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Schedule could be a little tricky for the 49ers

Colin Kaepernick , AP

The NFL gave the 49ers a schedule with a few quirks. It is nothing they can’t handle, and they are quite capable of handling it with the sort of ease that makes them clear Super Bowl favorites when the calendar hits January.

Nevertheless, they have the sort of schedule that could cause them an uneasy moment or two.

In late September, the Niners have the unenviable task of playing at St. Louis just four days after hosting Indianapolis in San Francisco. Fourteen of the 17 Thursday games in 2013 pit teams either in the same time zone or just one time zone apart, with the 49ers, the Ravens (who travel to Denver in Week One) and Raiders (at Dallas on Thanksgiving) the exceptions.

Later in the campaign, the 49ers play 4-of-5 games on the road, with a bye and home game vs. Carolina sandwiched between contests at Tennessee (Week Seven), at Jacksonville in London (Week Eight), New Orleans (Week 11) and Washington (Week 12). The New Orleans and Washington matchups look the sternest tests of this four-pack of road trips, though the 49ers already have road wins against both opponents in Jim Harbaugh’s tenure.

A challenging road game could come in Week 15, when the 49ers play at Tampa seven days after hosting rival Seattle. If the 49ers are drained after a slugfest with the Seahawks —  who are exceptionally skilled and major contenders in their own right — then Buccaneers could give them trouble.

The Niners’ season finale at Arizona also appears tricky. The previous Monday, the 49ers host the Falcons in a game that could be material to the NFC playoff picture. The Cardinals can be tough at home and figure to be up for the game whether contending or playing out the string.

Of course, by Week 17, the 49ers could be resting starters, the NFC West title again in their grasp. If that’s the case, they will have aced some tests lesser teams would have flunked.

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56 Responses to “Schedule could be a little tricky for the 49ers”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 19, 2013 1:09 AM

    These frauds and Mini-me #7 ain’t beating the real deal RGIII and the Redskins. That’s for sure. #Redskinscannotbeduplicated

  2. oklahomaseahawk says: Apr 19, 2013 1:10 AM

    Cry me a river, any given Sundy anybody can win.
    “The separations in the preparation.”
    -Russell Wilson

  3. scoobaj says: Apr 19, 2013 1:14 AM

    SF v SEA = Russell v Kaep, the better QB will edge their team to the west crown. I just can’t get myself to bet against Russell, he will move mountains if he has to.

  4. cali49er707 says: Apr 19, 2013 1:18 AM

    Nobody said winning a championship would be easy. If they are able to make it back to the Superbowl it will be well earned.

    Their is a lot of teams that I would have preferred not to see on the schedule but you can bet their are a lot of teams not happy to see us on their schedule as well.

  5. sonoco says: Apr 19, 2013 1:19 AM

    The game against Jacksonville is in London, where the 49ers will travel to directly from Nashville

  6. redrocker77 says: Apr 19, 2013 1:21 AM

    The Jags game is in London. Which could make it even more difficult. Fixed that for ya.

  7. benihanagt says: Apr 19, 2013 1:25 AM

    Not to mention their first 5 games….. 4 are against playoff teams, the other 1 is @STL who they were 0-1-1 against last year.

  8. westcoastpackerfan says: Apr 19, 2013 1:27 AM

    when the NFC West plays the AFC West the NFL is stuck with the unenviable task of ensuring that the Raiders and 49ers never play at the same time for 17 weeks. According to NFL Scheduling/Television rules West coast teams do not play 10:00 Sunday games at home. When you go up against other west coast games you run into even more conflicts. The NFL must then schedule the Raiders and 49ers for more primetime/national games than normal. Fortunately with the new Thursday games plus London it opens up more slots to fit in Raiders games in empty 49ers PM slots on Sunday.

  9. jonkchar says: Apr 19, 2013 1:27 AM

    file under: reason #1 Seahawks win the NFC West
    /excuses

  10. themackstrong says: Apr 19, 2013 1:33 AM

    49ers will have 8-8 season but the bandwagon wheels will be coming off when 0-2 hits.

