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Week 17 is finally here! Last week saw some crazy games happening around the league! This week the 49ers have a tough challenge with the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams! How do we think the game will go? Read on and find out!
Zach Pratt (@Mezachp) (10-5)
It's week 17, and the Rams won't be resting their starters this year. Todd Gurley may not play as much as the Rams would like, but the Rams need this game for a first-round bye. The 49ers will put up a fight, but it won't be enough this year. Thnks fr th Mmrs.
PREDICTION: Los Angeles 31, San Francisco 21
Will Cuberos (@wcuberos) (7-8)
2018 is winding to a close, unfortunately for 49er fans it’s with more of a whimper then a roar. The Niners head down to SoCal for their end of season match up with the Rams. It’s mostly a “B” squad for each team as many players of note will miss the game. The Rams still have a lot on the line as they still have yet to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs. That little bit should help the 49ers draft position. With something to play for its unlikely Sean McVay sits many starters unlike last season, and with the 49ers lacking talent on the offensive side of the ball due to injuries, its less likely that the 49ers call pull out a win on Sunday. The Rams are currently a 10.5 point favorite even without Todd Gurley, and I think that’s a gracious line. I think the 49ers drop the game to finish at 4-12 and solidify the second pick in the 2019 draft.
PREDICTION: Rams 24 49ers 13
Max Carlson (@MrFrizzleFry) (9-3-3)
No Todd Gurley. Will that affect the outcome of this game? I don’t think so. The 49ers are banged up as well. And while they’ve been playing good football lately and the Rams haven’t been, the fact of the matter is that Shanahan simply isn’t equipped with enough talent to beat Sean McVay right now. I don’t think the 49ers get blown out, but I don’t see them finishing this season with a victory. Next season can’t come soon enough.
PREDICTION: LAR 32 SF 24
Safa Shoostry, "The Armchair Quarterback" (@RealArmchairQB) (1-1)
This week 17 matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers has mega implications for the NFL, not just for this season’s playoffs and draft order, but for the annals of history. George Kittle of the 49ers needs 100 yards receiving to break the single season record for tight ends set by Rob Gronkowski in 2011. Look for head coach Kyle Shanahan to go to him frequently with plays drawn up specifically for him, and quarterback Nick Mullens to hit him on check downs as well. Kyle Shanahan will look to get Kittle that 100 plus the extra 5 yards that he was short of in breaking the single game record set by Shannon Sharpe. Kittle breaks the record and finishes the game with 105 yards receiving.
Aaron Donald of the Rams on the other hand needs 3.5 sacks (or 4 for a nice round number!) to break Michael Strahan’s single season sack record set in 2001. The 49ers absolutely do not want to want to be the team that is on the wrong side of history with that. They will do everything they can to prevent that record from being broken against them. Donald finishes with 2.5 sacks and falls just short of the record.
The Rams also have control of their own destiny, a win gives them a first round bye in the playoffs. This game has big implications for them. Meanwhile in Seattle, the other NFC West teams duke it out. The Arizona Cardinals not wanting to fall to their division rival Seattle Seahawks will put the throttle on and pull out a victory to close the season. This scenario meaning the 49ers would have the rights to the number one overall draft pick with a loss. The Rams win and get their sought after first round bye, and the 49ers lose and get the chance to pick first in the 2019 NFL draft. Win-win for everyone right?
PREDICTION: SF 17 LAR 28
Bret Rumbeck (@brumbeck) (7-8)
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes again
- Morrison, J.
The late Jim Morrison would never know how his sad song 'The End' would match up with the 2018 San Francisco 49ers' season.
All the elaborate plans... crushed by shredded knee ligaments, shattered bones and a lack of roster depth.
Of everything that stands... One upside! The 49ers finally beat Seattle and embarrassed the Raiders on national television. Also, Jimmy Garoppolo has been seen standing on the sidelines again.
No safety or surprise... Adrian Colbert, Jaquiski Tartt, and Jimmie Ward all ended up on IR. Ward getting hurt (again) was no surprise, but Colbert and Tartt also going down felt like salt poured into a deeply wounded secondary.
I'll never look into your eyes... Well, we might look back at the 2018 season as a turning point for the Shanahan-led 49ers. This season could be the foundation the team needed to return to relevancy.
Anyway, the 49ers will not beat the Rams on Sunday, but with running back Todd Gurley watching from the sidelines, the 49ers will keep the game close.
PREDICTION: LA Rams: 24 San Francisco 49ers: 21
Matt Woolsey (@AresGodFF) (7-7-1)
Football: the final frontier. These are the games of the San Francisco 49ers. Its five-year mission: to rebuild the new empire. To seek out new Super Bowls and new championships. To boldly go where they haven't gone in a long time!
Unfortunately that time will have to wait because we are still in the middle of the rebuild and the hell known as 2018 comes to a close on Sunday vs the Rams. I will say though as crappy as the season has been the 49ers have impressed as of late and even though I think the Rams will win, I feel like it will be close.
PREDICTION: Rams win 28-24
Travis Hawkins (@TDHawk21) (9-6)
For the second consecutive season the 49ers will play their final game against the Rams in Los Angeles. Unlike 2017, the 49ers are not riding a winning streak and the Rams would clinch the number 2 seed in the NFC playoffs with a win. The Rams have sputtered a bit recently going 2-2 in their last 4 games and will look to regain some momentum before heading in to the playoffs by winning this one going away.
PREDICTION: Rams 31 49ers 17
Travis Rapp (@Coach_RappCity) (10-5-1)
49ers end the season the way they started it, with a loss. Even with the Rams playing without key players, the 49ers young roster can’t keep up with the Rams athleticism. Stat of the day though, Buckner records more sacks than The Rams’ defense.
PREDICTION: 49ers lose 17-27
Matthew Barr (@MattBarr_) (8-6-1)
Another year, another date with the Rams in Week 17. This time the Rams won’t be sitting their starters. They are playing for a first round bye. The 49ers benefit from that. A loss guarantees them the 2nd overall pick. It’ll be closer than the first matchup but Rams still roll.
PREDICTION: Rams 27, 49ers 16
Shelly Holt (@HoltBlogSports) (10-5)
Assuming the Rams don’t rest their starters and work hard to sew up the first-round bye for the NFC playoffs, they should win the last regular season game at the Coliseum on Sunday. San Francisco may be playing for pride, but they are clearly the inferior team and will be without Breida, Pettis, Celek & Goodwin. Of course, we can never count the Niners out late into the season in the Shanahan era, especially when third-string quarterback plays (a man who does not have the word “quit” in his lexicon.) And, we may expect to see a special day out of Kendrick Bourne, a dependable wide receiver with good hands. The 49ers will likely put up a good fight against Los Angeles who crushed them earlier in the season. I just don’t think it will be enough. San Fran should secure a top-five draft pick with this loss. If they don’t, it’ll be a great upset for the organization going into the off-season. That would be mean one hell of a celebration in the locker room post-game, something the fans would love to see.
PREDICTION: Rams 27, 49ers 20
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