The team has been very good over the past several seasons, as well, dominating National Football Conference (NFC) competition and engaging in postseason play, including a Super Bowl, for several years in a row.
But in the National Football League, the only real constant is change. That really means that it is very difficult for good teams to hold on to all of their great players. Budget constraints make that virtually impossible. Retirement is another factor. And the 49ers have lost much of their core group of players to careers that ended too quickly and to other teams that were able to offer richer contracts.
So, this year, the 2015 Season, may prove to be difficult for the team from “the city by the bay.” In truth, San Francisco’s Strength of Schedule rating is a frightening 561. That is the third toughest schedule in the entire league.
As is the case with all NFL teams, San Francisco will have to play at home and on the road against the other three teams that, along with the 49ers, make up the NFC West Division. This northern California team will host the tough Seattle Seahawks on October 22nd, the equally-difficult Arizona Cardinals on November 29th and the rapidly-improving St. Louis Rams on January 3rd, the day the regular season ends.
Road games against the same opponents are scheduled for September 21st in Arizona, November 1st in St. Louis (a nationally-televised Thursday night contest) and November 22nd in Seattle, a place where visiting teams rarely win.
San Francisco has some tough opponents outside its division. For example, they will host the Minnesota Vikings at home on Monday night, September 14th. That’s the opening game for both teams and it is a nationally-televised event.
The 49ers will also be visited by the Green Bay Packers on October 4th and the Baltimore Ravens on October 18th. Both squads are playoff-caliber and will certainly provide challenging competition for San Francisco.
The 49ers, a team that pundits predict will win 7.5 games this year, will also have to overcome such powerful squads as the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in a Sunday night contest, the New York Giants, a team that figures to score points in bunches and the Detroit Lions.
All of the games are likely to be difficult for a team like the 49ers that has lost so many of its top performers. But this squad still has many skilled and capable players.
It will be interesting to see how San Francisco competes against some of the toughest competition in the National Football League.
Courtesy of Ninersnation.com