2017 NFL Betting Guide And Predictions For San Francisco 49ers
It’s out with the old and in with the new for the San Francisco 49ers heading into the 2017 regular season. Gone are former head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke and in are new GM John Lynch and new head Coach Kyle Shanahan. While the Niners are expecting to be better moving forward after going 2-14 last season, no matter what happens to the rebuilding NFC West Super Bowl longshots, you should know that there are several ‘must-bet’ games on Frisco’s 2017 schedule that all NFL betting enthusiasts need to know about. Here is my expert analysis on six of Frisco’s must-bet matchups of 2017.
A Closer Look At The 2017 NFL Betting Guide And Predictions For San Francisco 49ers
Panthers at 49ers (+4.5)
Analysis: Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers may have struggled mightily in going just 6-10 one year after reaching the Super Bowl, but the Panthers are light years ahead of where the Niners are right now and will win this regular season opener handily despite being on the road. San Francisco lost to Carolina 36-27 in Week 2 last season while never coming close to covering the spread as a 12-point road dog. The Niners will be at home in this Week 1 matchup, but I’m fully expecting the Panthers to roll to the east win and ATS cover.
Pick: Panthers 27 Niners 14
Week 3 (Thursday)
Rams at 49ers (-1.5)
Analysis: The Rams may have double San Francisco’s win total from last season, but they are not, repeat, not, that much better than San Francisco, if at all. San Francisco swept the Rams a year ago while winning 28-0 in Week 1 and I believe they’ll get the home win and ATS cover against their longtime NFC West division rivals just like they did a year ago.
Pick: 49ers 28 Rams 24
Cowboys at 49ers (+8.5)
Analysis: The Cowboys took a big step forward last season behind Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott and enter the 2017 season looking to build on their outstanding campaign while San Francisco just wants to get back to looking like a respectable NFL franchise. After losing to Dallas 27-14 as a 1-point road dog last season, I’m thinking the Niners could be in for a nearly identical defeat this time around. With Frisco going 2-6 ATS in their eight road dates last season, I’m thinking this matchup is as close to a lock as it gets. Dallas is the better team on both sides of the ball and will win going away to cover the NFL betting line with room to spare!
Pick: Dallas 31 San Francisco 2
Cardinals at 49ers (+3.5)
Analysis: The Cardinals went just 7-8-1 SU last season , but Bruce Arians guided the Super Bowl hopefuls to three straight double-digit winning campaigns prior to last season and addressed their offseason needs really well. Arizona swept San Francisco last season by and won 33-21 in Frisco in Week 5 to cash in as a 3.5-point road favorite. Cardinals’ running back David Johnson and the ageless Larry Fitzgerald will have their way while leading the Cards to the huge win!
Pick: Cardinals 31 49ers 20
49ers (+4) at Bears
Analysis: The Niners don’ have many games on their 2017 schedule that look like definitive wins, but their Week 13 road date at Chicago is one of them. While the Bears made some seriously head-scratching moves in order to move up one spot and grab North Carolina signal-caller Mitchell Trubisky with the No.2 pick in the draft, the team that fleeced them (San Francisco) will benefit in this contest because of their shrewd front office moves. Frisco gets the road upset in this matchup of rebuilding NFC playoff hopefuls.
Pick: 49ers 27 Bears 23
Jaguars at 49ers (+1)
Analysis: Again, there aren’t many games that the Niners or their fans can look at and say it’s a ‘sure’ victory, but beating a Jacksonville Jaguars team that is rebuilding after its horrific 3-13 season a year ago looks like it’s doable at the very least. Both teams are in the midst of massive rebuilding plans, but Frisco should be able to loci down the home win and ATS cover in this contest of only because whoever starts under center for them will be a lot better than Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles.
NFL Betting Pick: San Francisco 28 Jacksonville 24