2020 San Francisco 49ers Season Review
The San Francisco 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl in 2019, and big things were expected in 2020. Unfortunately, that was not the case for San Francisco, as the team finished with an overall record of just 6-10.
The 49ers actually finished in last place in the NFC West a season ago, and this team appeared to take a step in the wrong direction. Injuries did play a role in 2020, and the team is looking to be more fortunate this season.
2021 49ers Offseason Additions
The 49ers selected Trey Lance with the number 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and that move could impact the team in 2021. Other than the draft, the 49ers did not make many big moves in free agency during the offseason.
Center Alex Mack will be coming to San Francisco from Atlanta, and that could help improve the offensive line.
2021 49ers Offseason Departures
San Francisco saw a number of starters leave the team this offseason, and that is going to create some massive holes. Wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Marquise Goodwin have both moved on, and that is going to take away some playmaking ability.
Defensive end Kerry Hyder and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon are both no longer with the team, and that is going to hurt the defense.
Three Key Factors to a Winning Season
Health is a key to every team in the NFL each season, but this will be a big factor for San Francisco in 2021. The injury bug hit the 49ers hard a season ago, and it completely derailed the team on both sides of the ball.
Running the Football
When the 49ers are playing good football, they are running the ball with plenty of success. San Francisco does have a solid passing attack as well, but everything starts when they are able to establish the running game.
Winning NFC West Games
The NFC West is going to be extremely competitive this season, and winning divisional games is going to be a key for the 49ers. San Francisco struggled to beat the NFC West teams a season ago, and that has to change if they want to be a playoff team in 2021.
Rating Their Schedule
The San Francisco 49ers don’t have an extremely challenging schedule in 2021, and that is one benefit of struggling a season ago. San Francisco will play each team from the NFC North and AFC South this season, and those two divisions are not that strong.
The 49ers host Seattle in Week 4 and then visit Arizona in Week 5, and those will be two early tests in 2021. A Week 16 matchup in Tennessee against the Titans will prove to be another difficult game.
Expectations in 2021
The 49ers are not going to finish in last place in the NFC West this season, but they also aren’t going to win the division. The Seahawks and Rams are both better teams, and that is going to make things difficult in San Francisco.
Look for the 49ers to win 10 games this season, but that is not going to be enough to pass up the Rams and Seahawks. A Wild Card berth in the NFL Playoffs is a possibility, but that is going to take some good fortune.