Why the 49ers Should Thank the NFL Schedule Makers

Despite two Thursday night football games and facing multiple teams off their Bye week, the 49ers should still feel thankful to the NFL schedule makers. Here is why.
Nov 19, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan (left)
Nov 19, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan (left) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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A tremendous honor was bestowed upon the San Francisco 49ers for their 2024 regular season schedule.

That honor was being given six primetime games. It is indicative of how much of a draw the team is to be featured six times in a time slot exclusively for them. However, the 49ers were also dealt a bad hand by the NFL schedule makers.

The 49ers have two Thursday night football games and have to face four teams coming off their Bye week, which apparently means they have a -22 rest differential. This was the case last year for them, so they get back-to-back seasons facing rested teams.

Despite all of that, the 49ers should actually be thankful to the NFL schedule makers. For starters, who cares that the 49ers have to face teams coming off their Bye week? It never really was a significant factor last season for them and it won't be significant this year either.

The reason the 49ers should be thankful is because of the rest they will be receiving themselves. Week 9 is when the 49ers will take their Bye week, which is a phenomenal week to take off. Anytime a team can get their Bye week right in the middle of the season it is always a great benefit.

Look back to last season. The 49ers were riding a three game losing streak going into their Bye week and it could not have arrived at a more perfect time. It allowed the 49ers to reset themselves and unplug. Plus, they got to lick their wounds and recover for their second-half of the season push.

Facing four teams coming off their Bye week is a non-story and so are two Thursday night games. This comes with the territory of being an elite team that everyone loves to watch. All that matters is where the 49ers received their Bye week and they were done a huge favor by the NFL schedule makers.

Jose Luis Sanchez III


Jose Luis Sanchez III has covered the San Francisco 49ers daily for FanNation since 2019. He started off as the lead publisher for FanNation's All49ers, then switched positions to become the Deputy Editor in 2020. Sanchez writes, edits, and produces videos daily for All49ers. He also co-hosts a show on YouTube with All49ers lead publisher Grant Cohn weekly. Prior to FanNation, Sanchez started his writing career back in 2016 for the school newspaper at Skyline college where he covered all sports team in the Bay Area. Following that from 2017 to 2019, he found a role as a contributor for FanSided's news desk along with their site's Just Blog Baby covering the Las Vegas Raiders and Golden Gate Sports every professional Bay Area sports team. Atop all of that, he was able to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University in 2020. Sanchez is committed to ensuring he delivers transparent analysis and straightforward opinions that resonates with readers to get them thinking.