The 49ers schedule and outcome will have an identical record in 2022 as they did in 2021, at least according to a FanSided NFL insider.
A year ago, FanSided national NFL insider Matt Verderame predicted the San Francisco 49ers would go 10-7 during the regular season.
Verderame was met with some heat from the Niners fanbase at the time, which is probably understandable, given San Francisco was poised to be fully healthy and in direct contention for a Super Bowl berth in 2021.
Turns out that Verderame was right about the 49ers schedule last season and how it would turn out. At least the regular-season part, as the Niners weren’t eliminated in the Wild Card round, as he suggested they’d be in his predictions.
This time around, FanSided’s every-game prediction for the 2022 NFL schedule has San Francisco posting an eerily identical record as last season: 10-7.
FanSided predicts 10-7 finish on 49ers schedule for 2022
Perhaps the biggest shocker on Verderame’s prediction sheet is the 49ers losing to the restructuring Chicago Bears on the road in Week 1, this by a score of 23-20.
It’s not completely without reason, though. Week 1 games can be weird. Remember the Niners’ dominant Week 1 win over the Los Angeles Rams in 2016? Well, that was one of only two wins for San Francisco that year and certainly not a predecessor of things to come.
In fact, Verderame’s prediction machine has the 49ers schedule starting off with a 1-2 record.
This might not be completely out of the ordinary, though, as second-year quarterback Trey Lance looks to find his footing as a full-time starter. That’ll take time.
And it isn’t as if the Niners face an easy schedule, squaring up against the vaunted AFC West this season.
They go 2-2 against the AFC West, according to the prediction, though. Not terrible.
Do 49ers make the playoffs in 2022?
Yes. FanSided’s 2022 49ers schedule predictions have San Francisco making it in as a Wild Card team this season, albeit a seventh seed.
Unfortunately, just like FanSided’s 2021 prediction, the Niners wind up getting eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs, this time to the Los Angeles Rams, who did the same a year ago, albeit in the NFC Championship game.
Well, Verderame was wrong about that particular part of his predictions last season.
Perhaps he’ll be wrong this year, too. That’s the hope, at least.