49ers could be starting a historically difficult stretch

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As the 9-1 49ers prepare to face the 8-2 Packers, 8-2 Ravens, and 8-2 Saints, they could be embarking on the most difficult three-game, late-season stretch that any modern NFL team has ever endured.

Via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, no team in the Super Bowl era has had a trio of consecutive games against teams that have won at least 80 percent of their games this late in the season.

For that to happen, the Ravens and Saints both must maintain their winning percentage of 80 percent or more. It requires the Ravens to beat the Rams on Monday night and the Saints to beat Carolina and Atlanta over the next eight days.

If those things happen, the 49ers will indeed be the first team to face a trio of teams with winning percentages of 80 percent or more at this stage of the campaign.

Even if they don’t, the stakes are high for the 49ers over the next three games. One or two losses could increase the chances that, despite their 8-0 start, the 49ers could end up losing the NFC West to Seattle.

77 responses to “49ers could be starting a historically difficult stretch

  1. The Packers will be a difficult game but I think (hope) we can squeeze a narrow victory.

    The Ravens will destroy us if we don’t get some injuries back, especially Kittle to help out Jimmy G with some easier short passes and blocking.

    The Saints will be a difficult game same as Green Bay, but again one we can win. Dunno if we will, depends on how beat up we are after the mauling by the Ravens.

    Don’t forget we’ve got Seattle again as well.

    12 and 4 will be a good return on the season with our monster run-in. Will that be enough to win the division, I dunno, depends on that second Seahawks game.

  2. Yep

    If the niners get thru this stretch unscathed just give the trophy to them now.

    Gonna be hard stupid hard consider they don’t stop the run worth a crap or run it themselves.

  3. The time of year to see who’s got the roster depth and, the stones, to make the run.
    Defense wins Championships.
    We’ll see how it goes from here.
    Nice to be in the conversation again if nothing else.

  4. If a team hopes to go anywhere, they relish such an opportunity. Is SF such a team? I dislike them, but I think they might be for real. And I definitely did not think that 2 months ago

  5. I guess we’ll find out if the Niners are for real. In any case, I’m glad to see that team back in the playoff hunt. They’ve been down for awhile, and I like it when they’re competitive.

  6. Won’t be easy and if they drop one there is no shame in that. Its NFL, things happen.

    Packers happen to be undefeated against teams with winning records this year and I hope that continues. A loss to 49s or a loss by 49s doesn’t mean either team is trash or a pretender. 2 good teams and one has to lose. Either could be in NFCCG.

  7. I mean, its only fair since they started the season off with a “historically” easy schedule. Itll be interesting to see how they do againts top quality teams, they already lost 1 againts the 1st real test of the season.

  8. Well its not gonna happen because the Saints are gonna lose their next 2 and fall back to earth, and the Ravens are gonna lose to the Rams. So much for it being an epic stretch

  9. They played one of the easiest schedules of the season in the first half of the year. Now they start the more difficult part.

  10. packattack1967 says:
    November 20, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Someone in New York is patting themselves on the back
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    How would NY know that the Ravens would be good this year? They looked feeble in the playoffs losing to a team that looked even more feeble against NE.

  11. The 9ers have played the Bucs, Steelers, Panthers, Browns, Bengals, Skins, and Cards for their gimme games. None of those teams scare anyone, and they’ve played only 2 halfway decent teams in Seattle and the Rams. They have a bunch of fluff cakes the rest of the way out with their only true tests coming in Baltimore and Green Bay, and even Green Bay so it looks like the schedulers gave 9ers fans what they wanted – A Cake walk into the postseason

  12. NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    November 20, 2019 at 7:54 am

    It will be even more historic when we go 3 – 0 against all of them.
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    Bet you won’t put your money where your mouth is.

  13. I don’t know what you put in that Koolaid…. Saints will win their next two games outright. Then we will see what the niners are about in a hostile environment in NOLA

  14. After this stretch plus games vs Rams Seahawks they will be lucky to be a wildcard . Either way they are about to be exposed big time

  15. It’s just football. There is nothing historical about this schedual. In most of their remaining 6 games weather shouldn’t be a factor. Basically they are playing pre 2002 NFC west conference rivals with the ATL, NO and LA left on the schedule.

