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Kurtenbach: The 49ers’ 2024 schedule is out, so let’s make some reckless predictions


The 49ers have been done no favors by the NFL scheduling computers. Just another reason to hate the machines.

Sure, the defending NFC Champions will be given an easy enough entry into the season, but the team’s November and December are poised to be brutal, with eight of the team’s final 10 games coming against playoff teams last season.

Shake off those Super Bowl hangovers early, gang — any early loss could prove fatal to the team’s bid to return to the Big Game.

Here’s a quick thought on the 49ers’ 17 games and a way-too-early, please-don’t-hold-me-to-this prediction on each contest:

Week 1: Jets [Monday Night Football]

This game is a cruel joke on Aaron Rodgers, who tore his Achilles tendon in last season’s Monday Night Football opener. It couldn’t happen to a nicer, saner guy!

Prediction: Win (1-0); We’re fast approaching the return of Robert Saleh to the Bay

Week 2: at Minnesota

The Vikings could be a good team this upcoming season, but they’re going to be working through some things at the beginning of the season. Will the Vikes go with Sam Darnold or JJ McCarthy at quarterback? Who knows. Either way, the Niners should try to make them see ghosts.

Prediction: Win (2-0); Don’t be surprised if you see them again, though

Week 3: at Rams

An early test for the Niners — the Rams should be the real deal this season. I know the Niners like to treat September like the preseason, but, folks, the season really starts here.

Prediction: Loss (2-1); But one of those losses you don’t worry about too much at the moment

Week 4: New England

Ok, now you can go back to preseason mode.

Prediction: Win (3-1); the Pats are going to be quite awful, folks

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Week 5: Arizona

The Niners should be looking pretty good at this point. Given what’s to come on the schedule, they better be.

Prediction: Win (4-1); but the kind you feel bad about — the Arizona specialty

Week 6: at Seattle [Thursday Night Football]

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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