Week 17 @ Los Angeles Rams
The last time the 49ers met the Los Angeles Rams, the Niners were completely throttled 39-10 in one of the worst losses in recent San Francisco history.
On paper, it’s likely that would repeat itself again in Week 17 if it weren’t for one main fact: it’s Week 17.
The Rams suffered their first loss of 2018, falling on the road to the New Orleans Saints 45-35 in Week 9. Still, L.A. is 8-1 and remains a favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Right now, there’s no reason to assume otherwise.
By Week 17, the Rams could have everything locked up they otherwise could secure. There might not be anything left for head coach Sean McVay to play for.
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Last season, when the Niners were in Los Angeles, McVay rested his first-team unit. The 49ers pulled off a one-sided 34-13 victory of L.A.’s B-team, which isn’t saying much.
But since we’re about NFL predictions, let’s break it down. Sort of.
Why the 49ers Win
McVay rests his starters.
Why the 49ers Lose
McVay doesn’t rest his starters.
But that probably won’t be the case.
Prediction: 49ers 23, Rams 14
Judging the rest of the Niners’ 2018 NFL schedule, Kyle Shanahan’s squad could pick up four more wins on this season, leading to yet another 6-10 record, albeit one heavily influenced by injuries.
That could still net San Francisco a top five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, if someone cares about that. Or it could fall to No. 10. But that’s another article for another time.