  16. KoolAidFree says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:04 am
    The 9ers have played the Bucs, Steelers, Panthers, Browns, Bengals, Skins, and Cards for their gimme games. None of those teams scare anyone, and they’ve played only 2 halfway decent teams in Seattle and the Rams. They have a bunch of fluff cakes the rest of the way out with their only true tests coming in Baltimore and Green Bay, and even Green Bay so it looks like the schedulers gave 9ers fans what they wanted – A Cake walk into the postseason

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    There are no schedulers. The schedule is created by a specific formula or algorithm, making it predetermined through… forever. If they add no more teams or no more games, the NFL could tell you the schedule for any year in the future. 3019? 4019? 10000000019? No problem.

    Your team plays the same schedule as every other team in your division, with the exception of two games and even those two are predetermined years in advance AND determined by each team’s finish in the year prior.

  17. Fact checking: “No team has played three straight games against teams with an .800+ winning percentage this late in the season in the Super Bowl era.” Eh WRONG!~ 2007 Browns played the Seahawks, Steelers, and Ravens. with a combined 24-3 record.

  18. Just like delusional Bills fans, reality is about to hit and hit hard.

    Take a pic of the standings now and cherish it.

  19. KoolAidFree says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:04 am
    The 9ers have played the Bucs, Steelers, Panthers, Browns, Bengals, Skins, and Cards for their gimme games. None of those teams scare anyone, and they’ve played only 2 halfway decent teams in Seattle and the Rams. They have a bunch of fluff cakes the rest of the way out with their only true tests coming in Baltimore and Green Bay, and even Green Bay so it looks like the schedulers gave 9ers fans what they wanted – A Cake walk into the postseason
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    lol. Can never win with some people. Listen professor, good teams win against the bad teams. Before the season started, would have the Niners been favored against the Steelers, Browns, Panthers, even the Bucs? The answer is clearly no. Why? because theyve been AWFUL the past handful of years. Now it’s not good enough that they’re winning. Sports fans are trully the best….

  20. KoolAidFree says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:04 am
    The 9ers have played the Bucs, Steelers, Panthers, Browns, Bengals, Skins, and Cards for their gimme games. None of those teams scare anyone, and they’ve played only 2 halfway decent teams in Seattle and the Rams. They have a bunch of fluff cakes the rest of the way out with their only true tests coming in Baltimore and Green Bay, and even Green Bay so it looks like the schedulers gave 9ers fans what they wanted – A Cake walk into the postseason

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    What a load of crap. They have to play Green Bay at home, @Baltimore, @Saints, at home v Rams then @seattle ( I left out the Home Atlanta game as that should be a gimme )

    it is a really tough stretch, and normally I would say best of luck and I hope it goes down to the final game, but the arrogance and ignorance of a lot san fran fans, I hope you lose 4 of the last 6..fwiw, Seattle have no easy ride either, @Philly, v Minni, @Rams, @Carolina, v Arizona and at home to finish v san fran, but they have something you mugs in Clara don’t, FIRST NAME RUSSELL LAST NAME WILSON

    if you are gonna run a team down, and none more so than Clara, fact check dude

  21. Some of these comments tho….lol

    Are they for real? What does that even mean? They’ve played who was on their schedule. I do know that if they were a bad football team then they’d have dropped a couple of those close games because that’s what bad teams do. Trust me. We’ve seen some bad football in the last few years. They’ve found many ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. This team though…they find ways to win even through injuries which is what good teams do. So are they for real? Who cares? Are they good? Yes.

  22. The Niners are a one loss team because they have played only one good team which they lost to.cant see them beating any of the next three teams on the schedule because those teams are their equal and more and the Niners just arent used to playing teams that really know how to win football games and have the talent to do it.

  23. They should easily destroy a vastly overrated Packer team. Unless the Packers bring their refs to California with them!

