49ers are playoff team if Jimmy Garoppolo plays 16 games, Peter King says

49ers are playoff team if Jimmy Garoppolo plays 16 games, Peter King says

Peter King saw what he considers a playoff team when he visited the 49ers this week in Santa Clara.

The 49ers were the 17th NFL team the NBC Sports football analyst visited since his training camp tour began last month. The 49ers have not made the playoffs since the 2013 season, and King believes that skid will come to an end.

“Unless Jimmy Garoppolo slips on a banana peel, I think this team is going to make the playoffs,” King said on The 49ers Insider Podcast. “I just think they have a lot of really important weapons on defense up front that can be a good deodorant for kind of some average people behind them.

“I like these guys a lot ... if Garoppolo plays 16 game, they should win 10.”

Garoppolo has taken part in every practice this summer after his season came to an end in Week 3 with a torn ACL in his left knee in Kansas City. In five NFL seasons, though, Garoppolo has started just 10 games. He served the first 3 ½ seasons of his career as Tom Brady’s backup with the New England Patriots.

King said he expects an improved offense with Tevin Coleman at running back. And the one player who stood out to King is a rookie who can assist Garoppolo in the passing game.

“You look around and you come to camps and you say who caught your eye,” King said. “Jalen Hurd is the guy who caught my eye out at this practice.”

Hurd is a 6-foot-4 receiver who played his first three college seasons as a running back at Tennessee before transferring to Baylor to play wide receiver. The 49ers selected Hurd in the third round of the draft. King said he spoke with 49ers assistant Miles Austin, a former NFL wide receiver, who told him about Hurd’s incredible competitiveness.

But it is on the other side of the ball where King expects the 49ers to make their biggest impact with five defensive linemen -- Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Dee Ford and Nick Bosa -- who entered the NFL as first-round draft picks.

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“I’ve covered the NFL for 35 years, and I do not remember a team addressing one position group to the extent the San Francisco 49ers have addressed the defensive line in the last three, four years,” King said.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s not just first-round draft picks, either. It’s now spending very big on Dee Ford and basically to say, ‘We are going to get guys to come in and play in waves on that defensive line.’”

Watch ex-49ers assistant Keanon Lowe disarm gunman at Portland school


Watch ex-49ers assistant Keanon Lowe disarm gunman at Portland school

It's a video that has gone viral of a moment an Oregon coach disarmed a student who entered a school possessing a firearm.

Keanon Lowe, a former 49ers assistant coach, now serves as the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. He's also a hero after preventing a shooting when he embraced a gunman and caused them to surrender his weapon:

The gunman walked into one of the buildings at the school with a shotgun hidden under a jacket he was carrying in his arms on May 17.

“I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him," Lowe told reporters. "I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living.”

Lowe is also a former standout star wide receiver at the University of Oregon. 

“The universe works in amazing ways," Lowe added. "I’m lucky and I’m happy that I was in that classroom for all those kids and I was able to prevent that tragedy."

Nobody was injured in the events.

49ers-Washington odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

49ers-Washington odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

The 49ers view themselves as underdogs, but few would call them that in Week 7. 

San Francisco (5-0) is a massive favorite Sunday against Washington (1-5), and for good reason. The 49ers boast one of the NFL's most dominant defenses this season while Washington is ... well, Washington. 

With a win at FedEx Field, the 49ers will have started their season 6-0 for just the fourth time in franchise history, and the first this century. San Francisco made it to the NFC Championship Game following its last 6-0 start in 1990, going 8-2 down the stretch.


Caesars: SF -10 (-110)
Consensus: SF -10 (-109)
Westgate: SF -9.5 (-110)
Wynn: SF -10 (-110)

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Here's how NFL writers around the country see the 49ers-Washington matchup shaking out: 

Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 38, Washington 6
John Keim: 49ers 30, Washington 10
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: 49ers 44, Washington 22
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News:  49ers 34, Washington 10
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 16, Washington 3
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 34, Washington 13