5 reasons to be nervous about the 49ers in 2023

If you're both a pessimist and a 49ers fan, this article is for you.

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No. 1: 49ers schedule is simply too difficult to overcome

On paper, the Niners should have something of an easy schedule despite playing a first-place group after winning the NFC West a year ago.

Their strength of schedule is in the middle of the pack at 15th with opponents owning a .514 winning percentage from last season, and they also boast a bye week squarely in the middle of the schedule in Week 9, which is also ideal.

That said, there are plenty of problems ahead of San Francisco when it comes to the schedule.

The 49ers travel the second most mileage out of anyone in the league this season, trailing only the Seattle Seahawks, yet the Niners also face the most teams either coming off a bye week or a "mini bye" from playing Thursday Night Football the week prior.

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San Francisco also has five games in the Eastern Time Zone, too, which will be more than just a little taxing.

Potentially to the point of derailing much of the 49ers' 2023 efforts.

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