  24. NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    November 20, 2019 at 7:54 am

    It will be even more historic when we go 0 – 3 against all of them.
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    Fixed it for you.

  25. I still like the teams the 2007 Patriots overcame on route to 18-0. They may not have been consecutive but the 5-0 Cowboys in Dallas and the 8-0 Manning led Colts in Indy came to mind. They also beat the eventual SB winning Giants IN NEW YORK ON WEEK 17 as the Giants were getting rolling. And the Chargers were on an 8 game winning streak when the Patriots beat them in the AFCCG.

    Other noteables:

    52-7 over playoff bound Gibbs coached Redskins
    3 TD win over Steelers after they guaranteed victory

  26. 9ers fans are as delusional as those Cowboys fans, but I guess that’s what happens when your team hasn’t won it all since the 90s

  27. You folks knocking the Niners for their schedule are hilarious. They’ve played most of the season without a #1WR and their Hall of Fame Left Tackle. They’ve also had their Pro Bowl Tight End, Kicker and Fullback miss numerous games as well, on top of their Right Tackle and Running Backs.

    This team when healthy was curb stomping everyone. Their one loss should have been a win if not for their backup kicker.

    If you can’t see this is a dominant team when healthy, you don’t know football. Their D-Line is the best in the game, and can get pressure with 4. That’s the recipe for championships in today’s NFL.

  28. Never in my entire football watching life have I seen such disrespect for a 9-1 team. It’s baffling! They’ve played who is on their schedule. They’ve annihilated the majority of those teams. The only game they’ve lost has been against a good Seattle team and they had plenty of chances to win and unfortunately missed their FG. Let’s not pretend like that was some huge, decisive victory for Seattle. It wasn’t a blowout. Their kicker made the FG and ours didn’t. Simple as that. Yet Seattle is somehow getting a pass for barely beating most of the same teams (as well as losing to the saints and ravens) and the niners are getting crucified for losing to one good team. I know I’m bias but I’m still a logical person. Where is the logic is this?

  29. billh1947 says:
    November 20, 2019 at 9:48 am
    The Niners are a one loss team because they have played only one good team which they lost to.cant see them beating any of the next three teams on the schedule because those teams are their equal and more and the Niners just arent used to playing teams that really know how to win football games and have the talent to do it.

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    Lost by a FG in the final seconds of OT. Yeah huge loss. Otherwise, you’re saying that they’re unproven and it’s all just a guessing game. Got it.

  30. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    November 20, 2019 at 9:12 am
    Fact checking: “No team has played three straight games against teams with an .800+ winning percentage this late in the season in the Super Bowl era.” Eh WRONG!~ 2007 Browns played the Seahawks, Steelers, and Ravens. with a combined 24-3 record.
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    What are you talking about? Was that a joke? In 2007 the Browns (5-2) beat the Seahawks (4-3) in week 9, then the Browns (5-3) lost to the Steelers (6-2) in week 10, then the Browns (5-4) beat the Ravens (4-5) in OT week 11. It was the Ravens’ 4th loss in a 9-game losing streak. Their opponents were a combined 14-10 heading into the matchups.

  31. Still waiting 9ers fans….Been waiting since the 90s, but your team and your fan base is just like the Cowboys and their fan base. It’s always we’re the best until you lose, and then it’s wait till next year man…Just wait till next year….Been waiting since the 90s and we’ll be waiting until sometime in the future after the year 2025 at best

  32. If they win all 3 games or at least 2 of them then they will get my attention. For now I still think they are fraud to me especially with the way they struggled against the redskins

  33. One distinct pattern in football are all these rematches in the playoffs that result in the opposite outcome. Usually if a team beats their same opponent in the regular season, they’ll lose to them in the post-season. It happened to the Patriots in 2001 with losing to the Rams in the regular season, 2002 Buccaneers with losing to the Eagles, the Patriots again in 2007 with beating the Giants, 2010 Patriots with beating the Jets in a blowout win, 2013 Patriots with their overtime win over the Broncos, the Saints last season with their regular season win against the Rams, and other times. In other words, it can be better to lose a few throwaway games every here and there.

