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The San Francisco 49ers are 2-9 headi

PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:12 am
by panxing18
ng into Week 13 , and there is a better than even chance they finish the season 2-14. They could spring one or two upsets along the way, but their schedule gets significantly more difficult these final games compared to their recent stretch.San Francisco currently holds the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, but being tied for the worst record in the league does not tell the whole story. We know about the losses of Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon, as well as numerous other injuries since the start of the season. But the team has remained competitive more often than not. And it reflects in their point differential.The 49ers rank ahead of the Dolphins, Jets, Bengals, Bills, Cardinals, and Raiders in point differential. They are three points behind the New York Giants. Odds are pretty good they take a hit this weekend against Seattle, but if they can give the Seahawks a fight, they’ll likely remain in the seven to ten range among worst point differentials.This is a bit of a moral victory in an otherwise lost season. The 49ers rank 21st in points scored and tied for 26th in points allowed. Nobody is here to say they are a good football team, but I would like to think people would recognize they are not among the very worst teams in the league.Of course, the next five games might tell us otherwise. The 49ers have played plenty of tough opponents, but they are coming off a three-game stretch against some awful football teams (OAK, NYG, TB). They struggled to a 1-2 record against those teams Laken Tomlinson Jersey , which tells us something about this squad. The next five games could tell us a lot more. Seattle ranks 11th in point differential, Denver ranks 15th, Chicago ranks fourth, and the Rams rank third. Using Football Outsiders team efficiency stat, Seattle ranks 11th, Denver ranks sixth, Chicago ranks fifth, and LA ranks second. Suffice to say, they’re all tough opponents.The 49ers currently have a point differential of -54. If the Rams end up playing all their starters in Week 17, that’s mostly good defenses, and a few good offenses. Could we see the 49ers’ point differential double up between now and the end of the season? Should we manage our expectations?"Expectations are up across the board in the NFL. For most teams, anyways. The San Francisco 49ers are primed for a leap in performance from several positions and many looming uncertainties throughout the roster. With the expected pick of Nick Bosa as an immediate impact at edge rusher, the Niners are almost certain to take a giant step forward. How big of a step, though?Rome wasn’t built in one day鈥ven with the exponential impact of a full healthy season of Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Bosa both having pro bowl or near pro bowl seasons, what’s really the ceiling for the 2019 season? A competitive race for second in the NFC West? A potential wildcard with an 8-8 record? I’ll even reach as far to say there’s the possibility of even winning a postseason game. That’ll require plenty of injury luck falling in our favor and calls going our way. The timeline for the 49ers returning to dominance within the division took a step back last season with the lack of growth in chemistry due to the obvious carousel of injuries and just putting bodies in uniforms. This should be a season geared towards actually seeing what we’re working with and who’s actually competing to be a long-term asset to the franchise. One draft pick, outside the QB position Terrell Owens Color Rush Jersey , can’t propel a 4-12 team to the top of a division that sent two other teams to the postseason. #2 Overall is a HOT Commodity!In the upcoming draft you can draft impactful, ready-to-start NFL talent through the midway point of the second round. The #2 overall selection is one huge piece to a puzzle. It can also be sold to get two pieces in the first or possibly three pieces in the first 45 picks. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have 3 rookie starters, instead of 2 coming in the first 45-50 selections. Everyone is in love with the highly regarded Nick Bosa, and for good reason. I would settle for two threats coming off the edge or interior over one. It’s a numbers game.When you have time, and moneyThe salary cap is more than generously in the Niners favor these next two seasons. With almost half of the roster becoming free agents in 2020, and even more available cap space the team will have a much better idea of who should stay, who should go, and there’s plenty of big fish out there in the sea. The NFC Champions had a defense comprised of multiple free agency acquisitions, and it may have not looked pretty most the season, but it did make it to the Super Bowl. A bunch of hired guns on defense, and an overwhelmingly creative offense is all it took. The Rams are talented on both sides of the ball, but the offense was versatile without any main targets, and the defense came up big enough to end most games with the lead. The Niners are in a prime position to set themselves up for the same infrastructure moving forward after this season. Pretty smart to get the rookies now and groom them to compete for the NFC title in 2020!