The 49ers will be idle on their bye week in Week 9, but so will their next opponent.
The San Francisco 49ers desperately need a break.
This, following a three-game losing streak that didn't just spoil what was previously an undefeated start to the season but also dropped head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad out of the top spot within the NFC West, which now belongs to the Seattle Seahawks by half a game.
The Hawks already had their bye, and at 5-2, they are No. 1 within the division.
The Niners, meanwhile, will enjoy their bye week after the aforementioned skid, which will hopefully afford them the opportunity to rest, refresh and refocus on getting things back on track.
"The bye will be great for us," linebacker Fred Warner said in the Week 8 postgame press conference. "People want to say, 'Oh man, it sucks. We can't just get the taste out of our mouth after a quick turnaround.' We had that opportunity this week and we didn't get it right. I'm going to look at it as it's a good reset to go into the bye, figure this thing out and get back to playing 49er defense, because right now, we're not."
By the sound of it, San Francisco can use the Week 9 bye before resuming action in Week 10.
49ers will share a bye week with these 3 teams
The 49ers are one of four teams that'll be idle in Week 9, one of which is their next opponent:
- San Francisco 49ers (5-3)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (6-2)
- Detroit Lions (6-2)
- Denver Broncos (3-5)
The Niners visit the Jaguars in Week 9, so it's not as if Shanahan and Co. can take comfort knowing they've got more rest and preparation than the team opposite of them on the field.
If anything, San Francisco will be at a slight discomfort having to travel across the country for the showdown in Florida, which will be on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. ET.