Okay, two wins in nine tries. We can build on this! Maybe.
Nick Mullens will get a chance to prove or disprove that he was a one-shot wonder against the Raiders when he goes up against the free-falling New York Giants next Monday night. The Giants aren’t going anywhere this year except into the top five in next year’s draft, but it’s hard to fathom how they could be tanking the rest of the season worse than the epic disinterest displayed by the Raiders.
The Giants and 49ers have a lot of history between them and they now share the same fate. After dismissing proven winners Jim Harbaugh and Tom Coughlin, they’ve both skidded downward into the NFL basement.
After Monday night’s game, the 49ers don’t play again until November 25th. By that time, most of the 2018 drama might be over with. In the AFC, it looks like the Patriots, Texans, Steelers, Chiefs, and Chargers are playoff bound. That leaves one wild card entry up for grabs, probably some team from the AFC North.
The NFC has some team from the NFC East, probably the Eagles, plus the Rams, Saints, Panthers, and some team from the NFC North. The final wild card team will come from the Seahawks or Falcons or some team from the North.
The true test for Mullens will come the following week, up in Seattle, where no 49er QB has won a game since Alex Smith was the starter here. Seven years ago. If Mullens wins that game, CJ Beathard may as well pack his bags and wait for the axe to fall on his 49er career.
In fact, if Mullens pulls that off, even Jimmy Garoppolo might get a little sweaty in the rehab room.
But that’s enough “maybe” stretching for today.