One of the most popular teams in the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers have won the Super Bowl 5 times in a storied history and the current team is making strides to add to that number.

Key this season will be the progression and development of Trey Lance, the new starting QB who takes over from veteran Jimmy Garoppolo.

Another key issue is whether star WR Deebo Samuel will be traded or persuaded to stay on a new deal. An exciting year lies ahead for 49ers fans.

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San Francisco 49ers Factfile

  • Owner – Denise DeBartolo York
  • Stadium – Levi’s Stadium
  • Capacity – 68,500
  • Super Bowl Wins – 5(1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994)
  • Conference Champions – 7 (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994, 2012, 2019)
  • Divisional Champions – 20 (1970-72, 1981-85, 1986-90, 1992-95, 1997, 2002, 2011, 2012, 2019)
  • NFL Legends – Hugh McElhenny (HB),Joe Montana (QB), Jerry Rice (WR), Steve Young (QB), YA Tittle (QB), Deion Sanders (CB), Rod Woodson (S/CB), O.J.Simpson (RB), Ronnie Lott (S.CB), Larry Allen (G), Bill Walsh (Coach)
  • Head Coach – Kyle Shanahan
  • Offensive Coordinators – Bobby Slowik (Passing), Chris Foerster (Run)
  • Defensive Coordinator – DeMeco Ryans
  • Special Teams Coordinator – Brian Schneider

2021/22 Regular Season Record

  • Division – NFC West
  • Record (W-L-T) –10-7
  • Position – 2nd
  • TD Scored – 48
  • TD Conceded – 42
  • Passing Yards (TD) – 6387 (26)
  • Rushing Yards (TD) – 2166 (22)
  • Turnovers –  -4
  • Defensive Interceptions – 9
  • Fumbles Forced (Recovered) – 11 (10)
  • Offensive Interceptions – 14
  • Fumbles Made (Recovered) – 10 (10)
  • Offense Rankings – 7/32
  • Defense Ranking – 3/32
  • Special Teams Ranking – 28/32

2022 Off-Season Roster Changes

Class Of 2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1 – None
  • Round 2 – Drake Jackson (EDGE)
  • Round 3 – Tyron Davis-Price (RB), Danny Gray (WR)
  • Round 4 – Spencer Burford (OT)
  • Round 5 – Samuel Womack (CB)
  • Round 6 – Nick Zakelj (OT), Kalia Davis (DT)
  • Round 7 – Tariq Castro-Fields (CB), Brock Purdy (QB)

Key Players Leaving San Francisco 49ers (FA & Trades)

  • Laken Tomlinson (OG) – Free Agent (signed by New York Jets)
  • D.J.Jones (DT) – Free Agent (Signed by Denver Broncos)
  • Raheem Mostert (RB) – Free Agent (Signed by Miami Dolphins)
  • K’Waun Williams (CB) – Free Agent (Signed by Denver Broncos)
  • Marcell Harris (S) – Free Agent (Signed by New York Jets)
  • Jaquiski Tartt (FS) – Free Agent (Signed by Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Tom Compton (OT) – Free Agent (Signed by Denver Broncos)
  • Arden Key (DE) – Free Agent (Signed by Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Trent Sherfield (WR) – Free Agent (Signed by Miami Dolphins)
  • Trenton Cannon (RB) – Free Agent (Signed by Tennessee Titans)
  • Kentavious Street (DE) – Free Agent (Signed by New Orleans Saints)
  • Richie James (WR) – Free Agent (Signed bt New York Giants)
  • Alex Mack (C) – Retired
  • Chris Slayton (DE) – Waived
  • Frank Gore (RB) – Retired after signing 1 day contract
  • Josh Norman (CB) – Free Agent
  • Mohamed Sanu (WR) – Free Agent
  • Tavon Wilson (SS) – Free Agent

Key Players Joining San Francisco 49ers (FA & Trades)

  • Oren Burks (LB) – from Green Bay Packers
  • Charvarius Ward (CB) – from Kansas City Chiefs
  • Ray-Ray McCloud (WR) – from Pittsburgh Steelers
  • George Odum (S) – from Indianapolis Colts
  • Hassan Ridgeway (DT) – from Philadelphia Eagles
  • Kemoko Turay (DE) – from Indianapolis Colts

Key Players Re-Signed This Summer

  • Jordan Willis (DE) – Re-Signed
  • Dontae Johnson (CB) – Re-Signed
  • Jeff Wilson Jr (RB) – Re-Signed
  • Kerry Hyder Jr (DE) – Re-Signed
  • Ross Dwelley (TE) – Re-Signed

San Francisco 49ers Projected Key Players 2022/23 Season

Offense

  • QB – Trey Lance, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nate Sudfield
  • RB – Kyle Juszczyk (FB), Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon, Jeff Wilson, Tyron Davis-Price, JaMycal Hasty
  • WR – Ray-Ray McCloud, Deebo Samuel, Malik Turner, Austin Mack, Marcus Johnson, KeeSean Johnson, Jauan Jennings, Danny Gray, Brandon Aiyuk.
  • TE – George Kittle, Troy Fumagalli, Tyler Kroft, Jordan Matthews, Charlier Woerner, Ross Dwelley
  • LT – Trent Williams, Nick Zakelj, Jaylon Moore
  • LG – Spencer Burford, Keaton Sutherland
  • C – Jake Brendel, Dohnovan West, Alfredo Gutierrez
  • RG – Aaron Banks, Daniel Brunskill, Justin Skule
  • RT – Colton McKivitz, Mike McGlinchey

