NFL betting lines handicappers have the opportunity wager on a potential Super Bowl sports betting matchup in the preseason as Indianapolis hosts San Francisco.
The San Francisco 49ers is one of the favorites to win the NFC West Division and to make the playoffs for the first time in 8 years. The 49ers have improved in both of their seasons under head coach Mike Singletary who led them to an 8-8 mark last year with the foundation of the team’s success being a defense that ranked 4th for points permitted.
The 49ers will have plenty to do in preseason, however, as they will want to build depth at running back behind Frank Gore, who rushed for over 1100 yards with 10 touchdowns last year. No other back was even near Gore at all for production, which is a concern. Veteran full back Moran Norris is trying to hold off challenges form Brit Miller and Jehuu Caulcrick. Miller adds a pass catching element that has impressed 49ers coaches.
The 49ers receiving corps is becoming one of the deepest in the NFL as Vernon Davis is becoming a favorite of quarterback Alex Smith, who won back the starting QB job last year.
This Sunday preseason opener for the two teams opened at Sportsbook SBGGlobal.com with the San Francisco 49ers as a 3-point favorite over the Indianapolis Colts and a total of 34.5.
Mike Crabtree missed all of training camp and the first month of last season as a rookie and will benefit greatly from a full camp and some reps in exhibition action.
“I’m a lot more comfortable now,” said Crabtree, who is looking to challenge Davis for the number one target spot. “I know where I’m playing and I’ve got a feel for the game with the whole concept of the offense.
There should be more offensive continuity for the 49ers in preseason as Jimmy Raye becomes the first offensive coordinator in 7 seasons to return.
Ted Ginn and Brandon Jones are two more deep targets that make the 49ers passing attack potentially one of the most dangerous in football.
Indianapolis is a notoriously bad value in the preseason as they have gotten the money in just 4 out of their 13 preseason games since 2007. What effort the Colts do put into the preseason will be spent on improving their woeful running attack that has not forced opposing defenses to stay honest?
New Orleans win over the Colts in the Super Bowl was a prime example of this weakness as the Saints defense totally ignored the run to focus on quarterback Peyton Manning the air attack.