For the last two years, ESPN has been working on a projection model which they now call Football Power Index. Some of the factors they've used to come up with this index include Vegas win totals, how many of team's starters will return, starting and backup quarterbacks, how teams performed on their offense, and also the team's defense and special lineup team of the last season. While this has been going on, San Francisco 49ers has been busy in this offseason. Many people feel they've a higher chance of making it to Super Bowl finals. No wonder 49ers odds remain higher, especially after they were placed among the top 10 teams in ESPN FPI for 2018.
According to FPI, the 49ers was ranked slightly above Dallas Cowboys, Kansas Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers. However, the Patriots are leading, followed closely by the Eagles and Steelers. The FPI goes ahead to provide win projections and play-off odds. The report has projected the San Francisco 49ers at 8.7 wins with 46 percent chance to make it to playoffs. This team has been mentioned among the potential playoff contenders, although ESPN only points at Jimmy Garoppolo as the hope for the team before talking about other topics. The Index report also places the 49ers at No. 9 on the offense and No. 11 on defense.
Expectations remain high for their super star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but their defense and special lineup teams is where there might be some swings. The team depends on the new additions in their secondary and more efforts from the returning pass rushers. They must step forward to avoid disappointments. On their special teams, the 49ers place their hope on the additions like D.J. Reed and Dante Pettis who will provide big help when it comes to return game. Another issue is the unpredictability on the blocking and coverage positions. Despite these shortcomings, there is no doubt that the 49ers will remain the regular "darkhorse" in 2018 as we wait to see of they'll live up to these expectations.
After languishing for slightly more than 2 years in NFL rankings, the 49ers have now started their 2018 season campaigns with higher expectations. Due to their continued efforts to improve the team, the 49ers has secured a major spot among the top ten NFL teams. According to ESPN FPI, Jimmy Garoppolo is the main player to watch and his performance will determine the whether the team will be in the playoff picture. But, optimism still run high for the 49ers and many people have started to place their bet on this team to win the Super Bowl LIII. This is after they filled some glaring holes that were evident in the last season.
Putting aside a number of flaws that have been cited in FPI method - 49ers will do well in this season. FPI provides an interesting look at the predictions for NFL teams. With all the changes made during the offseason and major roster overhauls, higher expectations for the 49ers are all over the place. Maybe, the 49ers might clinch the 2018 Super Bowl title, who knows? They might outperform their FPI predictions for 2018.