The San Francisco 49ers have been hit hard by injuries to start 2020. The defending NFC champions were without Richard Sherman (calf), Dee Ford (back), and George Kittle (MCL sprain) after Week 1. Then, Week 2 went full 2020 and took away Nick Bosa (ACL), Raheem Mostert (MCL), Jimmy Garappolo (ankle), Tevin Coleman (knee) and Solomon Thomas (ACL) after the Niners' 31-13 victory over the Jets. Guess what, Niner fans? You're playing on the same surface that took away your players for Week 3 again against the Giants. Ouch. With that being said, should Niner fans be worried?
Here are a couple reasons why they should be worried. One reason is the tough-as-nails NFC West division. The Niners are last in the NFC West, with the Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks all undefeated after two weeks. The division made moves to get better either now or for the long-term, which should worry Niner fans a bit. Another reason to be worried is that those injuries constitute over a FOURTH of San Francisco's starting lineup for the Super Bowl. That string of injuries could devastate a team for good before the season truly starts.
Now here's a couple reasons why the Niners should be fine. One, the schedule for the next month should be easy. You have games against the aforementioned Giants, who just lost Saquon Barkley to an ACL injury, the Dolphins, the struggling Eagles. The toughest game in the next four weeks will be at home versus the Rams. By that time, the Niners should have a good portion of those players back. That leads up to my other point: The Niners will play their tougher games later on. With two games against the Seahawks, a game against the Bills, the Patriots, the Saints, and the Cowboys, the Niners should have most of their players back by that time.
It's been a tough couple of days for Niners fans. It expects to be tougher waters to tread for them in the next month. But if everything breaks right in this light stretch, the Niners should be good to go for a playoff run.
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