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Will a face off against a state rival result in the first win of the year?

Posted By Jason Rossi On Oct 16 2010 @ 5:53 pm In San Francisco 49ers | 1 Comment

It’s official.  My prediction of the 49ers season record is wrong.  I predicted they would go 12 – 4, and with 5 straight loses, that chance has flown the coop. 

I also predicted that the 49ers week 6 opponent, the Oakland Raiders, would result in a win.  However, these two teams seem to be moving in two different directions.  The Raiders are starting to play good football with a strong running game, currently ranked 7th in the league, and a punishing defense.  Their defense and special teams combined for two touchdowns against San Diego in week 5.  However, they currently rank 28th in points allowed.

The 49ers are playing like a team that is lost.  Statistically they are lacklustre at best.  They rank 30th in rushing and 31st in scoring.  And the number of close games they have let slip is making me reach for the Pepto more often then I care to count.  In their week 5 match up with the Eagles they were 100% in the redzone and 61% redzone efficiency.  On the negative side they have a total of 5 turnovers.  Football 101 says if you turn the ball over, you won’t win the game.  San Francisco’s season has proven that, too many times.

It goes without saying that the 49ers must win this game. 

But what would it take for them  to make the playoffs?  Is this still a viable goal at this point in the season?  I want to update my predictions and see if they can still win the NFC West.

I now think that the 49ers will finish the season 8-8.  Their loses will come against Denver, Tampa Bay and Green Bay.  The schedule is working in their favour because they have had only one divisional game to this point in the season.  But is 8-8 enough for the 49ers to win the NFC west?  Here is how I think the rest of the NFC West will do;

Arizona Cardinals – 6-10

St. Louis Rams – 5-11

Seattle Seahawks – 4-12

So there is still light at the end of the tunnel.  But the 49ers have to win now to ensure that this light is not a freight train.

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