Last time we left off, the 49ers were at a 1-3 record in their first four games. It isn’t the best of starts, but the Dolphins made it to the playoffs last year after going 1-4. So really, anything is possible like Kevin Garnett said.
Here are the next four games, predicted by yours truly.
Week Five: at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are a team destined for big things in 2017. With an offense led by one of the cornerstones of the NFL, this is a team that can get into the playoffs.
One part of the Colts’ game is their liability on defense. It’s what Shanahan wants to expose early on with the running game. He has both Hyde and Williams running rampant on the Colts.
However, one area that is still up in the air about the 49ers is their battle with former 49er, Frank Gore. It’s Gore’s first game against the 49ers, and he’s looking to show why he’s a future Hall of Famer much like his days in San Francisco.
With a few tough runs by the veteran and some impressive pocket presence by the former first overall pick, Andrew Luck, the Colts pull away with a close win.
Week Six: at Washington Redskins
The storylines are all over the place on Cousins going into free agency. The Redskins are having an average season, and are at the bottom of their division.
All the signs point to Cousins going to the Bay Area for the biggest contract in NFL history. However, this is the game where he shows his future team what he can provide for them.
Cousins tries to expose the 49ers early with many quick strikes to Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder. He looks Manning-esque with the constant attacking of the secondary. But a few mistakes will cost him with his hubris and willingness to try to impress.
The 49ers take advantage of good field position and turnovers and win convincingly.
Week Seven: vs. Dallas Cowboys
The 49ers return to Santa Clara after a three-game road trip. It’s been an exhausting season for the 49ers already, who are at 2-4.
The Sunday afternoon game against Dallas seems like a daunting task for the 49ers club as the Cowboys are continuing their dominance from the previous season.
The Cowboys’ offense starts the attack early with the backfield attack of Prescott and Elliott. They utilize the read option, but the 49ers adjust by using Eric Reid as the spy on Dak. There begins to be a cautious game play on the Cowboys’ offensive part, and the team falls back on their defense.
The Cowboys get after Brian Hoyer early and often forcing Shanahan to use the run game.
The game goes into overtime at 23-23, and the Cowboys end it with a passing touchdown to Cole Beasley.
Week Eight: at Philadelphia Eagles
The 49ers are in their third straight game against an NFC East opponent. The San Francisco team is hoping for a much better outcome much like the game against the Redskins.
However, it starts on a wrong note with Carson Wentz hitting Torrey Smith early for a touchdown. The 49ers begin to regroup and attempt to answer back on offense.
With the passing attack working this time and the combination of a strong rushing game, the 49ers stay in the game with the Eagles. It comes down to the final drive for Philly’s offense as they trail by two. The last play has Wentz rolling out and overthrowing his target and Jimmie Ward picking it off.
The 49ers are a respectable 3-5 at the midway point of the season.