The 2015 NFL season is finally upon us. Fittingly, the 49ers and Vikings will be the last teams to play on the opening weekend, scheduled for the late game of a Monday Night football doubleheader.
Jim Harbaugh never lost an opening game during his four year tenure, so new coach Jim Tomsula will be trying to avoid the indignity of not only losing the first game of the year, but also the first game of his Head Coaching career. Since Tomsula got the job by being a locker room rat and a front office stooge, he does not deserve to be HC of the 49ers and will get no good luck wishes from the Outsider.
The opening game against Minnesota is as close as it will get this year to a MUST WIN GAME. When an 8-8 season is the best a fan can hope for, there’s really no such thing as a must win game. But a home loss to the Vikings could lead to an 0-6 start and the possibility of a complete team melt down by early October.
Vikings OC Norv Turner is still on my shit list for bailing on the Niners in March of 2007, effectively torpedoing the team for the following season. But it won’t bother me much if he dials up a game plan that torches us Monday night, because owner Jed York and GM Trent Baalke are even MORE on my shit list for their complete destruction of the team this past offseason.
The NFC West seems to have cornered the market on bad offensive lines this year. All four teams have lousy O-lines and great D-lines. We’re not going to see a lot of scoring in the division games. We might see some QBs get maimed pretty bad, though. The most vulnerable QBs are Arizona’s notoriously fragile Carson Palmer and the Rams’ Nick Foles.
All in all, Seattle still looks like the best team in the division, with the Rams and Cardinals duking it out for second banana, and the woeful Niners once again finding themselves in the basement. If you’ve used the offseason wisely and prepared for the team to suck this year, it should be enjoyable watching them do just that. If you’ve spent the offseason in denial and think this team has a chance to compete with the big boys, get ready for a long, thoroughly unenjoyable journey back to reality.