Bet on football handicappers saw the NFC West leading 49ers open as 2.5-point NFL betting favorites against the defending NFC South champs.
The Atlanta Falcons were not on the board last week for those who bet on football as it was their bye. The Falcons last NFL betting appearance was on September 27 as they lost for the first time in 2009, 10-26 to the New England Patriots as 4.5-point road dogs. The Falcons have a bet on football record of 2-1 both straight up and against the spread with 2 out of those 3 games going under the NFL betting total.
Any bet on football conversation about the Atlanta Falcons begins with quarterback Matt Ryan who has elevated his game from its already lofty status of 2008. Ryan has a quarterback rating of 100.4 compared to 87.7 last year as he has completed 66% of his passes for 648 yards and a 5/1 touchdown to interception ratio.
Tony Gonzalez escaped Kansas City and has been a welcome addition for Ryan. Gonzalez has 160 yards receiving to lead Atlanta and has 2 touchdowns which is also a team best.
The San Francisco 49ers impressed everyone that likes to bet on football in their 35-0 win over St. Louis last week as 9.5-point home favorites. Head coach Mike Singletary is known by those who bet on football as a disciplinarian that has brought a tough new attitude to the 49ers. The win last week came after what could have been a back breaker the previous week when San Francisco lost on the final play at Minnesota 24-27.
The 49ers are developing into a well balanced team that makes the most of their opportunities. San Francisco ranks 9th in scoring despite ranking 28th in total yards. The 49ers defense is a direct reflection of Singletary, the former great Chicago linebacker, as it ranks 6th in total yards allowed and 2nd in points allowed.
San Francisco has gotten the cash in 8 out of their last 9 home games against Atlanta.