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01.04.2019 03:07
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field goal of the game Nick Mullens Color Rush Jersey , this one for the OT win over the NFC West rival Seahawks, a thought started to run through my head: was this win really worth it?Although I live in Seattle, my disdain for the Seahawks runs deep, especially as the Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson team have buried the 49ers in recent history. A late-season 49ersí victory to drop the Seahawks to 8-6 and put them in jeopardy of losing a playoff spot seemsexciting in the moment, but I may not have the same sentiment in April when the 49ers are jockeying for top draft position.Letís take a look at both sides of the coin to see if the 49ers should continue to tank these late season games for the No. 1 overall draft pick or win as many contests as possible in hopes of building momentum for 2019.Why the 49ers should tank these games:1. Itís all about the Nick Bosa sweepstakes and the 49ers shouldnít take a step back.Itís like San Francisco is having a dj vu moment from the tail end of the 2016 season. Chip Kellyís 49ers were 1-13, heading on the road to Los Angeles to play the Rams. A meaningless win in December pushed the 49ers down the draft order, pushing them to No. 3 instead of No. 1. The result of that victory? The inability to draft star edge rusher Myles Garrett, whoís put up 38 tackles and 12.5 sacks with the Cleveland Browns. The 49ers ended up taking defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, who hasnít been nearly as productive as Garrett in their first two years in the NFL.In the moment, fans get riled up over the victory, but two years removed from that game, Iídmuch rather have Garrett rushing the passer in a 49ersí uniform than a meaningless December win in a lost season.Similarly, the consensus No. 1 pick in this upcoming draft seems to be Ohio Stateís defensive lineman Nick Bosa. With the 49ersí win on Sunday over Seattle, theyíve dropped from the leader for the first overall pick to the fourth position , taking them out of the Bosa sweepstakes for now. Is this win over Seattle going to be worth the loss of Bosa? Hmmm, I donít think so.2. GM John Lynch and HC Kyle Shanahan arenít worried about their job security.When bad teams are trying to win, itís most likely because the general manager and head coach are feeling the heat from ownership and are trying to put out a solid product on the field. In the case of the 49ers, owner Jed York has given Lynch and Shanahan six-year deals and hasnít made any indication of their jobs being in jeopardy ó and nor should he. This season was lost as soon as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo landed awkwardly in Kansas City. Itís become evident over the latter half of the season ó despite a 4-10 record ó that Lynch and Shanahan have steered the 49ers in the right direction and just need health and time to do so. Given that, they should be more focused on trying to improve their roster for 2019, rather than trying to win the last few games in an empty season.Why the 49ers should not tank these games:1. San Francisco should try an establish a winning culture with the younger players on the roster.They say that experience is the best teacher in life. Well, whatís better experience than playing a potential playoff team at home in a December game? For players like defensive backs Tarvarius Moore, D.J. Reed, Marcell Harris, tight end George Kittle, wideout Dante Pettis, running back Jeff Wilson Jr., quarterback Nick Mullens, this was an important game. These players havenít experienced a playoff-like atmosphere against a division rival. The 49ers are bound to be in the playoffs in the next few years under Shanahan Roger Craig Jersey , so games like this will help build winning habits and provide an experience that players can lean on in important January games. Youth-laden teams donít get very many opportunities to play spoiler against a playoff team, so it was definitely worth it for the 49ers to go out and beat Seattle.2. It provides an opportunity for the 49ersí brain trust to evaluate their roster.With injuries to numerous veterans on the roster, thereís lots of opportunities for the younger players on this 49ersí roster. Not tanking and actually competing in these games allows for those players to grow and also show off their skill set.Last season, the 49ers un-earthed running back Matt Breida and safety Adrian Colbert late in the year due to their productive play in a lost season. This season, Moore, Reed and Harris are all earning chances to prove out why they deserve playing time in 2019.If the 49ers are able to prove that the rookies and second-year players can really develop into full-time roles at their respective positions, it allows for San Franciscoís front office to get rid of the veterans at those spots and improve the roster in other areas. The argument can be made for either side, but watching the 49ersí locker room celebrate on Sunday after defeating the Seahawks sure showed every fan something ó this team doesnít have any quit, despite a 3-10 season. The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend, and then the schedule starts to get particularly difficult. After the Bucs, the 49ers travel to face Seattle, host Denver, Seattle, and Chicago Ronnie Lott Color Rush Jersey , and then close the season with a road game against the Los Angeles Rams.The 49ers are a 3.5-point road underdog to the Bucs after the lookahead line projected a five point spread. Sportsbooks offer lookahead lines to give people an idea of how a pair of teams are perceived. The official line will come out later this coming Sunday late afternoon, and this gives us something for comparison. Injuries and performance will dictate just how much itís worth changing, and what sportsbooks think about the betting public.The Westgate SuperBook releases lookahead lines each Tuesday, and yesterday they projected the 49ers as a 7.5 point road underdog to the Seahawks. The line could easily change if there are any notable injuries, but barring anything crazy, it will like be at least a touchdown spread.The last time the 49ers were less than a touchdown underdog to the Seahawks was October 22, 2015. The 49ers were a 6.5-point home underdog and lost the game 20-3. The last time the 49ers were less than a touchdown underdog at Seattle was January 19, 2014, in the NFC title game.Iím fascinated to see how the line reacts to Nick Mullens vs. the Bucs. If the 49ers beat the Bucs and get a strong showing from Mullens, I could see some money bringing the 7.5 down to a touchdown. I doubt it gets to 6.5 points, but weíll see what Mullens magic brings.

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