The San Francisco 49ers are 2-9, sitting dead last in the NFC West. It’s not all bad, however. They have company in the Arizona Cardinals, who have an equal record of 2-9. The problem? Their only two wins have come against the 49ers. If the 49ers didn’t gift the ball to Arizona so many times and played smart defense, they could be 4-7 right now, while the Cardinals would be winless.
However, that would wipe out the point of this article. The 49ers are sitting at 2-9, and this record could look much worse when 2018 is all said and done (because the 49ers aren’t playing in 2019 until next season).
What’s worse then a 2-9 record, you may ask? 2-14, that’s what.
49ers Upcoming Schedule
This is what the schedule looks like for San Francisco:
at Seattle, vs. Denver, vs. Seattle, vs. Chicago, at Los Angeles (Rams)
Even though Seattle has suffered a ton of losses over the course of the offseason and with guys like Earl Thomas in the regular season, guys have stepped up and the team currently has a winning record of 6-5. The 49ers have not defeated Seattle since 2013. That’s five years, and the way things look right now, that streak will continue onto 2019.
San Francisco has been rattled with injuries and inconsistency from various players, including Reuben Foster‘s whole dilemma. Nick Mullens has had two straight games throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. Against the New York Giants, they weren’t all his fault but the Tampa Bay game was his worst performance of the season. He’ll have to step up because Matt Breida is playing great football on offense.
The Denver Broncos are 5-6 in a difficult AFC West group, where the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers are thriving. Even though the 49ers don’t face them until the week after this one, the Broncos have pulled out two tough wins in a row over those same Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Broncos have also lost some very narrow games, and now face the Cincinnati Bengals next, who started off 4-1 but have lost five of their last six and lost Andy Dalton for the season. The Broncos are a solid team, even though they are slightly below .500.
The Bears present a challenge many didn’t expect entering the season. Khalil Mack, arguably, has changed the dynamic of the team. Their defense is easily one of the best of the league and if Mack isn’t a candidate for MVP, I don’t know what to tell you. Their safety, Eddie Jackson, is also coming off a magnificent game on Thanksgiving day. This is the type of game that can get ugly quick if the 49ers don’t get any momentum on both sides of the ball.
The Rams have already faced off against San Francisco once this season, completely smashing them. Los Angeles looks to be playoff bound and unless this game comes down to home field advantage with the #1 seed, they might bench their starters for rest like last season’s finale. However, that didn’t bode well for them because they lost the first game of the playoffs, 26-13. Taking the week off against the 49ers, plus an extra week off for the Wild Card round could hurt their momentum even further. If San Francisco has any legit shot at winning a game the rest of the season, this is the one.
A 2-14 record isn’t always terrible. The 49ers may look like a bad team right now due to their lost confidence, injuries, etc., but that outlook could be more positive next season. Yes, this was said to end last season but Jimmy Garoppolo, Jerick McKinnon and others will hopefully be fully healthy. If the 49ers finish 2-14, they’ll most likely have the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Does someone hear Nick Bosa’s name?
The team is tough to watch now, but hopefully it’s setting us up for a better 2019.