San Francisco will try and salvage their season on Sunday at Atlanta against the Falcons. Sbg global sportsbook opened with Atlanta as a 7 point home favorite and with an over/under of 42. Kickoff Sunday on FOX is scheduled for 1:05 PM Eastern.
Singletary under Fire
San Francisco is coming off an embarrassing effort last week at Kansas City in which they were scalped by the Chiefs 31-10 as 2.5 point road favorites. The result was no accident and the wrong team was favored as the Chiefs outgained San Francisco 457-251and chewed up the 49ers for 207 yards rushing and 5.3 yards per carry average.
San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary was given plenty of credit for the improvement shown last year and is known as a fiery motivator and defensive coach that loves and demands physical football. To have his team manhandled at Kansas City was a personal humiliation. The 49ers now rank 15th in the NFL for rush defense and 32nd for points allowed.
The bad start has San Francisco fans and many NFL betting handicappers taking a second and more skeptical look at Singletary and his team.
Concerns Mount on Offense
Running back Frank Gore is not on last year’s pace and is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry with one solitary touchdown thus far in2010. Quarterback Alex Smith, who had a nice comeback season last year, is looking more like the player that eventually ended up on the bench as he has a poor 66.2 QB rating and an awful 2/5 touchdown to interception ratio. Smith is averaging just 6.2 yards per attempt.
Bad Timing for This Matchup
And now San Francisco must try and stop the bleeding at resurgent Atlanta against a Falcons team coming off a 27-24 overtime win at New Orleans as 3 point NFL betting online underdogs. The Falcons stand at 2-1 both straight up and against the spread and are among the favorites to win the NFC this year.
The Falcons rank 2nd in the NFL for rushing and will certainly takes notice of how KC ripped apart the 49ers in their NFL betting payout. The tandem of Michael Turner and Jason Snelling are both over 4 yards per carry for the Falcons.