49ers’ 2021 schedule has six games critical to Super Bowl dreams
6 2021 video games that are vital to 49ers’ Super Bowl dreams initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The 2020 season was expected to be the 49ers’ time to run over the remainder of the league en path to a Super Bowl return and a confetti shower in Tampa Bay. Rather, the 49ers’ Vengeance Trip invested the majority of the season broken down on the side of the roadway as an extraordinary variety of injuries thwarted the season simply as it was leaving the beginning blocks.
Now healthy and with among the most total lineups in the NFL, the 49ers get in the 2021 season with their sights set on recovering the NFC West title and setting themselves up for a Super Bowl run.
After completing last season 6-10, the 49ers own a beneficial schedule in 2021. They have the 12th-easiest schedule based upon the challenger’s record from last season and own the simplest schedule based upon the anticipated win overalls of their 2021 challengers, per Sharp Football.
The 49ers have a beneficial draw to begin the season, opening with video games at the Detroit Lions and at the Philadelphia Eagles. Week 3 is when the schedule genuinely starts.
While the 49ers’ schedule is attracting, there still are a variety of video games that will show vital to providing the very best possible roadway to Super Bowl LVI. To be clear, these aren’t must-win video games. The 49ers are too talented a group to be circling around must-wins in May. That’s a job for the Raiders, New York City Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and so forth.
However winning these 6 video games, or a minimum of a bulk of them, will set the 49ers up for a January run that might end at SoFi Arena in February.
Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers
After 2 roadway video games versus anticipated bottom-feeders to open, the 49ers, presuming Aaron Rodgers still is the quarterback in Green Bay, get their very first real test in Week 3.
A primetime match versus among the leading NFC competitors will be a best chance for the ideally healthy 49ers to see if they genuinely are back. The 49ers hammered Rodgers and the Packers two times in 2019, so reasserting themselves as a dominant NFC force early in the season will be necessary.
A win likewise would offer the 49ers the head-to-head tiebreaker over Green Bay which might be available in useful as the groups jockey for playoff seeding down the stretch.
Week 4 vs. Seattle Seahawks
Another NFC competitor led by a dissatisfied star quarterback pertains to Levi’s Arena in Week 4, with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks wishing to draw very first blood in the competition’s 2021 edition.
Offered the competitiveness of the NFC West, it would behoove the 49ers to win their very first department video game of the season and get an early upper hand on the Seahawks, who they will see once again in November. There’s a great chance the NFC West title will be figured out by either a head-to-head tiebreaker or by virtue of department record.
An early loss to Seattle would not be a killer, however it would increase the pressure to protect a win a CenturyLink Field in order to nullify the head-to-head tie-breaker later on in the season.
Making a top-four seed will be of the utmost value as wild-card groups (besides the 2020 Bucs) hardly ever run the onslaught to get to the Super Bowl.
Week 7 vs. Indianapolis Colts
The DeForest Buckner vengeance video game shows up after the 49ers’ early Week 6 bye as a prospective Super Bowl sneak peek happens in the Bay.
This video game will not have a direct effect on the 49ers’ mission for the NFC West title or No. 1 seed, however it does start perhaps the most difficult stretch of their schedule. Following the video game vs. the Colts, the 49ers will go to the Chicago Bears prior to returning house to deal with the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams.
Each of those 4 groups had a top-10 defense by DVOA in 2020 and ought to supply severe resistance in 2021. While a loss to the Colts is survivable, the 49ers will wish to open this hard stretch with a win otherwise things might get hairy by the end. It’s the only stretch where things might leave hand.
Week 9 vs. Arizona Cardinals
The 49ers return house from a Week 8 journey to Soldier Field to discover Kyler Murray and the Cardinals waiting on them and the new-look Los Angeles Rams on deck.
In in 2015’s season-opener, the only video game the 49ers were mainly healthy, Murray provided fits while leading the Cardinals to a Week 1 win. The 49ers returned the favor with an unexpected late-season win behind C.J. Beathard in Arizona that assisted ruin the Cardinals’ playoff dreams.
While the 49ers understand how unsafe Murray is, there is some look-ahead capacity here as the Rams, now led by Matthew Stafford, are getting some severe Super Bowl steam. While the match with the Rams is essential (we’ll get to that in a 2nd), every NFC West video game will have huge ramifications and the 49ers require to get the early department wins at Levi’s prior to concentrating on taking some on the roadway late in the season.
This video game will be much more essential ought to the Cardinals win the very first match in Arizona in Week 5.
Week 10 vs. Los Angeles Rams
Here. We. Go.
While the Seahawks competition typically gets prominence, the arrival of Stafford in Southern California ought to make the Week 10 tilt the greatest video game of the season to this point.
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Both groups will be wanting to make a declaration versus the other department favorite. The 49ers have actually owned the Rams over the previous 2 seasons, however that was with Jared Goff under center in LA and Robert Saleh managing San Francisco’s defense. Neither Goff, who now will be taking snaps in Detroit, or Saleh, the Jets’ brand-new head coach, will be an aspect on this November night.
With the 49ers and Rams completing the season with a video game at SoFi Arena, the winner of this video game might hold the advantage heading into what might be a winner-take-division video game in Week 18. While the season ending gets a great deal of attention, this one is simply as essential.
Week 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars
This video game establishes as a best trap video game. One the 49ers can’t fall under.
After going through their hard four-game stretch, the 49ers need to take a trip throughout the nation to deal with Young boy King Trevor Lawrence and Duval’s brand-new king Urban Meyer. It’s a 10 a.m. PT kick — the 49ers have 5 of those which will not make them delighted — and this one gives off let-down main.
The Jags have a long method to go till they are a playoff competitor, however Lawrence is very gifted and ought to have his feet under him 10 weeks in. With their margin for mistake atop the NFC West so slim, the 49ers can’t pay for to go sleep-walking into Jacksonville versus Lawrence and Meyer, who will be trying to find among their very first huge NFL pelts.
An upset loss in Jacksonville might be the distinction in between a department title and a journey to Green Bay, Tampa Bay or Los Angeles/Seattle throughout wild-card weekend.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.