I did this last year and predicted an 8-8 record for my niners, even though I at first said 7-9 (the record in which the actually finished). So like last year I will go game by game and give my reasons for why I think they will win or lose and a final score prediction, I know its basically impossible to predict these games but it is always fun to look back and see how close I was.
@Arizona - 49ers played the Cardinals very well last year, and a yard or two separated them from a crucial win @Arizona last year. Everyone is saying the Cardinals will be better then last year...I am not one of those people. I think this game will be very close and could come down to some last minute turnover. I am going to go out on a limb and say the 49ers shock the Cardinals at home and upset the NFC Champions.
Final Score: 49ers Win 28-24 (1-0)
vs Seattle - Ah the home opener, a game I am attending myself. 49ers usually start off well to open the season and I think this is a game they can and should take from the Seahawks, who at this point still are trying to build the chemistry with the new players they acquired from the off season. This game is where it pays off to have players like Shaun Hill, who strive to win no matter how it has to happen. I say the 49ers D comes up big in their home opener and the team wins.
Final Score: 49ers Win 17-12 (2-0)
@Minnesota- Brett Farve, why did you have to bother? Viking always needed a big named and armed QB and now that they have one, and the best RB in the league they will be all but unstoppable at home. This game will not be pretty for the Niners who typically do not play well on the road against out of division. I will say they somewhat hold the Vikings down and make it close for a while, I don't even remember the last time the 9ers have won in Minnesota.
Final Score: Loss 24-13 (2-1)
vs St Louis- Returning home to play the Rams should heal some of the wounds from a trip to Minnesota, I think the 9ers will be amped up to play the Rams who they beat twice last year. Rams are still suppose to be pretty bad at this point and will be struggling to find out who they are. Gore should have a nice big game and 9ers will roll.
Final Score: Win 21-10 (3-1)
vs Atlanta- The good old rivals here! Haven't seen ATL in our place since Jamal Anderson was running. Atlanta was very much the surprise NFL team last year in the NFC South, but the thing about that division is that whoever was on top last year never seems to repeat...but this team has added talent and will stilll be good. Niners will struggle at home against them, I think Atlanta has too much and wins on a 4th quarter field goal.
Final Score: Loss 17-14 (3-2)
Week 6- Bye Week
@Houston- Houston has been predicted to very well this year, they have loads of talent and play in a very tough division(who the 9ers play this year). I think that while they are loaded on talent that Houston doesn't seem like the scariest venue to play in. I do not think they are much better then an .500 team and yes, I think the 49ers D can handle them on the run making them have to pass to Andre Johnson, who I think will have a big game. I say 49ers get an early lead and hang on during a close game and since they had the bye week they will be well rested.
Final Score: Win 23-13 (4-2)
@Indianapolis- Not really looking forward to this game, we typically get killed by Indy and I do not see this being any different...unless Manning sits this one out I am going to say the 9ers get spanked. They play terrible on the road against playoff teams. I will not be nice, 9ers get their butts kicked. I will say Singletary loses it after this game and gets the team to re-focus though.
Final Score: Loss 33-13 (4-3)
vs. Tennessee - Ah the rewards of playing the AFC...I think the 9ers are more then ready for this game after playing and losing to the Colts. Lets say the 9ers hold back the rushing attack of Tennessee, they still have to deal with their stingy D. I think its a close one, but the 9ers just do not have enough to pull it out for the win.
Final Score: Loss 23-17 (4-4)
vs. Chicago Bears - So yeah I don't know if you have seen the 9ers play the bears the last few years, but the Bears usually kicked the living shit out of us! BUT this one is on TV, this one is on our HOME TURF, and this one you know Singeltary wants to win. I think we have a tough low scoring game, hey look at the last 4 or so years..we always have one very low scoring home win. I will say we learned from getting beat by the Colts and Titans and man up to win this one and get back in the playoff hunt!
Final Score: WIN! 18-12 (5-4)
@Green Bay- Playing in Lambeau Field is no fun, and it is sure to be cold there in late November. This game could be very close if the 9ers have to run the ball a lot. Gore and Coffee could run the Packers to a loss, but I just think the venue makes the game for the Packers and that they win in ugly fashion.
Final Score: Loss 17-10 (5-5)
vs Jacksonville- The Jaguars! Another team you rarely see come and play in SF. I believe that at home after playing tougher teams the 9ers can pull this one out. It will be a low scoring game, probably mostly running by both teams. But I will say the 9ers win this one because it is at home and the Jags are mostly a running team.
Final Score: Win 13-7 (6-5)
@Seatlle- Seahawks are not as bad as they looked last year...and at home I think this game will be close. I know the 9ers went into Seattle last year and had a crazy high scoring game but that was Mike Martz offense, now the 9ers are more run and I think they will have a better overall defense. I will have to say though, that this game looks like a loss for me. I think it will be some fluke big play that gets the Seahawks the win.
Final Score: Loss 14-13 (6-6)
vs Arizona- After hanging around being 6-6 the 9ers season will most likely hang in the balance as they play the Cardinals. I think this is what separates this team from last years team, they have the coach will push them over the edge and make them pull out this game and giving them the tie-breaker against the Cardinals(who I think will be 9-7). The 9ers season will look all the more brighter when they take it to the Cardinals and win at home, giving them a winning record and pushing them into the playoff hunt..again.
Final Score: Win 23-21 (7-6)
@Philadelphia - I think the Eagles are a great team this year, and this could be the worst loss of the season. Eagles loaded up on talent and at home...well lets just say it wont be too pretty! It is later in the season and both teams will be playing for the playoffs, so it will be intense but I just think the Eagles @home prove too much and they pull away from a close game after the half.
Final Score: Loss 31-14 (7-7)
vs Detroit Lions- We beat up on the Lions last year, they have some talented players this time around but the niners are in the playoff hunt and just need this win bad. I think we handle the Lions with some ease and come out on top in this one. I will also go out on a limb and say this will be Matthew Staffords first start.
Final Score: Win 28-17 (8-7)
@St Louis- Wait? We get to end the season playing the two worst teams from last year? Sweeeet!!! I think this is the game of the year for the 49ers, who handled the Rams twice last year. Yet I will say its going to be close, probably closer then most 9ers fans would like. Gore steps up and has a monster game and leads the team to the win almost by himself. Gore gets NFC player of the week honors, the niners win and make the playoffs! What a season!!
Final Score: Win 21-20 (9-7)
So there you have it, could it happen? Sure!