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Divisional Saturday: NFL Betting Preview

Divisional weekend gets off on the right foot Saturday with two highly-anticipated NFL betting matchups as the red-hot New Orleans Saints head out on the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers and Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos look to keep their Cinderella season alive against the New England Patriots.

 

Here’s a look at the most recent NFL line movement updates as well as some prop bets available at Bovada.

No. 3 New Orleans Saints at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers

New Orleans opened as a 3-point road favorite, the only road favorite on the board this week, and is now a 3.5-point favorite at 5Dimes as 64% of OddsShark bettors believe the Saints will win and cover. The total has stayed firm at 47; bettors and linemakers clearly respect San Francisco’s defense with this total as the Saints have scored 42+ points and gone OVER in four straight games. New Orleans is 9-0 SU and ATS in its last nine games.

Both teams will rely on their leaders on offense, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and San Francisco’s Frank Gore. Bettors at Bovada can bet on multiple player performance props, including how many passing yards Drew Brees will have (Over 335.5 at -130, Under 335.5 at +100) and how many rushing yards Frank Gore will have (Over 82.5 at -115, Under 82.5 at -115).

No. 4 Denver Broncos at No. 1 New England Patriots

There has been no line movement on the opening line in this matchup as the New England Patriots opened as a 13.5-point favorite at home at BetOnline. A slight majority of bettors seem to prefer Denver and the points, but enough people believe Tebow’s magic will come to an end this week to keep the line steady. The total has moved slightly from 49.5 to 50. New England won 41-23 when these teams met in Denver in December.

Can Tim Tebow outduel Tom Brady? Bettors at Bovada can bet on whether Tom Brady will go over or under 325.5 passing yards (Over -125, Under -105) and 2.5 touchdown passes (Over -155, Under +125); Tim Tebow’s totals are set at 190.5 passing yards (Over -115, Under -115) and 1.5 touchdown passes (Over +185, Under -225).

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