The San Francisco Bay area will be lively as it always is this fall, but even more so when the 49ers kickoff their season in September. This year the team and fans are expecting great things. Last season the team finished 13-3 while winning the NFC West for just the first time in 10 seasons.
Statistically the 49ers offense was mediocre at best. They were 26th in the league in yards per game. On the ground, they were eighth in the league, which helped open the passing game a bit. On the defensive side of the ball, the team was ranked fourth in the league allowing just 308 yards per game. They led the league in run defense allowing on 77 yards per game.
Alex Smith had his best season as a pro. He completed 61% of his passes, threw for 17 TDs and had just 5 INTs. Frank Gore ran for 1,200 yards and David Akers had 44 field goals that set a new record in the NFL. However, that showed the offense had a hard time with finishing drives.
The 49ers are -250 to win the NFC West and are 11/2 to take the NFC Championship, with 6/1 odds to take the Vince Lombardi trophy home. For more information go to http://www.sportsbookadvisor.com/recommended-sportsbooks.htm
Their regular season over/under wins of 10 is currently -115. The 49ers are favored to win 10 of the 15 games that have had spreads issued thus far. Since they finished first in their division last year, their schedule is tougher as they face the likes of the Lions, Giants, Packers, Jets, Patriots and Saints besides their regular NFC foes.
The 49ers should win at least 10 and possibly 12 games, win the NFC North and meet the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship.