3 reasons why SF 49ers lose Week 1 bout to Cardinals

Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper #12 of the Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper #12 of the Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

No. 1: It’s all on the SF 49ers to live up to the expectations of last year

It’s time for the SF 49ers to prove to the NFL they’re legitimate Super Bowl contenders once again. They surpassed everyone’s expectations and now have to repeat with a different outcome.

This will be more on the 49ers than the Cardinals. As long as Arizona plays its game and executes on each possession, it’ll be fine. The Niners, on the other hand, still have the Super Bowl loss in their head. Niner Noise’s Timmy Gibson went into more detail about how they fight off the Super Bowl hangover here.

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The team has said all the right things during training camp. “We’ll be back.” “Revenge tour.” “Unfinished business.” All the cliches. But the 49ers haven’t had a chance to see each other in real game action, due to the NFL canceling preseason games.

Simulations and inter-squad games tell part of the story, but there’s nothing like smacking pads with a completely different team to show your character.

It’s nearly impossible for a team to get back to the Super Bowl after just being in it. Very few teams have accomplished this task, and only one team in the last 10 years, the 2018 New England Patriots, won it all after losing the Super Bowl the year prior.

But if the 49ers don’t stay focused on this underrated Cardinals team, they’ll be in for a huge reality check.

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The SF 49ers have only won two games against the Cardinals in the last five meetings. Don’t be shocked if the underdogs from Arizona walk away with the first victory of the year.