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San Francisco 49ers Betting Predictions – Remaining Among NFC's Elite Is The Task For Niners

Posted by Tony Bryant on 7/17/2012 5:01:34 PM

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Offensive Coordinator: Greg Roman
Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio
Owner: Jed York
Stadium: Candlestick Park
Capacity: 70,207
Super Bowl Wins: 5

Offense

The 49ers finished 26th in the NFL last season with 4,974 yards. However, for all the limitations of their passing game – initially the product of their quarterback but ultimately the result of their mediocre wide receivers – the Niners were able to rush for just over 127 yards per game, seventh-best in the league. San Francisco's offensive line simply did a brilliant job at the line of scrimmage, carving out rushing lanes for Frank Gore and other ballcarriers. Alex Smith was highly doubted at the start of the season, but he matured into an entirely capable quarterback that the organization can one again believe in. Anyone who consults the best online betting sites in the country now knows that Smith is not as much of a liability as he used to be.

Grade: B-

Defense

San Francisco's defense finished 4th in the NFL last season, allowing only 4,931 yards. More impressively, the Niners allowed only 77.3 rushing yards per game, the best number in the league. Sport betting oddsmakers were wildly impressed with San Francisco's newfound physicality on defense. The coaching staff tightened up everything about this unit, making it better, more responsive, and more focused throughout the roster. Cornerbacks provided great run support and delivered bone-crushing hits. Linebackers were spot-on in pass coverage. The front four generated very consistent pressure. Offenses never gained a comfort zone against this defense, which was one of only five in the league to concede fewer than 5,000 yards for the season.

Grade: A

Special Teams

The 49ers produced 38.7 net yards per punt, a terrible number that is made all the more exasperating when one realizes that the Niners averaged 45 gross yards per punt. It's clear that the coverage was outkicked; more hang time on punts is what the doctor must order for this team in 2012. San Francisco walked away with 81.5 percent of field goals made, and two of kicker David Akers' misses were under 40 yards. There are certainly some weaknesses that need to be addressed in this phase of the sport. The Niners also muffed two punts in the NFC Championship Game, creating their stomach-punch loss to the New York Giants.

Grade: C-

Prediction

The 49ers are too good on defense to fall off the map. In a weak NFC West, this team will go 11-5 and make the divisional round of the playoffs at the very least. San Francisco should probably be favored to make the NFC Championship Game (and lose to Green Bay). Click here for ample information on the latest NFL sportsbook odds.

2012 Schedule

Week 1 – at Green Bay (4:25 PM ET)
Week 2 – vs. Detroit (8:20 PM ET)
Week 3 – at Minnesota (1:00 PM ET)
Week 4 – at New York Jets (1:00 PM ET)
Week 5 – vs. Buffalo (4:25 PM ET)
Week 6 – vs. New York Giants (4:25 PM ET)
Week 7 – vs. Seattle (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 8 – at Arizona (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 10 – vs. St. Louis (4:25 PM ET)
Week 11 – vs. Chicago (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 12 – at New Orleans (4:25 PM ET)
Week 13 – at St. Louis (1:00 PM ET)
Week 14 – vs. Miami (4:05 PM ET)
Week 15 – at New England (8:20 PM ET)
Week 16 – at Seattle (4:25 PM ET)
Week 17 – vs. Arizona (4:25 PM ET)


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