  34. As a niner fan, i think our talent is that of a 10 or 11 win team. So I will not be upset when that’s what we finish with. Whether all the tough games are at the end or the beginning, doesn’t matter much, they all have to be played at some point. Very easily could have lost 4 other games earlier this year. If you’d have told me in August that we’d make the playoffs at 10-6, I’d have taken it. Saints, Packers, Seahawks all seem like better teams than us in my opinion. Not by a huge margin tho, we lost by 3 in OT without our only two viable receiving options in Kittle and Sanders. Get them healthy and I’m good with our chances against anyone.

  35. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    November 20, 2019 at 9:12 am
    Fact checking: “No team has played three straight games against teams with an .800+ winning percentage this late in the season in the Super Bowl era.” Eh WRONG!~ 2007 Browns played the Seahawks, Steelers, and Ravens. with a combined 24-3 record.
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    Not only are you wrong on the record, but all 3 of those games were played before 11/18.

  36. They played their toughest game at home. They’re gonna get destroyed in Baltimore and New Orleans

  37. The 9ers are legit. They will have trouble the next 3 weeks, but I don’t see them getting swept. Packers are coming off a bye and rested. That will be tough. Ravens and saints are going to be good games. 9ers can win all 3 games or lose all 3, but they will go 2-1 over the 3 games.

  38. greenwhodat26 says:
    November 20, 2019 at 1:38 pm
    They played their toughest game at home. They’re gonna get destroyed in Baltimore and New Orleans

    Listen, I have respect for the Saints. I think they’re a great team. But what about the 49ers makes you think they’ll get “destroyed”? Our #2 defense? Our #5 offense? Besides, you guys got “destroyed” by a 1-7 Falcons team. Are we not far better than the Falcons? Be reasonable. Don’t think it can’t or won’t happen again. Now, the Ravens? Maybe 🤷‍♂️

  39. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:58 am
    KoolAidFree says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:04 am
    The 9ers have played the Bucs, Steelers, Panthers, Browns, Bengals, Skins, and Cards for their gimme games. None of those teams scare anyone, and they’ve played only 2 halfway decent teams in Seattle and the Rams. They have a bunch of fluff cakes the rest of the way out with their only true tests coming in Baltimore and Green Bay, and even Green Bay so it looks like the schedulers gave 9ers fans what they wanted – A Cake walk into the postseason

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    There are no schedulers. The schedule is created by a specific formula or algorithm, making it predetermined through… forever. If they add no more teams or no more games, the NFL could tell you the schedule for any year in the future. 3019? 4019? 10000000019? No problem.

    Your team plays the same schedule as every other team in your division, with the exception of two games and even those two are predetermined years in advance AND determined by each team’s finish in the year prior.

    Wrong. Again.
    While each team’s schedule is determined on a rotating basis that can be calculated for any future year (expect the two games mentioned that are determined by the prior year’s results in each conference). However there are NFL schedulers.
    While they don’t schedule who will play who they schedule when and where (outside division for where) each game will be played. And that can easily dictate easier or harder schedules.

  40. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 21, 2019 at 1:36 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:58 am
    KoolAidFree says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:04 am
    The 9ers have played the Bucs, Steelers, Panthers, Browns, Bengals, Skins, and Cards for their gimme games. None of those teams scare anyone, and they’ve played only 2 halfway decent teams in Seattle and the Rams. They have a bunch of fluff cakes the rest of the way out with their only true tests coming in Baltimore and Green Bay, and even Green Bay so it looks like the schedulers gave 9ers fans what they wanted – A Cake walk into the postseason

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    There are no schedulers. The schedule is created by a specific formula or algorithm, making it predetermined through… forever. If they add no more teams or no more games, the NFL could tell you the schedule for any year in the future. 3019? 4019? 10000000019? No problem.

    Your team plays the same schedule as every other team in your division, with the exception of two games and even those two are predetermined years in advance AND determined by each team’s finish in the year prior.

