The 2022 49ers schedule was revealed today, and Niner Noise explores the five toughest opposing defenses they’ll face this season.
In some ways, it’s odd to be overly excited about the San Francisco 49ers’ schedule for the upcoming season.After all, we already know which teams will they play this season. We’re just not sure about the exact time.
At least not for a few more hours.
The 2022 NFL schedule kicks off on Thursday, May 12th at 8pm ET, so the main reason it’s so exciting may be that we can finally plan our calendar for the fall and early winter, ready to buy home tickets at Levi’s Stadium or even Plan a road trip with one of the teams on the 49ers schedule, which involves some travel.
There’s no shortage of NFL schedule-related content over the next few days, but let’s narrow down the conversation a bit to focus on some of the tougher defenses San Francisco will face this season.
Notably, based on last year’s win-loss ratio, the Niners are tied for the fifth-toughest schedule in the league in 2022 at .533. The 49ers’ NFC Western Division rival and Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams have the toughest game at .567.
While there’s no perfect way to quantify it, here’s our list of the top five opponent defenses on the 49ers’ schedule this season.
49ers 2022 schedule: Best defensive No. 5 Denver Broncos
No other conference in the league this year has more weapons in stock than the FA West, and the Denver Broncos are in Adds former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson In a blockbuster, then cleared some former Niners in nose tackle DJ Jones and cornerback K’Waun Williams.
The NFL draft addition of EDGE Nik Bonitto should bolster the depth behind putative starting pass rushers Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory.While Gregory didn’t quite accumulate sack totals over the course of his career, boasting only 16.5 in 50 career games, he didn’t have to. That rascal.
San Francisco already knows the strengths and weaknesses of Jones and Williams, but expects Denver to make significant progress in the middle school with the help of second-year cornerback Patrick Sultan II, who can build from his promising rookie year Take a giant leap.
Of course, the head coaching change from Vic Fangio to Nathaniel Hackett created some uncertainty, even for the Broncos defense, which ranked third in scoring (322 points allowed) a year ago, despite being unable to move the ball on offense.
However, if Denver gets more additions from Wilson and Co., its defense should be stronger, which would make the 49ers’ road game tougher.