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49ers 2010 Betting Odds

Dig for “sleeper” lists among sports betting pundits and you’ll find the San Francisco 49ers near the top pretty much everywhere. With the Cardinals set to regress, the door to win the NFC West is now open and many people expect San Francisco to walk through it.

49ers Odds to win Division at Bovada: -160 49ers Regular Season win Total: 8.5 (OV -190, UN +155) 49ers Super Bowl Odds: 25 to 1 Over the last decade, the NFC West has belonged to Seattle or Arizona more often than not. But the 49ers believe they have the personnel to reign supreme in 2010. Their running game looks formidable. Frank Gore can do it all – run hard, break tackles, break long runs, and catch the ball. He’s the focal point and he has good protection around him after San Francisco focused on drafting run-blocking maulers in the draft.

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The 49ers’ aerial attack is no sure thing with Alex Smith at the helm but he showed some improvement last year and did develop a nice rapport with two key targets: Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. Davis, a phenomenally athletic tight end, finally had the breakout year everyone was waiting for in 2009, catching 78 passes for 965 yards and 13 scores. Crabtree impressed in his half-season as a rookie. Coach Mike Singletary is slowly but surely whipping San Francisco’s defense into shape. They’ve become an elite run-stopping group, which is no surprise when they have superstar Patrick Willis at linebacker. San Fran’s pass defense needs work, though. It’s too early to tell if second-round pick Taylor Mays, a safety, will pay immediate dividends. Before we even look at the 49ers’ schedule, just knowing they play six games against Seattle, Arizona, and St. Louis is already comforting. They also get the NFL’s other joke division, the AFC West, plus Tampa Bay. Their Bovada win total of 8.5 looks great on the OVER for 2010. The 49ers need improved play from Smith at quarterback and better pass defense to become legit contenders, but they certainly look like good bets to win the NFC West at the moment.