    Wrong. Again.
    While each team’s schedule is determined on a rotating basis that can be calculated for any future year (expect the two games mentioned that are determined by the prior year’s results in each conference). However there are NFL schedulers.
    While they don’t schedule who will play who they schedule when and where (outside division for where) each game will be played. And that can easily dictate easier or harder schedules.
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    No, I was correct, as usual. There is no such position as “scheduler.” Does not exist. I mean, since you want to play semantics and all. Only you could try to convince yourself that a guy… any guy… would know how the schedule is made but wouldn’t know that there has to be some human involvement.

    But if you want to get into who has it good and who has it bad, let’s do that. The Packers have 5 of the last 7 on the road. Including two division games, vs dome teams, at the very end. Meaning those dome teams miss out on Lambeau the last couple weeks of the season. Of course we also had 5 of 7 at home to start the season, so we recognize that in the grand scheme of things, it’s fair. Sadly, planet purple nearly spun off its axis when the Pack had that 5 of 7 at home, though. That was “unfair” according to the 42 of you.

  41. “Each team’s opponents are decided by a formula that rotates the non-division matchups, and the strengths of schedule (by opponents’ combined winning percentage) already were determined at the end of last season. It’s the sequence of these games — the length of the road trips, the tricky patches and soft spots, when the bye week falls — that can make or break a schedule.

    The mysterious alchemy of the NFL schedulers takes place in a small bunker in the league offices.

    It’s a really weird place,” NBC Sports’ Peter King said on 94WIP (“The Peter King Podcast,” including the latest episode on the NFL scheduling process, is available on RADIO.COM). “You come to this room that’s an entirely frosted glass room. Nobody can see in it.”

    Here are the 32 NFL teams ranked from most difficult to easiest 2019 schedules (with opponents’ 2018 winning percentage), along with analysis that put the 16-game slates in context:”

    Seee…wrong. again

  42. The schedule is still decided by a formula, no matter what kind of romanticized “frosted glass” nonsense you read somewhere. As for the pre-season, I believe the teams have a part in pre-season scheduling but nobody really cares, other than you when it suits your obsession for me. Moreover, pre-season has nothing to do with the original guy’s contention that some mysterious “schedulers” have it out for some teams. But you keep trying… it’s huge fun for me, watching you grasp at smaller and smaller straws as you try and stay afloat. And, as always, you can’t make me love you.

  43. It’s because you ignore facts you don’t like is why you are so often wrong. Who is decided by formula. Where and when is decided by human schedulers, which make it easier or harder for some teams (see this year’s Raiders) Regular season. Period. Preseason is mostly decided by human schedulers which is another point to show you are wrong saying there are no nfl schedulers. Period.

  44. No, the original guy seemed to think there were “schedulers” that make up the schedule and favor some teams. I explained to the guy, calmly and politely, how it really works and that should have been that. Then here you come, playing semantics. When that didn’t work, you turned to preseason. Preseason!? Really??? Preseason had, and has, nothing to do with the conversation.

    If you want me to be wrong so badly, let me make it real easy for you. I’m saying right now, you are unable to stop following me around and bothering me. Prove me wrong. For the first tine ever.

  45. Here is an example where Packer fans complained the schedulers gave Minnesota an advantage this year. Minnesota played the Packers in summertime green bay instead playing the packers at green bay in winter on their broken by then Lambeau field. Packer fans contended it was to minnesota’s advantage not to have to play in green Bay late in the season and they blamed the NFL schedulers.

    The schedule in its entirety of who, when, and where is determined both by formula and human schedulers. That last part means schedulers do exist. The former part being true does not negate the latter.

    I enjoy helping the wrong learn. You are welcome.

  46. As always, your story continues to change and the goalposts continue to move.

    There is, however, that one surefire way to make me wrong. Dead wrong. Unequivocally, unabashedly, undoubtedly wrong. I’ll make the statement again, to remove any doubt. I won’t even get into however creepy your motives may be. I’ll just make it as easy as humanly possible for you and state (again) the very simple fact: You are unable to leave me alone.

    Prove me wrong.

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