SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- With two weeks left in the 2017 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers' opponents for 2018 are set.
Even before Sunday's 25-23 win against the Tennessee Titans, we already knew the Niners would meet the NFC North and AFC West. But now that the Niners are locked into last place in the NFC West division and the last-place teams in the NFC East and NFC South are locked in, we know which teams the 49ers will play and where next season.
With that in mind, here's a look at the Niners' opponents for 2018 and where those games will be played. The NFL will announce the dates and times for each game in April.
A few quick thoughts on this:
Two trips to Los Angeles will be a nice break for a team that has logged more than its share of miles in recent seasons. Of course, a trip to Tampa figures to be brutal, as that's one of the longest flights an NFL team can have.
Speaking of travel, that trip to Tampa will be the 49ers' only venture to the Eastern time zone in 2018. That's a good thing given their recent struggles when heading east. Otherwise, the Niners play three games in the Central time zone and the rest in the Pacific or Mountain time zones.
Given their record, the Niners wouldn't seem a likely candidate to get many prime-time games, but don't be surprised if they have a couple. Considering the appeal of this team with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback and the franchise's rich tradition, the Niners could be a trendy preseason pick for a breakthrough season and end up in more prime-time games than the usual Thursday night contest. Beyond the division, games at Green Bay and Minnesota could be appealing, as could home contests against Denver (given the ties between John Lynch and John Elway and the Shanahan connection) and the Bay Area rivalry against Oakland.