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San Francisco 49ers Betting Odds Preview

After finishing the regular season with a second straight NFC West title and an 11-4-1 SU record, the San Francisco 49ers made their way to the Super Bowl and came up just short. They’ll look to return to the big game and get the job done this time around in 2013.

Odds to Win NFC West: -125 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 11 at Bovada
Betting Props: Colin Kaepernick to win NFL MVP (10/1) at Bovada

In two regular seasons under head coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers are 24-7-1 SU and 20-11-1 ATS. Harbaugh has installed a smash-mouth defense and running game, and with the emergence of Colin Kaepernick over the second half of last year, there aren’t any noticeable weaknesses on this elite squad.

Kaepernick ran the read option to near perfection last season, passing for 2,523 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushing for 568 yards and six touchdowns in 11 total starts (including three in the postseason). Opposing defenses have not yet figured out an answer for a quarterback like Kaepernick, who is a lightning fast runner with a huge build and big arm. The addition of Anquan Boldin helps lesson the blow of Michael Crabtree’s preseason injury, but Crabtree should return by season’s end. Frank Gore is still one of the league’s top rushers, racking up 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

Kaepernick will steal the headlines with his incredible athletic plays, but San Francisco’s defense is an equally important piece to the puzzle. The 49ers finished third in total yards surrendered allowing just 294.4 yards per game and second in scoring defense allowing just 17.1 points per game. A preseason torn ACL to CB Chris Culliver hurts, but this team has plenty of depth and a great scheme to overcome it and put together another elite year.

With two consecutive trips to the NFC Championship Game and one of the best teams on paper in the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers are the team to beat not only in the NFC West, but in the entire conference. Now boasting an explosive offense to go along with this smothering defense, look out.

NFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 3

San Francisco 49ers -125
Seattle Seahawks +140
St. Louis Rams +650
Arizona Cardinals +2000