Last year Singletary took over in the middle of the season and the 49ers started to look like a team that could contend versus the football odds.
Football odds show that the 49ers finished last year at 7-9 straight up and 7-8-1 against the NFL betting pointspread. The team made some nice off-season moves getting cornerback Dre Bly and defensive end Demetric Evans and they totally stole wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the NFL Draft. They did lose wide receiver Bryant Johnson but Crabtree more than makes up for him. Replacing cornerback Donald Strickland might be more difficult but the 49ers have a lot of talent on defense.
San Francisco still has the question of who will be the quarterback in 2009. Shaun Hill looked good at times but the team still wants to give former #1 pick Alex Smith a shot. The good news is that whichever quarterback wins the job will get to hand the ball to Frank Gore. Picking up Crabtree was huge so now the team has a deep receiving threat to go along with the consistent Isaac Bruce and tight end Vernon Davis.
The defense is solid with Patrick Willis leading the way along with Takeo Spikes, Nate Clements and Michael Lewis. The team was 13th in yards allowed but they were 23rd in points allowed as football odds stats show. That number has to improve if San Francisco is to contend for the NFC West title this season and impact football odds.
The early part of the 2009 season in football odds is going to be critical for San Francisco. They start with divisional games against Arizona and Seattle. You can almost make it the first three games because they are at Minnesota in Week 3. If they start the season 0-3 they can pretty much forget about it because in an 8-week stretch in the middle of the season they have the Colts, Titans, Bears, Packers, Jaguars, Seahawks, Cardinals and Eagles.
Many NFL betting people are high on the 49er’s chances this season but the schedule doesn’t do them any favors. Finding a consistent quarterback is a huge key to San Francisco’s chances versus the football odds at the sports book in 2009.