Former San Francisco 49ers running back Roger Craig told AOL’s Fanhouse, via Pro Football Talk, that the 49ers are poised to annihilate the NFC West this year.
Asa crazy as the prediction sounds Craig could actually be right.
Last year the 49ers recorded an 8-8 season, but five of those losses were four points or less, which means like Craig said, “They should have beaten Minnesota (Week 3; 27-24 loss; Brett Favre led his 40th game-winning comeback drive), they should have beaten the Colts (Week 8; 18-14 loss; Joseph Addai threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne), they should have beaten the Texans (Week 7; 24-21 loss; backup quarterback Alex Smith intercepted by Texans free safety Eugene Williams with 36 seconds remaining), they should have beaten Seattle (Week 13; 20-17 loss; Smith passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns, Seahawks kicked the game-winning field goal).
The 49ers did go out and add wide receiver Tedd Ginn Jr. and with the emergence of quarterback Alex Smith as a legitimate starter should at least pave the way to a division championship.
In the end, the only thing that could possibly get in the 49ers way of returning to the playoffs is the Arizona Cardinals if quarterback Matt Leinart emerges as a legitimate starter as well.