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San Francisco 49ers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Prediction

By Marky Billson, 11 months 2 weeks ago
If there's something even more distressing than the porous Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary that came out of their 28-21 loss to New England on Sept. 10, it might be the way they handled the defeat. The focus of the Steelers after the game seemed to be more with alleged tampered headsets than their own play. Even if this caused a breakdown in the secondary when Tom Brady connected...

Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers Preview and Prediction

By Jason Hall, 11 months 3 weeks ago
The San Francisco 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings in the late matchup of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" doubleheader to conclude Week 1. Minnesota is coming off a 7-9 record and third-place NFC North finish in 2014. But the team expects to improve in Year Two of the Mike Zimmer regime with second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a talented defense and...

NFL Scouts Talk Anonymously About NFC West Teams

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 1 week ago
The NFC West is poised for another great year, as the Seahawks will once again begin as the presumed favorites. Meanwhile, the Cardinals and the Rams appear to be capable of contending, while there are plenty of unknowns when it comes to the 49ers. The Cardinals might have the best chance to take down the Seahawks, especially if Carson Palmer can play a full season. However, the Rams seem...

Answering the NFC West's Biggest Questions in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 year 3 weeks ago
NFL training camps are in full swing across the nation, signaling the official return of pro football. Athlon Sports is going division by division, asking and (trying to) answering the biggest question for every team in the league entering the 2015 season. AFC's Biggest Questions: East | North | South | WestNFC's Biggest Questions: East | North | South | West...

Examining the Over/Under 2015 Win Totals for the NFC West

By Matt Josephs, 1 year 1 month ago
One of the best races in the NFL will occur in the NFC West. The defending NFC champs are there in Seattle with Arizona and St. Louis nipping at their heels. San Francisco is a bit of an enigma especially after their odd offseason which saw several players retire out of the blue. Much like I did with the college football win totals, I will break down the schedules in terms of home and road...

2015 NFL Training Camp Dates and Locations

By Mark Ross, 1 year 1 month ago
The New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions and won't officially open defense of their title until Sept. 10 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off the 2015 NFL regular season. However, the real work for Bill Belichick's team begins July 23 when rookies report to training camp in Foxborough, Mass.   Baltimore, Cleveland and New Orleans get...

San Francisco 49ers 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 2 months ago
After leading the 49ers to the NFC title game three times and the Super Bowl once in his first three years, Jim Harbaugh saw his reign in San Francisco end with a tumultuous, dysfunctional 8–8 season. Harbaugh says he was pushed out by 49ers owner Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke. The team claims there was a “mutual” decision to part ways. The bottom line is the 49ers...

NFC West Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015

By Josh Hamburger, 1 year 2 months ago
The NFC West managed to be a strong division last year, even with the 49ers disappointing and only going 8-8. This division has many strengths, however, with plenty of potential to send multiple teams to the playoffs once again. There should definitely be some late-season drama as teams jockey for postseason positioning. Related: NFC North Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015...

49ers ship P Lee to Browns

By The Sports Network, 1 year 2 months ago
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns acquired four-time All- Pro punter Andy Lee Saturday in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Cleveland will send the rebuilding 49ers an undisclosed draft choice, which NFL.com reported to be a 2017 seventh-round pick, in exchange for Lee, who set a league record with a 44.0-yard net punting average in 2011 and was named an All-Pro four...

49ers ship P Lee to Browns

By The Sports Network, 1 year 2 months ago
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns acquired four-time All- Pro punter Andy Lee Saturday in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Cleveland will send the rebuilding 49ers an undisclosed draft choice, which NFL.com reported to be a 2017 seventh-round pick, in exchange for Lee, who set a league record with a 44.0-yard net punting average in 2011 and was named an All-Pro four...