The New Orleans Saints will host the San Francisco 49ers with NFC supremacy still hanging in the balance. Bold predictions for the Week 14 matchup.
As we get later into the 2019 NFL season, it feels like we’re treated to more high-profile and meaningful matchups than ever before. That will again be the case on Sunday in Week 14 as the San Francisco 49ers, who sit at 10-2 on the season, travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a showdown with the New Orleans Saints, a team that sits atop the NFC standings right now with an identical 10-2 record.
This matchup between Jimmy Garoppolo‘s 49ers and Drew Brees‘ Saints obviously has big playoff implications. A win for the Saints keeps them atop the conference while a 49ers loss and Seahawks win could make the NFC West race much more daunting for San Francisco. However, a San Fran win and Seattle loss would vault the Niners back into the NFC’s top seed.
There’s no question that we’ll be watching a potential playoff preview from New Orleans in Week 14. But what will we see transpire? Here are five bold predictions for the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
5. Garoppolo picked off by Lattimore
Considering that the San Francisco 49ers are 10-2 on the season, it’s safe to say that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has easily been good enough to win games. On the season, he has 2,896 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, which is a quality output through 12 games.
However, it’s certainly worth noting that Kyle Shanahan’s offense in San Francisco doesn’t ask Garoppolo to do as much as he would in many other systems throughout the league. Moreover, Garoppolo has been susceptible to turning the ball over when he’s under duress and tries to do too much on his own as a playmaker.
Cameron Jordan and the Saints defensive line should be able to generate pressure against an offensive line that’s been a little banged up as of late. That will force Garoppolo into at least one big mistake, namely trying to challenge cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who will get the best of him with an interception.