49ers schedule: Predicting record vs. NFC West in 2022

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Cam Akers, Nick Bosa, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) against San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

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Week 8: 49ers @ Rams

A grudge match for the grudge match, so you say?

If there was one thing evident about the Niners’ two trips to SoFI Stadium last season, it was the fact the Faithful had no difficulty invading “who’s house?”

That proved pivotal in San Francisco’s memorable and necessary Week 18 overtime win just to get into the playoffs, and it’s also vital here in Week 8.

By that point, the hope will be for Trey Lance and Co. to finally find some sort of quality rhythm together, potentially pointing to all the signs of the 49ers being fully justified in aggressively trading up for the quarterback during the 2021 draft.

There are, however, some elements working in the Rams’ favor, though, as they’ll be coming off their bye week in Week 7, meaning Sean McVay’s squad will have the extra week of rest and preparation.

However, the Niners host quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs the week before, which promises to be an enticing showdown, one which the Niners probably lose.

If that Week 7 game between KC and San Francisco is a close loss, cases like this often result in the losing team being extra dangerous the following week, and the 49ers would love nothing more but to take out that anger on a division rival.

The Niners improve to 2-1 in the division with a quality 31-24 “road” win at Levi’s South.