  11. westcoastpackerfan says: Apr 19, 2013 1:34 AM

    Why can’t I edit my post? the wests don’t play each other this year. Most of the scheduling conflicts still exist though. Giants/Jets cause problems too

  12. andyvictory says: Apr 19, 2013 1:42 AM

    Is this sarcasm? The 9ers are not my team but they are exciting to watch, and I already look forward to another interesting playoff run from them. All time zones, travel and short rest aside I would gnaw my own arm off for a schedule this jam packed with drastically inferior teams.

  13. redwoodking says: Apr 19, 2013 2:12 AM

    Nothing this group can’t handle. Can’t wait to see what they do next week at the draft. Either trading up or holding into 31&34 should result in some impact talent.

    RED AND GOLD 24/7!

  14. albinorhino49 says: Apr 19, 2013 2:20 AM

    We must crush ALL adversaries!

  15. mondzy805 says: Apr 19, 2013 2:32 AM

    In Jim I Trust. #49ersFaithFul

  16. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 19, 2013 3:03 AM

    The 49ers have a loss to the Redskins on their regular season schedule. The only question is whether they can get to the playoffs for a second loss to the Redskins.

  17. favresweiner says: Apr 19, 2013 4:04 AM

    The 49ers vs Jaguars in London. Why does the NFL always pick such lopsided match-ups for the London games?

  18. braceyourselffor12 says: Apr 19, 2013 4:11 AM

    The 49ers already have a contingency for this type of schedule with a training facility in Youngstown, Ohio. The past few seasons it has worked with great success, I can’t wait for this year.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  19. bleedburgandyandgold says: Apr 19, 2013 4:18 AM

    I’m looking forward to the games against the Hawks Should be very entertaining I’m not really a fan of either team but I live in Washington state have friends that are die hard Hawk fans and always get me pumped for the games before hand lol

  20. logicalvoiceshouldsay says: Apr 19, 2013 4:54 AM

    Oh nosies!!!! They have to play crappy teams like St. Louis, Indianapolis, Carolina, Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Washington. Whatever shall they do?!?!

  21. jason49er says: Apr 19, 2013 5:00 AM

    You know what I love about the schedule this year? Only two 1pm EST start times, that London game vs. Jacksonville and the Tampa Bay game in week 15. 49ers have shown a tendency to start out sluggish in those early games.

  22. oaktown49er says: Apr 19, 2013 5:06 AM

    Another tough schedule for the Niners. Same old , same old. Just gotta go out and win.

  23. jonkchar says: Apr 19, 2013 5:11 AM

    alternate headline: 49ers excuse bullet point #1 when the Seahawks win the division

  24. dhnf says: Apr 19, 2013 5:59 AM

    The 49ers will be resting their starters in Week 17. And will still win.

  25. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Apr 19, 2013 6:01 AM

    The last few points are kind of weak. So they play some pretty good teams right after they might play some tough games?

    I would rather have a team that is battle tested and has gone through some tough games than a team that has a cupcake schedule and prances into the playoffs to lose in the first round like the Broncos did last year.

  26. beerndrums says: Apr 19, 2013 6:17 AM

    Don’t start making excuses already

  27. garryjercia says: Apr 19, 2013 6:19 AM

    It’s April. You’ve already handed out the division. Nice.

  28. whitdog23 says: Apr 19, 2013 7:17 AM

    could be two Youngstown practice weeks this year!!

  29. rams1999 says: Apr 19, 2013 7:34 AM

    :) ST. LOUIS 2013 NFC WEST CHAMPS AT A 10-6 TIEBREAKER. FOLLOWED BY SEATTLE. AT 10-6. THEN SAN FRANCISCO, AS MUCH AS I RESPECT THEM, WILL STRUGGLE AT 9-7. ARIZONA WILL ROUND OUT A TOUGH DIVISION AT A TOUGH 7-9 TEAM. CHK IT.

