San Francisco 49ers: 10 Early Predictions for 2016 Regular Season
Ah, there is nothing like taking a stab in the dark. Hmm, what will be the Niners final record for 2016? As a fan, we always predict from the heart. It’s what we do. But, realistically, this hope rarely occurs. So let’s be realistic and predict with our head.
Week 1 versus LA Rams – Win
The Niners will be looking to start off Kelly’s campaign with a bang. The team will be fit, fresh and ready to move the ball at warp speed.
Hyde will have a 100-plus yard game, and the offensive speed should neutralize the power and quickness of the Rams defensive line.
Additionally, the Niners defense will need to hold Rams RB Todd Gurley in check.
This game will be close, but should be a W.
Week 2 at Carolina Panthers – Loss
This will be a loss – a short week, travelling across the country, playing in the ET zone. The Panthers are a better, stronger team.
Week 3 at Seattle Seahawks – Loss
The Hawks just own us in Seattle. It won’t change this time. Enough said.
Week 4 versus Cowboys – Win
There isn’t too much between these teams. The fact it is at Levi’s Stadium gives the Niners the edge. The Niners offense should be able to take advantage of the weak Cowboys D.
Week 5 versus Cardinals – Loss
Again, the Cardinals are just too good. Hopefully it will be closer than last year’s games.
Week 6 at Buffalo Bills – Loss
Another early game, travelling across the country. Rex Ryan will have a devilish defensive game plan that will counter the Niners speed offense.
Week 7 versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
It’s the Bucs who have to travel across the country. The Niners depth is better than Tampa’s. O’Neil will have schemes to disrupt and confuse Jameis Winston.
Week 8 – Bye
Week 9 versus New Orleans Saints – Win
Finally have this game at home. Despite the brilliance of Drew Brees, the Niners should be able to exploit the very porous Saints D. The Niners should win a high-scoring contest here.
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Week 10 at Cardinals – Loss
Same reasons as Week 5.
Week 11 versus New England Patriots – Loss
The Patriots are a much stronger team. Tom Brady is a machine. Bill Belichick will out-coach Kelly. Let’s hope this isn’t a blowout.
Week 12 at Miami Dolphins – Loss
Early game, travelling across the country, plus the Adam Gase revenge factor on the Niners. Dolphins D is underrated. This will be a close game, but a L.
Week 13 at Chicago Bears – Loss
It took a Robbie Gould missed FG last year to get it to OT, and Gabbert found Smith on a bomb wide open. There won’t be the luck factor in 2016. Bears will want revenge and who knows how god-awful cold this game will be?
Week 14 versus New York Jets – Loss
This prediction might change if Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the Jets QB, but the Jets D-line is legit and Brandon Marshall torched the Niners defense the last time he faced them. Todd Bowles knows the Niners well from his days as the Cardinals defensive coordinator. This game will be close, but as of now the Jets pull it out.
Week 15 at Atlanta Falcons – Loss
Falcons coach Dan Quinn won’t make the same bone-head mistakes he made against the Niners last season, and the home field advantage will be enough to get the Dirty Birds just over the line.
Week 16 at LA Rams – Loss
There is just not much between these teams. It’s a rivalry game. This is a flip of the coin. Home ground advantage wins out.
Week 17 versus Seattle Seahawks – Loss
As was mentioned earlier, the Hawks just own us. It doesn’t matter if the game is at Levi’s Stadium. Just re-look at the Thursday Night Football disaster from 2015.
Predicted final record: 4-12
Realistically, it’s going to take a full season for the 49ers offense to adapt to the Kelly scheme. With plenty of cap room, and a likely top-5 draft pick, the outlook for 2017 looks more promising.
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