Defense

  • DE/EDGE – Nick Bosa, Samson Ebukam, Arik Armstead, Alex Barrett, Herry Hyder, Drake Jackson, Jordan Willis, Kemoko Turay, Charles Omenihu
  • DT – Kevin Givens, Maurice Hurst Jr, Javon Kinlaw, Hassan Ridgeway
  • OLB – Curtis Robinson, Dre Greenlaw, Oren Burks, Azzez Al-Shaair, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
  • MLB – Fred Warner
  • CB – Darqueze Dennard, Ka’Dar Hollman, Dontae Johnson, Emmanuel Moseley, Ambry Thomas, Jason Verrett, Charvarius Ward, Samuel Womack
  • SS – Talanoa Hufanga, Tarvarius Moore, George Odum
  • FS – Jimmy Ward,

Special Teams

  • KR – Ray-Ray McLoud
  • LS – Taybor Pepper
  • K – Robbie Gould
  • P – Mitch Wishnowski

2022/23 Season Schedule

  • Preseason 1 – v Green Bay Packers (12th Aug)
  • Preseason 2 – @ Minnesota Vikings (20th Aug)
  • Preseason 3 – @ Houston Texans (25th Aug)

Regular Season

  • Week 1 – @ Chicago Bears (11th Sep)
  • Week 2 – v Seattle Seahawks (18th Sep)
  • Week 3 – @ Denver Broncos (25th Sep)
  • Week 4 – v Los Angeles Rams (3rd Oct) MNF
  • Week 5 – @ Carolina Panthers (9th Oct)
  • Week 6 – @ Atlanta Falcons (16th Oct)
  • Week 7 – v Kansas City Chiefs (23rd Oct)
  • Week 8 – @ Los Angeles Rams (30th Oct)
  • Week 9 – Bye Week
  • Week 10 – v Los Angeles Chargers (13th Nov)
  • Week 11 – @ Arizona Cardinals (21st Nov) MNF (ISMC)
  • Week 12 – v New Orleans Saints (27th Nov)
  • Week 13 – v Miami Dolphins (4th Dec)
  • Week 14 – v Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11th Dec)
  • Week 15 – @ Seattle Seahawks (15th Dec) TNF
  • Week 16 – v Washington Commanders (24th Dec)
  • Week 17 – @ Las Vegas Raiders (1st Jan)
  • Week 18 – v Arizona Cardinals (TBD)

*Games selected for Thursday Night Football (TNF), Monday Night Football (MNF) or International Series (ISL – London, ISMC – Mexico City, ISMU – Munich) are indicated as shown.

San Francisco 49ers – Strengths

  • Trey Lance has a much higher ceiling than Jimmy Garoppolo if he can reach it, which could bring the team on quite considerably.
  • On defense, the front seven is as formidable as it gets with Bosa and Warner the standout players.
  • Deebo Samuel is so difficult for defences to scheme for, a truly one-off player equally effective at WR or RB.

San Francisco 49ers – Weaknesses

  • There will be inevitable growing pains with Trey Lance in his first year as a starting QB.
  • Need to diversify their offense, last season they were far too reliant on Deebo Samuel.
  • Alex Mack’s retirement means Lance will have a new center to play with. That will be a steep learning curve for the key duo.
  • Still question marks in the secondary, especially at cornerback in a division laden with WR talent, that is a concern.

Season Predictions & Top Betting Picks For The San Francisco 49ers

  • Regular Season Record Prediction – 11-6
  • Playoffs? – Yes
  • Super Bowl Winning Odds – 14/1
  • Conference Champion Odds – 13/2
  • Divisional Winner Odds – 19/10
  • Best Player on Offense – Deebo Samuel
  • Best Player on Defense – Nick Bosa
  • Best Rookie – Drake Jackson
  • Surprise Of The Season – Trey Lance to develop into quality franchise calibre QB by season’s end.

The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of the pieces they need for the Super Bowl jigsaw. There’s question marks at corner, and with the new QB/Center combination and how they all pan out will likely determine their success. The playoffs do look likely though, but probably as a Wild Card team behind the divisional winners.

Our Favorite Pre-Season Betting Picks For The San Francisco 49ers

The odds shown and each market for the San Francisco 49ers is taken from Bet365 Sport.

  • Tip 1 – NFC West Straight Forecast – 1st Rams, 2nd 49ers – 11/4
  • Tip 2 – To Make The Playoffs – San Francisco 49ers – Yes – 5/11
  • Tip 3 – Division Finishing Position – 2nd – 19/10

*All odds shown were correct at the time of writing with Bet365 Sport but are likely to have changed in the meantime and may also change further as the season progresses.