Good morning folks Nick Mullens Color Rush Jersey , and good afternoon/evening to our friends across the ponds, its game day! slot - perhaps the last winnable game on the 49ers schedule, especially if the New Orleans Saints are able to push the Los Angeles Rams into playing their starters in week 17 due to the homefield advantage race. Of course, this game has the added benefit of some uncommon storylines - his father, Mike Shanahan, was not only a Super Bowl winning offensive coordinator with the 49ers in 1994, he went on two win two more, en route to becoming a household name, as the head coach with the Broncos. Kyle Shanahan went to high school in Denver, and there has been a mixed bag of reporting regarding his interview with the Broncos for their previous head coaching vacancy. As previously mentioned, this game represents what seems to be the last opportunity the 49ers have to win a game this season. The Denver Broncos were already a middling squad before trading away long-term offensive contributor Demaryius Thomas and losing his running mate Emmanuel Sanders to IR. Combined with the shaky quarterback play of Case Keenum, this offense is extremely one-dimensional, outside of rookie WR Courtland Sutton Ronnie Lott Color Rush Jersey , who has stepped up admirably. But they have a great defense, right? I mean, sure. Von Miller is a tremendous player and can never be discounted, but this isnt the same defense from a few years back which was threat to score more than the opposing offense. The formerly fearsome secondary has eroded, and as of this week, is additionally decimated by injury. Starting CB Chris Harris Jr. has been ruled out, which is obviously a major hit - but familiar face and primary backup Tramaine Brock has also been ruled out - leaving a secondary manned by bottom-o-the-roster options. 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The New York Giants managed to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (whom the 49ers will play today) and the Oakland Raiders pulled a win off the Arizona Cardinals. How the Raiders forgot to Raider, we may never know. In any case, this puts the pool of two-win teams fighting for draft positioning via strength of schedule: The 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and Oakland Raiders. Right now the 49ers win via strength of schedulehead to head records do not count in draft positioning. It may come down to coin flips, who knows. The Raiders and the Cardinals need to start winning to get themselves out of this tiebreaker though, strength of schedule could change by the end of the year. Anyone remember the last time the 49ers had two wins and were undercut by the Cleveland Browns? Below are the games you should care about: Browns (3-6-1) at Bengals (5-5): Browns Somehow the Browns have managed to get a tie and win three games. Right after getting whacked, Hue Jackson went back and joined the Bengals staff, so this game should be rather interesting. Despite the 1.5 game lead the Browns have over the 49ers, they are still the Browns and as Ive said, find a way to ruin everyones draft plans. Beating the Bengals (who dont have A.J. Green) should be enough to kick them out of the top 5. Raiders (2-8) at Ravens (5-5): Raiders The Raiders helped the 49ers out a ton by beating the Arizona Cardinals, now they need to do it to the Joe Flacco-less Ravens. Lamar Jackson will make his second career start against the team and given how bad the Raiders defense is Richard Sherman Color Rush Jersey , that read-option thing (which is like a poor-mans version of the Colin Kaepernick fun the 49ers had years ago) could carve them. If the Raiders can pull this off, its a big help. Jaguars (3-7) at Bills (3-7): Bills This one is a toss-up. Both have roughly the same strength of schedule and in the division, the Jaguars would be the clear winner, but they can still win games with that team, the Bills, who knows. Root for another Bills win so they can get out of the 49ers way. Patriots (7-3) at Jets (3-8): Jets There is never a time you should root for the Patriots. Draft implications or otherwise.Giants (3-7) at Eagles (4-6): Giants If the 49ers keep losing, a Giants win puts them out of the conversation once and for all. Cardinals (2-8) at Chargers (7-3): Cardinals Its not happening, but if they could get another win, Id really appreciate it.