The 49ers are flying high after a crushing victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night in Mexico City.
But the combination of the international Monday Night Football game ahead of Thanksgiving week meant the 49ers didn’t have as much time to prepare for their Week 12 game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Levy Stadium.
For 49ers broadcaster Greg Papa, this could be a problem for NFC West leaders.
“Today is Thanksgiving week,” Papa told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco during the “Ask Dad” portion of the latest edition of 49ers Talk this week. “A trip to Mexico City is not like a trip to Europe. It’s more like a trip to south Texas, you can look at it from that angle. [ocean] and then you’ll have to say goodbye if you’re going to play in Germany or London.
“But this game, it’s a short week. You came back at dawn on Tuesday. It was a long day on the road. Training on Wednesday… I don’t know how much they’re going to do other than the walkthrough. And then yeah, Thanksgiving. So what are you going to do on Thursday? It’s your busy practice day, but it’s Thanksgiving. So this game worries me.”
Dad wondered why the 49ers (6-4) didn’t say goodbye a week after playing in Mexico City, but coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Wednesday he had no choice or he would have chosen this week to play in San Francisco. goodbye.
Instead, the 49ers farewell week came in Week 9 after their Week 8 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. And it came at just the right time, allowing a few injured players to rest and return for San Francisco’s Week 10 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The 49ers’ current three-game winning streak will be put to the test against the Saints on Sunday. Despite their 4-7 record, New Orleans has a lot of offensive stars that could create problems for San Francisco.
It’s very important for the 49ers to avoid losing against the Saints because their next three games will be against the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks. If they can pass this challenge in good shape, San Francisco will end the season with games against the Washington Commanders, Las Vegas Raiders and Cardinals.