The New England Patriots will put their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday night when they host the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium.
They have also won 21 straight home games in December.
With Tom Brady under center, the Patriots have moved back solidly to the top of the Super Bowl futures list at 3/1.
The total has gone OVER in 10 of New England's last 11 games including all five of its home games over that stretch. San Francisco is 5-1 ATS in its past 6 games as an underdog.
OVER bettors have profited hugely on the Pats this season, as they remain on a 10-1 run favoring the OVER.
On the opening line for this matchup, the Patriots sat as 3-point favorites at shops such as 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, has been pegged by the oddsmakers at BetOnline at 48. [ Odds to win the Super Bowl? Check out ]
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Patriots at No. 2 and the 49ers at No. 3 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 39-34 result in favor of the Patriots.
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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New England's No. 1-ranked offense (36.3 PPG) against a 49ers defense that ranks No. 1 at 14.2 PPG. The Patriots passing attack has averaged 285.8 yards per game, more than the 49ers give up through the air (184.7 YPG on average).
Defensively, the 49ers feature the league's No. 1-rated road run defense, allowing 64.5 yards per game. New England, meanwhile, ranks No. 7 in rushing offense at home.
Last time out for San Francisco, they were a 27-13 winner as they battled the Dolphins at home. The 49ers covered in the match as a 10.5-point favorite, while 40 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The 49ers grabbed a Week 14 victory over the Dolphins in their last game, winning 27-13 at Candlestick Park.
New England won its last outing, a 42-14 result against the Texans on December 10. The Patriots covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite, while the 56 combined points took the game OVER the total. Tom Brady dusted the Texans secondary for 4 TDs last time out as the Patriots defeated Houston 42-14 at Gillette Stadium.
San Francisco 49ers Trends:
When playing in December are 5-5
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 6-3-1
When playing outside the division are 7-3
New England Patriots Trends:
When playing in December are 10-0
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 6-4
A few 49ers at Patriots trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games when playing New England
San Francisco is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
New England is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
New England is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New England's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of New England's last 11 games
San Francisco at Seattle, Sunday, December 23
New England at Jacksonville, Sunday, December 23