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Football Forecast

Cigar Aficionado's gridiron guru analyzes the upcoming NFL season and predicts who will reach Super Bowl XLI
Danny Sheridan
From the Print Edition:
William Shatner, Sept/Oct 2006

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4 San Francisco 49ers
Forget the Tony Bennett song. There is no heart left in San Francisco. The 49ers were last in offense and last in defense in 2005, and were so bad they made Alcatraz look good. PK Joe Nedney was the team's MVP. Now, how bad can you get? Alex Smith, the first overall pick in 2005, struggled at quarterback and finished with a 40.8 rating. Somehow, WR Brandon Lloyd wound up with 48 receptions and ended up in Washington. Frank Gore led an anemic rushing attack with 608 yards. The best thing that could happen to this franchise would be the return of former owner Eddie DeBartolo.

Danny Sheridan is a sports analyst for USA Today for which he provides the daily odds on all sporting events.

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