Breaking Down the San Francisco 49ers Win Total
2020 NFL Season
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The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss in the 2019 NFL season. With a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, the 49ers saw their championship hopes dashed by the Chiefs, and San Francisco will come into 2020 with a bad taste in their mouths. Can the 49ers regain regain NFL glory and bag another Super Bowl win this season? Get Free NFL Picks and NFL Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place.
Subtractions: Even Super Bowl teams don’t keep their rosters intact from season to season, and San Francisco is no different. The free agency losses for the 49ers haven’t been terrible, but there are a couple of notable absences heading into 2020.
The big name at the top of the list here is wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who is now in New Orleans (where he should do quite well statistically). Sanders played in 10 games for the 49ers last year, bagging 36 receptions for 502 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 30 receptions for 367 yards and two scores in seven games for Denver during 2019 as well. Sanders isn’t a completely backbreaking absence for San Francisco, but it’ll be noticeable.
Aside from that, the 49ers are sitting pretty well on that front. Tight end Levine Toilolo is gone, signing a two-year contract with the Giants, but San Francisco didn’t use him much at all in a receiving capacity. Depth defensive line guys Sheldon Day and Anthony Zettel have moved on from the team as well.
Additions: The 49ers haven’t been super active in free agency, but they’ve brought in defensive end Kerry Hyder and linebacker Joe Walker. There hasn’t been much on the trade front either; San Francisco has been content re-signing key players from last year’s campaign.
Defensive lineman Arik Armstead re-signed on a five-year deal with the 49ers in March. Armstead posted 38 combined tackles in 11 games last year. Free safety Jimmie Ward inked a three-year $28.5 million extension in March as well. Ward has been in San Francisco since his NFL debut in 2014 and has 247 total tackles with 29 pass deflections in his career.
Overall: With a talented roster that’s pretty well intact from last year, San Francisco is set up for another deep playoff run (and possibly even a Super Bowl win this time) in 2020. We’ll likely see the team making some deals as the draft gets closer; as of this writing the 49ers have two first-round picks (13 and 31) and nothing else until the fifth round. Dropping one of those first two picks for a few second- or third-round selections would make sense.
The good news for the 49ers is that their schedule doesn’t look too bad, especially for a team coming off a Super Bowl appearance. San Francisco is scheduled to play the NFC East and AFC East this year; both those divisions should be relatively mediocre in 2020. The Cowboys and Eagles may surprise, but they’re still not in that top NFL tier. The Bills, Dolphins and Jets will all be average-to-bad, and the Patriots just don’t look as intimidating without Tom Brady under center. The Packers and the Saints are the only tricky conference opponents outside the division on San Francisco's slate this season.
As for the NFC West, the 49ers main concern will likely once again be the Seahawks, who are primed for another playoff run. The Cardinals got better in the offseason but probably aren’t quite there yet, and the Rams are something of a question mark as usual. All things considered, if San Francisco plays to their capabilities and stays healthy the team should do well. A final mark of 11 or 12 wins seems quite achievable for this Niners squad, so I’m going with the over here.