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On the road: 49ers' prospects outside division

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The premise: The NFL will not release dates and times for 2009 regular-season games until 7 p.m. ET, but we can still size up opponents from unexplored angles.

Previously: Cardinals

I'll continue by looking at how the 49ers might fare in their non-division road games.

The chart shows how the 49ers' non-division road opponents fared at home last season. Unlike the Cardinals, who drew the Lions in Detroit, the 49ers did not draw any obviously favorable road games outside the division. They were 1-4 in road games outside the division last season, defeating the Bills in Buffalo.

Background: John Clayton's recent column on scheduling took a bigger-picture look at how the scheduling rotation can affect standings in predictable ways.