San Francisco 49ers
The very start of the regular season looked promising for the San Francisco 49’ers as they started the season off with a 2-0 record. They beat Arizona and Seattle in those first two games and it looked like the 49’ers might have a real team this year. Since then the 49’ers haven’t fared so well though. They know have a 3-3 overall record which puts them in second place in the NFC West behind the Cardinals. If the 49’ers can have a great second half to the season then they have a shot at winning the division since they’re winning the tiebreaker right now.
As a football betting pro, I personally can’t see the 49’ers making the playoffs this year though for several reasons. The first reason I don’t think they’ll make the playoffs is because they have been giving up too many points. The team is also having trouble moving the ball when they play against average defensive teams. The 49’ers most recent loss came last week against the Texans. The 49’ers started the game out flat and they were never able to recover. If they had won that game then their entire season would look different right now, but with a 3-3 record I don’t see how they’ll make the playoffs.
The team is in the bottom half of the stats categories when it comes to offence this year. They have been averaging 22.2 points per game which is 18th in the league, but they only have been averaging 272 yards of offence a game which is almost dead last in the league. Shaun Hill has looked terrible this season, but last week they put in Alex Smith for the second half and he looked real good. I haven’t checked into it, but I would assume that Alex will be getting some, if not all of the remaining starts this season.
Frank Gore has been battling injuries again this year and has been held to only 52 carries. Out of those 52 rushes though, Gore has 273 yards and 3TD’s. Glen Coffee has been starting in place of Gore this year when he is injured and he has been doing fairly well although lately he has been getting shut down. Basically all of the receiving has come from Vernon Davis this year in San Francisco. Vernon leads the team with 29 catches for 355 yards and 6TD’s. Nobody else has really stepped up to the plate yet, but it isn’t completely the receivers fault since they haven’t been getting the best passes thrown to them.
Michael Crabtree finally signed a contract with the team and started last week. He had 5 receptions on the game and it looks like he will play a big role on the 49’ers for years to come, and who knows, maybe he’ll help them to one day become super bowl champs again. Crabtree has the ability to do some magic when he has the ball so the 49’ers really need to try and get him some space. The 49’ers defence has been able to stop the run all season as they only allow an average of 88.8 rush yards per game. The secondary has had trouble this season though, as the defence has been giving up 236 pass yards per game.