The San Francisco 49ers are the hardest team in the NFL to prepare for, even before they added a mobile young quarterback to the mix that throws a pretty pass. The 49ers can beat you in the most different ways.
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Like I wrote last week, there isn't some huge gap between the top team on our list and the 10th. There are no huge Super Bowl favorites. The 49ers head to New Orleans this week to face that 10th team (New Orleans) and it wouldn't shock me in the least if the Saints pulled off the win. The 49ers are not a perfect team and their defense hasn't been as consistently dominant this year. I wouldn't rule out the Seahawks winning the NFC West just because the 49ers have a lot of tough games left.
But on a neutral field, for one game, the 49ers are the team I'd roll with above the rest. There will be a familiar-looking playoff field this year. We'll probably have nine teams from a year ago make the field again. It will be a wide open tournament, but the 49ers have the pieces to take the next step.
Don't agree with the Broncos being ahead of the Falcons, but all the other teams would scare the shite out of me to have to face.