San Francisco 49ers: Previewing the Second Half

Week 11: at New Orleans Saints

The Saints have shown that losing Sean Payton last season really took a toll on their overall performance. With Payton back the Saints have recovered nicely on their way to a 6-2 record. Their explosive offense led by Drew Brees is one of the best again this season. The Niners have been vulnerable in the secondary during points in some games which is  You can't do that with this offense, especially in their own house. I see the Niners getting locked in a shootout but falling just short of an offense that specializes in shootouts.

Final Score: NO 38, SF 34

Week 12: at Washington Redskins

One of the season's biggest shocks up to this point is the struggles of the Redskins. Currently sitting at 3-5 and third place in the NFC East. The defense has been soft and the offense hasn't been able to establish the run game like they did last season. With all that in mind it seems like the Niners should be able to come away with the win. But it's a long trip to the Nation's capitol and the weather could be questionable at this point in the season.

Final Score: SF 27, WAS 23

Week 13: vs St. Louis Rams

A team that seems to have had the Niners number last season. The Rams are without Sam Bradford for the rest of the year but have found a nice offensive piece in rookie running back Zac Stacy. The Rams defense is a solid unit with good cover cornerbacks and can get pressure on the quarterback. Being a home game for San Francisco the Niners will look to come out to a hot start and never look back. Fortunately for them that is exactly what happens and they win this one easily.

Final Score: SF 35, STL 18

Week 14: vs Seattle Seahawks

The early season match-up between these two left the Niners reeling after being dominated in Seattle. This game will be played in San Francisco and the Niners receiving corps should be close to full strength and could possibly have Michael Crabtree return this week. This is going to be a key game and could even mean home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the winner. It will be a slugfest with both teams fighting desperately for the win.

Final Score: SF 23, SEA 21

Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still winless and sit at (0-8). With a rookie starting quarterback and running back the team is very young and hurt by injuries. No Doug Martin, no Mike Williams leaving Mike James at running back and Tiquan Underwood as their No. 2 wide receiver. This game could go much like the game against the Jaguars did and the Niners have no problem coming away with a victory in week 15.

Final Score: SF 38, TB 17

Week 16: vs Atlanta Falcons

Another surprise this season has been the play of the Atlanta Falcons. They are currently (2-6) and more or less out of the playoff picture. The injuries have hurt Atlanta a lot this season. Roddy White has already missed a couple games and was not himself before then. Julio Jones is out for the year and the offensive line is not giving Matt Ryan time in the pocket. With that said however, this has the makings of a game where the Falcons won't have a chance to make the playoffs but will play to beat a good team like the Niners. With White back and possible improved offensive line Atlanta will give the Niners a true late season test as they prepare themselves for the playoffs.

Final Score: SF 33, ATL 31

Week 17: at Arizona Cardinals

Depending on the record of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers this game will either consists of starters or of Colt McCoy and the gang. Being the last week of the season the Niners, as most teams, will already know their playoff fate. There would be no use to run out guys like Frank Gore or Colin Kaepernick if your playoff spot is already set in stone. Looking at the rest of the way schedule for Seatlle however, makes it seem like the Niners will want to get this win and clinch the NFC West division race along with home field advantage for the playoffs.

Final Score: SF 27, ARI 13

Looking back at the score predictions it seems that the Niners should finish 13-3, which may seem a little bold but hey, it could likely happen. At 13-3 the Niners would need the Seahawks to lose at least two more games with one of those losses coming from San Francisco. Even then the tiebreaker could get a little funky, but until the games are played we won't know what happens.

Which is why...take it away Herm...why we play the game!

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