Last year, the 49ers had a three-game November gauntlet that helped prove their status as one of the best teams in the league: Packers, at Ravens, at Saints. (The 49ers went 2-1.)
This year, the 49ers embark on a seven-game stretch that will either re-establish them as contenders or seal their fate as the latest team that lost the Super Bowl and then failed to get back to the playoffs.
Consider this stretch, starting next Sunday night on NBC: Rams, at Patriots, at Seahawks, Packers, at Saints, at Rams, Bills. Given the injuries and their current quarterback struggles, how many of these...