NFL 2010 Preview: San Francisco 49ers

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Mike Singletary’s 49ers have the talent to be the class of the NFC West. Al Dannity likes San Francisco’s chances of making the playoffs.

Off-season changes San Francisco might have hit the jackpot with its draft. When it comes to addressing need, few franchises took a more aggressive approach in the draft. Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis and Idaho guard Mike Iupati are immediate upgrades to the 49ers offensive line. Iupati in particular will prove critical to the 49ers run game where he should open up big holes for Frank Gore and Glen Coffee. The secondary also got a massive boost with Taylor Mays stepping in at safety.

Outside of the draft Ted Ginn Jr joined from the Dolphins in the spring. Ginn adds depth to San Francisco’s receiving corps and upgrades its return game.

Mark your calendar While the visit of New Orleans in week 2 will generate the most media hype, NFL betting fans should pay more attention to how the 49ers perform at Seattle in week 1 and Atlanta in week 4. These two games will give a good idea of what tone to expect from the San Francisco offense this season. If Mike Singletary can establish a run-first approach in competitive games like these then the 49ers have a chance to go far in 2010.

The 49ers take their show to London in week 8 where the rebuilding Broncos will present an interesting challenge. The loss of a true home game from the 49ers schedule could prove damaging to San Francisco’s playoff ambitions. The week 12 trip to Arizona and return game in Candlestick Park in week 17 will likely decide the fate of the NFC West in 2010.

The verdict San Francisco inherited the role of cool outside bet from Arizona around two years ago and it’s about time the 49ers stepped up. Collectively the defense is a force that can hang with any NFL offense while there is only one gaping hole left on offense. Unfortunately that hole is at quarterback. San Francisco’s starter, Alex Smith. and back-up, David Carr, have both been busts in the NFL to date.

As luck would have it the rest of the NFC West is experiencing the same problem. Seattle has trouble keeping Matt Hasselbeck healthy, Arizona has waved goodbye to Kurt Warner, and St. Louis has a rookie Sam Bradford as its best option. The 49ers are comparatively in good shape up against to the rest of the division. I like San Francisco to win the NFC West at -111 with Sports Interaction.