The 2016 season for the San Francisco 49ers will be the ultimate test. They will be coming off a horrendous season, which the entire organization would like to forget, one that cost Coach Jim Tomsula his job. Quarterback Colin Kaepaenick looked like he had never played a single day in the NFL in his life. It was a totally forgettable season in which they struggled at all aspects of the game.
With the offseason hiring of new Coach Chip Kelly, the 49ers are looking to turn things around in 2016. I am going to make predictions on how they will fare in the upcoming season. Vegas says they win 5.5 games and have the second worst odds of winning the Super Bowl. So, he has a tall task ahead of him.
The schedule Gods were not on their side. They do open at home against the Rams. The excitement of opening day, with a new coach will propel them to a victory.
The next two games are away against powerhouses Carolina and Seattle, those will be losses, another loss will follow against Dallas. Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Tony Romo? Need I say more? Carolina will play with a chip on their shoulders all season after their Super Bowl loss, and destroy everyone in their path. If the Seahawks play the way they are capable of, they will win a ton of games. Dallas is just Dallas, unpredictable and dangerous.
Game five will be another loss against Carson Palmer, Bruce Arians and the Cardinals. Their offense will dominate.
Next up are Buffalo and Tampa Bay, I’m predicting a win against Buffalo and a loss against Sophomore QB Jameis Winston.
They will go into the bye and try to prepare for what’s coming. New Orelans, Arizona, and New England. These will all be losses. The only close game will be against the inconsistent Saints. Drew Brees will throw for 600 yards and have 4 fourth quarter touchdowns. Arizona will again dominate them with their offense and Tom Brady will blow them out of the water.
They will go to the sun and sand of Miami and get a win. The Dolphins will also be repeating another horrible season. Good Jay Cutler will show up in Chicago in week thirteen, and they will lose to the Bears on the road. They will return home and play the Jets, another loss. The Jets are good and will keep getting better.
They will win against Atlanta, the Falcons will continue on their downward spiral. Week sixteen will be another win against the Rams. The close out the season against Seattle, another loss. They will finish the 2016 campaign 5-11. The difficult schedule will get the best of them.
For them to have any success, other teams will have to falter. Colin Kaepernick will have to bounce back from the worst season of his career. With a little luck and a miracle here and there, they may rack up a few more wins. 2016 will be an uphill battle, most likely one too difficult to win. Faithful and die hard fans and the tradition will remain. Maybe it’s a rebuilding year? Maybe free agency pays off? Time will tell.