  30. mancave001 says: Apr 19, 2013 7:42 AM

    Suck it up and be pro athletes paid millions of dollars to play a game (and fly on chartered luxury aircraft). Seriously… Cry me a river.

  31. jimmyt says: Apr 19, 2013 7:59 AM

    “clear Super Bowl favorites” huh? Do you mind if we play a few games before making such a bold statement?

  32. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Apr 19, 2013 8:22 AM

    Or they could just focus on the task at hand, work hard, prepare hard, play hard and get plenty of sleep. Take it one game at a time. Under Harbaugh the Niners travel well.

    West coast teams always get the shaft on travel. That’s why when a western team wins it all, it’s way more significant than an eastern or Midwestern squad IMO.

  33. jdubb84 says: Apr 19, 2013 8:58 AM

    Uh yeah. They gotta play Seahawks in Seattle week 2…we all remember how that went down last time. Jim harbaugh speechless in his press conference

  34. waxthat says: Apr 19, 2013 9:04 AM

    piece of cake. 19-0

  35. 49erstim says: Apr 19, 2013 9:30 AM

    This is nothing new in the NFL. Every year there is a team or two with a schedule that seems stacked against them. They cannot use that as an excuse and I don’t think they will. This is why Baalke and Harbaugh have strived to make sure this roster has depth.

  36. mrstinkypants says: Apr 19, 2013 9:47 AM

    Wow the NFL must really hate London if they are sending the Jaguars over there to play.

  37. asimonetti88 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:07 AM

    Go Niners!

  38. orcahawk says: Apr 19, 2013 10:22 AM

    Niners will be resting thier starters on week 18

  39. liddogg33 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:24 AM

    The clear favorite???? Haha. That “clear favorite” got DESTROYED the last time they played the Seahawks. I can’t wait until this overrated team falls flat on their face!! No way the niners make it back to the superbowl this season!!! They had their chance and they CHOKED IT AWAY!!!!

    GO HAWKS!!

  40. 49erstim says: Apr 19, 2013 10:48 AM

    Lol@ trash talking ‘hawk fans. C’mon now guys. We’re all excited about our teams, but you guys are already talking SB and we’re still a week away from the draft. Get a grip. First thing first…win the division! Take away that Fail Mary play and your team wouldn’t have MADE the playoffs last year. Lol.

  41. jrazz22 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:53 AM

    Seahawk fans are hilarious. Your team hasn’t accomplished anything in their lame history. The Rams have won a Super Bowl so you’re not even on their level yet.

    The only thing you can hang your hat on is a win at home last year against the niners. Pathetic.

  42. billb49 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:53 AM

    Good to see Niner haters coming out in such full force again. Seems like old times. The Niners must be doing something right!

    14-2, NFC Championship game for the last game before the Stick is knocked down, and this time it’s going to be one of those old-fashioned Niner-delivered beat-downs in the Super Bowl that everyone complains about because it’s so boring.

    Everything old is new again!

  43. citynative says: Apr 19, 2013 10:54 AM

    Ironic that so many Seahawk fans suddenly emerged after last year. #bandwagon. Your rallying cry of 42-13 was the biggest win in your franchise history. #sadbuttrue

  44. billb49 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:56 AM

    jdubb84: “Uh yeah. They gotta play Seahawks in Seattle week 2…we all remember how that went down last time. Jim harbaugh speechless in his press conference”

    Right. The Seahawks’ “Super Bowl Win”! It’s been Seahawk fan’s rallying cry now for months. Something tells me that Sunday night in mid-September, Seahawk fan is going to be jolted back to reality.

  45. Mike Wilkening says: Apr 19, 2013 11:05 AM

    Thanks for your comments as always. To clarify something — I believe the Seahawks are very good, too, and if they are the best in the NFC West, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Two very skilled teams there. The NFC West looks silly tough on paper.

