Can the San Francisco 49ers Make the Playoffs? Owner Predicts Division Win

James BrownSenior Analyst IOctober 11, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Juqua Parker #75 of the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The 49ers are just one of three winless teams left in the NFL. They were preseason favorites to win the NFC West, and online sportsbook BetMania had them at 2-1 to win the West. Since the losing streak, the odds have jumped to 6 to 1 to win the NFC West. According to Jed York, the owner of the 49ers, the team is still going to win the division.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he received a text from York and it simply said, “We’re going to win the division”

If anyone has watched the 49ers this year, you may think differently. They have yet to win a game this year, and last night against the Eagles, they seemed to give away every chance they had at winning. Alex Smith was the target of frustration for the 49ers fans after fumbling away a drive that was turned into six points for the Eagles.

Every time Smith walked on to the field he was mercifully booed, and head coach Mike Singletary had decided to pull him. As backup David Carr stepped on the field, Smith convinced Singletary to give him one more chance.

To his credit, Smith led the 49ers on two touchdown drives that quieted the crowd. Smith had a chance to win it late, but after heavy pressure, he threw an interception and the 49ers lost for the fifth time this year.

So, the question remains: Can the 49ers still win the division?

It actually could look a lot worse. The division is not a runaway by any means, as the Arizona Cardinals currently own the top spot with a 3-2 record. They have already faced the hard part of their schedule and only lost one division game. They still have a pair of games each with the Rams and the Cardinals in division and could still make up plenty of ground.


The rest of the schedule is not that intimidating, as they still have games against Oakland, Carolina, Denver, and Tampa Bay.

It is obvious that the team owner is going to be optimistic about the season. The reality of it all is that if the 49ers do not run it around, it could be the end of Alex Smith and Mike Singletary.

The 49ers offense has plenty of weapons but is not getting it done. The defense ranks in the lower portion of the league against the run and the pass and has to play better if they want to string some wins together.

Alex Smith was named starter for this week’s game against the Raiders, but if he does not notch the first win of the season, it could be all over for Smith, Singletary, and the 49ers season.

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