with the 49ers getting two national televised games. I wonder if the reason for so many games this year is either A.) Because the NFL recognizes the 49ers are getting better after an 8-8 season and can only go up from here after years of neglect when they went through the debacle decade of the 2000’s or B.) The NFL is trying to get the 49ers as many Monday night and Thursday night games as possible just in case the voters approve funding for a Niners stadium and the team moves to Santa Clara which means giving up weekday games because of traffic. I hope it is the former, not the latter because I will be damned if Jed Joke has his way and moves the team out of San Francisco. The other game that stands out for the 49ers on their 2010 schedule is a regular season match-up against Bay Area rivals the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders will travel to San Francisco in week 6 on October 17. Four of the last eight games have the 49ers playing division rivals the Rams and Cardinals.
Looking more closely at the schedule the 49ers may have a lot of national televised games but the beginning and the end of their schedule has the team on the road. Of the 49ers first eight games before the bye week they will be on the road for five of those games which includes traveling to London that is considered a home game for the Niners. Four of the last six games the 49ers play in 2010 will be played on the road. But with five games for the nation to see at least we are not like the Raiders who will be not be on national TV for any games next year.
With the draft tomorrow teams will get better but here is how I think the 49ers will finish this year:
Sept. 12: at Seattle= Win
49ers are good at winning on kick-off weekend.
Sept. 20: New Orleans= Loss
Might be the home opener but it is against the defending champs.
Sept. 26: at Kansas City= Win
The Chiefs are a great team to start a winning streak against…
Oct. 3: at Atlanta=Loss
…but with traveling to Atlanta and trying to redeem themselves for last year’s big loss the Niners come up short.
Oct. 10: Philadelphia=Win
Will it be Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick under center? Either way 49ers win.
Oct. 17: Raiders=Win
If the Raiders draft a wide receiver with their first pick I say the 49ers win by 20 points. Any other position drafted the 49ers will win by 10 points.
Oct. 24: at Carolina= Win
No Julius Peppers or a proven quarterback should equal a win.
Oct. 31: vs. Denver (In London)= Loss
The jet-lag and the fish and chips will get to the 49ers ending their first winning streak of the season.
Nov. 7: Bye
Nov. 14: St. Louis= Win
The Rams are still the Lams whether they pick Sam Bradford or Ndamukong Suh.
Nov. 21: Tampa Bay= Win
The 49ers should easily handle the Bucs at home.
Nov. 29: at Arizona= Loss
First match-up against the Cardinals but it is on the road and the Niners have had problems winning in AZ.
Dec. 5: at Green Bay= Loss
By this point in the season we will know whether or not Alex Smith is a bust. Aaron Rodgers as we know is not. Either way Rodgers will try sticking it to the 49ers again for not picking him.
Dec. 12: Seattle= Win
Season sweep the Seahawks!
Dec. 16: at San Diego= Loss
As good as the 49ers are in December, the Bolts are better. If the game was at home the 49ers might have a chance.
Dec. 26: at St. Louis= Win
Any team playing the Rams this season can chalk up a win on the schedule.
Jan. 2: Arizona= Win
49ers finish the season strong with a win against the Cardinals making up for their week 12 loss.
Final Record 10-6: An improvement from last season but will it be enough to win the division or clinch a wild-card playoff spot.
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