The NFL introducing a 17th game to the frequent year routine appears imminent, and if this claimed formula holds legitimate, the 49ers will be adding a day against a previous No. 1 over-all draft decide on to the 2021 schedule.
NBC Sports’ Peter King claimed in early March that the league experienced made a decision an interesting formula among a quantity of possibilities. “The method that prevailed—follow me now—was AFC compared to NFC, cross-convention matchup from two yrs back, 2021 matchup based mostly on 2020 standings,” King wrote.
Cross-conference matchups in the NFL are done by division. The 49ers and the relaxation of the NFC West took on the entirety of the AFC North in 2019: the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
So with the 49ers finishing past in the NFC West in 2020 with a 6-10 history, that sets them up for a matchup with the Bengals in accordance to King’s reporting. The 3rd-area Arizona Cardinals would enjoy the Browns, the Los Angeles Rams would confront the Ravens and the Seattle Seahawks would deal with their division-winning counterpart Steelers.
Listed here is a complete breakdown of the potential matchups in the 17th recreation by King’s method.
The league is expected to vote on the addition to the plan this 7 days, ESPN’s Adam Schefter claimed Sunday. The NFL probably would regulate to just 3 preseason online games in get to prevent two extra weeks to the period.
The 49ers cruised to a 41-17 win at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 2 of the 2019 season, as Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 296 yards and 3 touchdowns. Cincinnati finished with the league’s worst file (2-14) that calendar year and drafted Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow with the first overall decide on.
The Bengals may well not be the only workforce with a different QB underneath heart if this matchup comes to fruition following period, as the 49ers’ trade to move up to the No. 3 over-all decide on in the 2021 NFL Draft appears to ensure the team’s curiosity in bringing in a new franchise QB.
The 49ers reportedly usually are not fascinated in investing Garoppolo, and may have him keep on being the starter in 2021 and enable the rookie they choose in late April to build and discover mentor Kyle Shanahan’s schemes.
Cincinnati finished 4-11-1 in 2020, but did drop Burrow 10 game titles into his rookie year to a knee damage.
The 49ers’ cross-conference matchups already confirmed in 2021 occur from the AFC South, so the Bengals would be added to online games in opposition to the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
We’ll see this 7 days whether or not the vote without a doubt goes by and the activity is included to the 49ers’ 2021 slate, but we could see a matchup of extremely latest best-5 draft decide quarterbacks.