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Week 16 is finally here! Last week saw some crazy games happening around the league, and even the Thursday game got pretty crazy! This week the 49ers have a tough challenge with the home finale against the Chicago Bears! How do we think the game will go? Read on and find out!
Well, despite however you may feel about the draft positions, beating the Seahawks was definitely fun. Unfortunately, I think the fun comes to an end here. Chicago's defense is so good. Think of me fondly while I celebrate Christmas on Sunday with my Bear-loving father-in-law. The bragging rights were fun while they lasted.
PREDICTION: Chicago 21, San Francisco 10
Don’t look now, but the 49ers are ruining their draft position one game at a time. The 49ers, winners of their last two and three of their last six, take on the NFC North Champion Chicago Bears at Levi’s this week. Chicago boasts the number one defense in the NFL and lead the league in take ways with 35, on the other end of the spectrum is the 49ers, who have forced a lead low 5 turnovers. Kyle Shanahan is 7-1 in December as a head coach, George Kittle has an outside shot at the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a season, and Nick Mullens is balling over the last 2 weeks. Can former 49er defensive coordinator Vic Fangio bring Chicago’s defense into Levi’s and slow down the 49ers? I think so, but I think it’ll be closer then Vegas thinks.
PREDICTION: Bears 24 49ers 21
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The Monsters of the Midway make their way to Levi's Stadium and face the surging 49ers who are riding high after a 2-game winning streak. Early in the first quarter, quarterback Nick Mullens is subjected to a number of "Mack Attacks" from the Bears' star pass-rusher Khalil Mack. The Bears take a 14-0 lead to the locker room at the half. But the Niners refuse to back down, and Mullens and rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis connect for a couple of late second half touchdowns. After a key sack by DeForest Buckner, Mullens and the offense get the ball back with 2:50 left to go in the game. And once again kicker Robbie Gould hits a walk-off 40 yard field goal against his former team to clinch the third straight victory for this surging Niners team!
PREDICTION: SF 17 CHI 14
Each time I pick the 49ers to lose, the team grinds out a win.
Therefore, to ruin the pointless hopes and dreams of a high draft pick, I believe the 49ers will lose this week's game against the Chicago Bears.
Moreover, I believe the Bears will blow out the 49ers, and the fan base will once again grasp onto a draft pick to save the franchise from the cold depths of hell.
PREDICTION: Chicago: 35 San Francisco: 14
Here we go again; the 49ers have strung together a couple of wins at the tail end of what is otherwise a lost season. This week the new Monsters of the Midway are coming to town to take on the 49ers. The Bears are playing for at least the number 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and should keep them from having a letdown. The 49ers are playing arguably the best football they have played this year in all 3 phases, but it will not be enough in this one.
PREDICTION: Bears 23 49ers 20
“We won a game yesterday, if we win one today that's two in a row. If we win one tomorrow that's called a winning streak. It has happened before.” -Lou Brown, Major League II
While the great Lou Brown was talking about baseball, the same sentiment translates to the 49ers. They’ve won back-to-back games for the first time since last season. But now the Monsters of the Midway bring their tenacious defense to Santa Clara still fighting to get the second seed in the NFC. The Bears have a penchant for playing to their competition and I don’t believe Sunday will be any different. The game will be closer than anticipated and I’ve predicted wins the last two weeks. I’m going to ride the wave. Mullens outplays Trubisky and the 49ers defense can keep it low scoring enough to get the W.
PREDICTION: 49ers 16, Bears 13
Since Week 10, I’ve been 1-4 in predictions with this 49ers team. It’s safe to say that I’ve underestimated their will to win against better foes. But, then again, with rookies really stepping it up late into the season and Nick Mullens doing an exceptional job as a third-string rookie quarterback, I think San Francisco has surprised more people than just myself. That being said, going into Week 16’s tricky matchup with the Bears, my gut is telling me that the 49ers are not going to squeak this one out against the NFC North Division champs who have won seven of their last eight (including wins against the Rams and Packers), have five Pro Bowlers (7 alternates) and exhibit a confidence and chemistry to match their surprising success this season. Nick Mullens has not faced a defense like this before and Kittle will likely be held down a bit more than he’s used to. On the other side of the football, the 49ers do have a chance to expose Chicago’s inability to win big on the road and can target their average offense behind second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky who is still developing and growing. So, ultimately, this game to me will come down to how well the 49ers defense plays (which has been doing well as of late) and how much they can limit the Bears’ offense. If they can keep this game close, it could give the 49ers a chance to get their third upset in a row. If they don’t contain the Bears offense, Nick Mullens has got to play his best game of the season and the Niners must not turn the football over. Remember, Chicago is first in takeaways in the league this season. They have 35 (26 interceptions + 9 fumbles) versus San Francisco’s measly 5 (2 interceptions + 3 fumbles). Ouch. Will the Niners be efficient with the football in this game, or will the turnover monster rear its ugly head again? I fear this could be the case on Sunday, enough to give Chicago the edge.
PREDICTION: Bears 27, 49ers 20
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