Schedule could be a little tricky for the 49ers


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.

56 responses to “Schedule could be a little tricky for the 49ers

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!!!!

  7. 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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.


  22. 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

  23. 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!!!

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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!

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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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