2014 Predictions: San Francisco 49ers

September, 2, 2014
ESPN.com San Francisco 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys

The 49ers' offense sleepwalked through most of the preseason as it worked out its kinks. Opening against the league's worst defense from a year ago should help with the fix. Prediction: Win

Week 2: Chicago Bears

A nationally televised night game to officially christen and present $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium will also do wonders for the 49ers' offense. The big question then is how the new sod reacts. Prediction: Win

Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals

A 2-0 start may be a recipe for a letdown, and the Cardinals will only be too happy to oblige. Even with DT Darnell Dockett lost for the year. Prediction: Loss

Week 4: Philadelphia Eagles

The 49ers rebound quickly from their first loss and respond angrily against the Eagles at home. Poor Nick Foles. Prediction: Win

Week 5: Kansas City Chiefs

Welcome to the house you helped build, Alex Smith. Kinda. Now, go ahead and get outta town. Prediction: Win

Week 6: at St. Louis Rams

There is always a game a team loses that it should win. On Monday night, against an ancient rival that is without its starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, this is the one. Prediction: Loss

Week 7: at Denver Broncos

Panic time? Peyton Manning picks apart the 49ers' secondary with aplomb and visions of that 34-0 exhibition victory by Denver don't seem so deviant. Prediction: Loss

Week 9: St. Louis Rams

Payback isn't just a James Brown classic. The bye came at a perfect time to regroup and refit. Prediction: Win

Week 10: at New Orleans Saints

The Saints are a different team at home. And simply too much on offense. Prediction: Loss

Week 11: at New York Giants

Another long roadie -- their fourth road game in six weeks -- proves to be more bountiful than their previous three. Eli Manning keeps throwing passes, and the 49ers keep picking them off. Prediction: Win

Week 12: Washington Redskins

The feel-good win in New Jersey gets the guys' minds right in Santa Clara. Which is bad news for the folks who play in Landover, Maryland. Prediction: Win

Week 13: Seattle Seahawks

The 49ers have had this one circled since April. And, yes, at home, they have Seahawk for Thanksgiving dinner. Prediction: Win

Week 14: at Oakland Raiders

They had to cancel the preseason series between these two Bay Area rivals because of fan violence in San Francisco. So what happens on Pearl Harbor Day in Oakland? Raiders give Niners a scare. Prediction: Win

Week 15: at Seattle Seahawks

Seattle has not been a nice place for the Niners, who have lost their past three games at CenturyLink Field by a combined score of 94-33. Make it four straight. Prediction: Loss

Week 16: San Diego Chargers

By this time, it will have been almost four months since the Chargers' first-team defense abused the Niners' starters on offense and Philip Rivers shredded the 49ers' first-team defense. These will be different teams now, right? Prediction: Win

Week 17: Arizona Cardinals

The 49ers will be in full stride now, either trying to wrap up the NFC West or a wild-card spot. At home, they are simply too much for the much-improved Cardinals to close out the regular season. Prediction: Win

Predicted Record: 11-5 

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter



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