    The focus of the piece was some of the oddities / challenges, in my view, of the Niners’ schedule. And yes, I think they have the ability to overcome most anything on their best form. Whether that happens, of course, remains to be seen.

    Mike

  46. jaccfrost says: Apr 19, 2013 11:19 AM

    This guy should be a bookie since he already knows the SB favorite….really? All I gotta say is, there are OTHER teams in the division that may have something to say about that….Coach Fisher in particular

  47. d0minate says: Apr 19, 2013 11:31 AM

    The Niner’s probably have one of the easiest NFCW schedules, if not the easiest.

  48. allday38 says: Apr 19, 2013 12:53 PM

    Your better off picking lottery numbers then assessing the NFL schedule in April. Face it, good teams will falter, bad teams will rise, there will be injuries, bad calls, bad weeks, weather, any number of variables that make opponent judging this early, worthless. Hope for a great season and play the games!!
    Go Hawks!!!

  49. jgarcia050 says: Apr 19, 2013 3:11 PM

    I’m a 9er fan and I don’t think the schedule is that tough outside their divisional games…don’t see why they can’t win 10-11 games but that may not be good enough to win the division

  50. juliusanonymous says: Apr 19, 2013 5:02 PM

    Blah blah blah. Those 14 other games are just noise. Only 2 games matter this season: SF @ Seattle and Seattle @ SF. This unholy clash of the titans will be watched by all, and whoever is left standing will devour all others on the way to the Lombardi.

  51. pop562 says: Apr 19, 2013 6:08 PM

    Can’t wait when the 49ers put the scally wag Seahags back into their place. All hype and only beat one playoff team by a huge margin, which is their division rival. But they can’t dominate teams like the Packers, Patriots and Falcons even lost to the bottom feeders Cardinals. The 49ers however dominated the Packers and patriots and swept the Cards with ease. As far as the Falcons, they beat them on the road, something the Seahags can’t do on the road. How many Superbowls does the hags have in their trophy case? Before you hags fan talk catch up to the Rams first since they know what a Super Bowl win feels like.

  52. jomochiefsfan84 says: Apr 19, 2013 7:53 PM

    Too bad for the 49ers if they make the Super Bowl again looks like they will lose again because it’s gonna be very very cold in New York! 49ers wont fare well in that kind of weather unless their playing against noodle neck manning then they might have a chance

  53. 49erlifer says: Apr 19, 2013 7:57 PM

    Logicalvoice i bet you and JoeToronto are best of friends you both hate the niners with a passion yet your teams are garbage. Redskins wont win the NFC east and will miss the playoffs book it!

  54. jonkchar says: Apr 19, 2013 8:50 PM

    kinda funny that 49er fans call Seahawks fans bandwagoners. its easy to root for guys like Montana and Rice. what about those of us that rooted for players like Dave Kreig? your argument is invalid

  55. forty9asty says: Apr 20, 2013 12:46 AM

    themackstrong says:
    Apr 19, 2013 1:33 AM
    49ers will have 8-8 season but the bandwagon wheels will be coming off when 0-2 hits.
    ================================================
    Funny. That’s the same thing you guys said LAST year. “Fluke”, “8-8″, “miss playoffs” or “one and done”…how’d that work out for you haters?

    d0minate says:
    Apr 19, 2013 11:31 AM
    The Niner’s probably have one of the easiest NFCW schedules, if not the easiest.
    ================================================
    Considering all teams in the division play the EXACT same opponents, aside from the 9ers playing the top-seeded from other divisions (since they finished first in the division), I don’t see how your comment holds any weight

  56. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:07 PM

    I personally am more afraid of the field at the redskin stadium than of RG3. If I was him I’d sue the groundskeeper for ruining my career. Before you run round saying stuff like he the man and better than the Keaper, maybe he should finish the rehab and come back to the practice field and battle for his job. I’m thinkin Cousins is going to be the starter for that team this season. So hope they can make the playoffs and we be seeing you there skins fans.

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