NFL betting lines anticipation continues to build for an exceptionally attractive Sunday Night preseason matchup between the 49ers and Vikings. SBG Global opened with the San Francisco 49ers as 3.5-point home favorites against the Minnesota Vikings with an opening total of 34.5. Kickoff on NBC-TV is set for 8:05 PM Eastern time.
The 49ers are coming off a big win over the defending AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts last week in their preseason opener by a score of 37-17. The 49ers picked off 3Curtis Painter passes and recovered a botched handoff which proved to be the difference in the win.
San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary was pleased with the performance.
“I thought we were tough physically and mentally and we ran to the ball,” said Singletary. “I thought the guys did a good job overall. We’re on the right road but we have a long way to go.”
Defense is considered to be one of the keys to the 49ers success this year as they had one of the top stop units in 2009.
The 49ers made big sports betting news this week by signing free agent running back Brian Westbrook, who was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles after being a key producer for them over the past few seasons.
Frank Gore, the 49ers 2-time Pro Bowl back quickly gave his public blessing to the move in order to avoid any potential talk of controversy.
“I thought if he could help my team get better and help us go to another level, I’m fine with it,” said Gore. “He’s been a great back in this league for a long time. I already started asking him questions, but I feel he can help me get better.”
Singletary has made it clear that Gore will remain the feature back in their power running attack but also said that both could be in the same backfield on occasion.
Westbrook signed a 1-year deal with San Francisco and immediately took part in team drills while being applauded by fans.
The addition of Westbrook is a key improvement for the 49ers in the eyes of handicappers betting NFL preseason action. Westbrook is eager to get started.
“The hardest thing to do is sit on the sidelines and watch but that’s probably the best way to learn,” said Westbrook. “Hopefully it’s quick, and I’m gonna do everything I can to make it as painless and as quick as possible.”