The Bleacher Report has had the San Francisco 49ers ranked as the top team in the NFC and NFL throughout the pre-season. But in today's final release before the opening of the regular season, they have mysteriously dropped the team to #3 behind the Packers and the Patriots.
Bleacher Report Mysteriously Drops Niners to #3
by Dan Shafer •
I don't necessarily disagree with the final ranking. If anything it may be too optimistic. But when you go through the pre-season singing the praises of the Niners and then wimp out to the favorites everyone else is picking before the first real kickoff, that requires an explanation. And Matt Miller absolutely takes a swan dive on that score. After admitting that the sudden change of heart required an explanation, the best Miller can muster is a lame, "This isn't a knee-jerk reaction to the preseason, but more so a recalibration based on the entire offseason. The 49ers were great in 2011, and they were one play away from a Super Bowl berth; but expecting the same level of dominance this year may be unrealistic."
What wishy-washy mealy-mouthing.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Niners will go 12-4 or 11-5 this season, win their conference easily, and almost certainly make it to the NFC finals where they'll probably meet Green Bay. It's too early to call that one, but I won't be shocked if the Niners make it to the Big Show.