Observations from Newly Released 49ers Schedule
The NFL released the schedule for the 2018 season last week and since were still months away from the start of the season, there’s nothing better to do than look at the schedules and start making predictions for next season.
Thanks to Jimmy Garoppolo leading the 49ers to a 5-0 record at the end of the season, the 49ers odds to win the Super Bowl next season is very high, which h is one of the reasons they will be on prime time a lot more this year.
The 49ers, along with the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, will play in five prime time games next season.
In addition to their prime time presence this season, it looks like the 49ers also lucked out with two bye weeks. Technically they have one bye week like the rest of the teams in the league, which comes in Week 11.
However, they have a Thursday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders on November 1, but they don’t play again until the following Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants, which gives them 11 days between games.
November should be a good month for the 49ers because they have the two bye weeks during the month and only play one road game that month, which is on November 25 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While they are expected to have a very friendly second half schedule, the 49ers will have a very rough first half of the season because they play five of their first eight games on the road. Fortunately, they don’t have to play three consecutive road games like they did last year.
This season, there are three teams that will play three straight road games, and the Los Angeles Rams are one of them. The Rams will play the final game of the three-game trip against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium, which will be a big game for the 49ers if they are in contention for the division lead.
In another scheduling quirk, the major free agents the 49ers signed during the offseason will get to play against their former teams this season.
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon gets the first crack at his former team as the 49ers open the season against the Vikings. Korey Toomer and Jeremiah Attaochu, who played for the Los Angeles Chargers last season, will face their former teammates in week 4. Former New York Giants center Weston Richburg will play against the Giants in week 12, and Richard Sherman, who was released by the Seahawks during the offseason, will get two chances to get some pay back against the Seahawks in weeks 13 and 15th.
Travel wise, the roughest stretch for the 49ers comes in weeks 12 and 13 because they have to travel to Tampa Bay in week 12 and follow it up with another road game in Seattle. The good news is the Seahawks also have a tough road game against the Carolina Panthers before they host the 49ers in week 13.



2018 Preseason Schedule


WK Date Opponent Time (ET)
1 Thu, Aug 9 vs Dallas 10:00 PM
2 Sat, Aug 18 @ Houston 8:00 PM
3 Sat, Aug 25 @ Indianapolis 4:30 PM
4 Thu, Aug 30 vs Los Angeles 10:00 PM
       



2018 Regular Season Schedule


WK Date Opponent Time (ET)
1 Sun, Sep 9 @ Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
2 Sun, Sep 16 vs Detroit 4:05 PM FOX
3 Sun, Sep 23 @ Kansas City 1:00 PM FOX
4 Sun, Sep 30 @ Los Angeles 4:25 PM CBS
5 Sun, Oct 7 vs Arizona 4:25 PM FOX
6 Mon, Oct 15 @ Green Bay 8:15 PM ESPN/WatchESPN
7 Sun, Oct 21 vs Los Angeles 8:20 PM NBC
8 Sun, Oct 28 @ Arizona 4:25 PM FOX
9 Thu, Nov 1 vs Oakland 8:20 PM FOX/NFL
10 Mon, Nov 12 vs New York 8:15 PM ESPN/WatchESPN
11 BYE WEEK
12 Sun, Nov 25 @ Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
13 Sun, Dec 2 @ Seattle 8:20 PM NBC
14 Sun, Dec 9 vs Denver 4:05 PM CBS
15 Sun, Dec 16 vs Seattle 4:05 PM FOX
16 Sun, Dec 23 vs Chicago 4:05 PM FOX
17 Sun, Dec 30 @ Los Angeles 4:25 PM FOX
       


 


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