NFL Betting: Weekly Breakdown of The SF 49ers' Total Season Wins

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:06 PM GMT

Can San Francisco 49ers challenge for the NFC West Championship this season, amidst all the brouhaha that has preoccupied the media during the off-season? Join us as we rundown through the 49ers’ schedule and take a stab at predicting their win total for the season. This isn’t the gospel, so don’t go betting the farm.

49ers Dealt Tough Schedule
San Francisco 49ers have been dealt a tough schedule on the 2014-2015 NFL season, one that could theoretically serve up contrasting fortunes. In a perfect world, they are up for the challenge – seven out of eight road games are against outfits that finished 7-9 or better while five out of eight home games are against last season’s playoff contenders, including two against the Super Bowl champions Seattle. Clearly, it’s not going to be a walk in the park. That said optimistic NFL bettors can take heart from win totals, which are chalked at 10.5 across sportsbooks with the Over betting pick favoured at -135 while the Under is matched at +105.

 

Week 1 @ Dallas
By the sound of things, Dallas are slated for a rough ride this season. Odds makers have Dallas barely scratching eight wins on the season (Over/Under NFL odds are set to the tune of 7.5). Starting against an extremely talented 49ers doesn’t help their cause either. The 49ers should blow past Tony Romo (struggling with back injury) and his Cowboys in order to get the season under way with a big road win.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 2 vs. Chicago
The Chicago Bears are looking to improve on last season’s 8-8-0 record, but with little improvement on defense, it’s hard to imagine how they would. What’s more, how far can NFL bettors trust Jay Cutler in NFL betting? Overall, this is a matchup that swings the 49ers’ way, with Kaepernick on good form, Crabtree healthy amongst others they should steamroll to the victory on home turf.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 3 @ Arizona
Arizona Cardinals enjoyed a great 10-6-0 season, only to narrowly miss out on the postseason – so competitive was the NFC West Division last season, it was anybody’s game. The Cardinals dropped both games last season to the 49ers, which should send them into this clash motivated to get off to a better start against their rivals. This is a tough one to call. The Cardinals could deal the 49ers their first loss on the season. Then again if the 49ers are going to challenge for the NFC Championship, this is going to be a game they need to win.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 4 vs. Philadelphia
San Francisco 49ers have Philadelphia Eagles’ number, so dialled in is the run game against the Eagles it should continue to enjoy success this season, especially in Week 4 NFL betting when the 49ers host the Eagles.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 5 vs. Kansas City
Kansas City Chiefs were a revelation last season. Andy Reid, Alex Smith and Company combined for a stellar 11-5 season that propelled them into the post season. This matchup serves up several similarities: strong defenses and standout running games. Which team will win is debatable, but 49ers with home edge should win. That said we wouldn’t be surprised if Smith serves up a victory for his Chiefs.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 6 @ Saint Louis
Divisional rivalry is set to heat up when these two sides collide. If this matchup lives up to past clashes, we could be in for a right battle. NFL odds makers aren’t putting much stock in the Rams with Over/Under chalked at 7.5. But this is a game in which the Rams could excel. Perhaps, serve up a shocker in NFL betting markets.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 7 @ Denver
This is another one of those games that NFL purists will want to circle on the calendar. High-octane offense spearheaded by charismatic quarterbacks on each end. The Broncos have beefed up defense in the offseason, so this should be a very interesting affair of the trenches. The 49ers could win this one, but forced to make a choice we’re backing the Broncos to come up trumps on home turf.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 8: BYE

 

Week 9 vs. St. Louis
If the Rams are going to get a win over the 49ers this season, it more likely they’ll have done so by this stage by winning their week 6 clash. Beating the 49ers at home though is another matter entirely. On paper and with home edge going for them the 49ers are just that much better.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 10 @ New Orleans
This is a game that many NFL bettors expect will go the way of the Saints. We’re not so sure. With the NFL season hurtling towards the finish line and Divisional implications on the line, we expect the 49ers to raise the level at this point. Beating the Saints at home is no mean feat, but with one of the best defenses in the league and a creative running games, the 49ers could eke out a win.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 11 @ New York Giants
After last season’s abysmal deposit it was back to the drawing board in the Giants camp. The changes have been met with a lot of excitement but it remains to be seen how that will pan out on the field, against one of the most consistent teams these past few seasons. There’s a lot to be said for home advantage. Purely on X’s and O’s, the balance tips towards the 49ers.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 12 @ Washington
The Redskins will be keen to erase the memory of their 27-6 defeat when they welcome the 49ers to the nation’s capital in Week 12. But with few changes on the roster, it’s hard to see how that will transpire. More likely, than not, they’ll suffer a similar fate.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 13 vs. Seattle
The 49ers haven’t lost a game to the Seahawks at home for some time now. This trend should continue if Kaepernick and Co. want to challenge for top spot in the Division. What’s more, last season’s Championship game left an indelible impression on the 49ers, so heated and bitter it was. They’ll have a score to settle.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 14 @ Oakland
This has the makings of a complete and utter blowout by the 49ers. Nothing about the Raiders’ bench measures to the quality and depth the 49ers have, so it’s impossible to see a serious challenge coming here.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 15 @ Seattle
The highly anticipated showdown between San Francisco and Seattle Seahawks in Seattle is going to be a defining game on the NFL season. The 49ers have struggled in Seattle in recent seasons and while they’d love to snap that trend, short of a major setback it’s hard to imagine that happening.
NFL Pick: Loss

 

Week 16 vs. San Diego
This is a tough game to handicap because the Chargers are relatively inconsistent, or so they have been in the past few seasons. Last season, the Charger stunned Denver Broncos. It follows they could stun the 49ers too. On paper, however, this is a game is there for the hosts to take.
NFL Pick: Win

 

Week 17 vs. Arizona
The 49ers are set to close the season at home against a decent Arizona Cardinals that could give them a run for their money. The Cardinals have shored up their ranks during the offseason, which augurs well. That said the 49ers are tough to beat at home, so it would take something extra special for that to happen here.
NFL Pick: Win

 

NFL Betting Verdict
Last season, San Francisco 49ers finished second behind Seattle Seahawks with a 12-4-0 record. The difference boiled down to one game. By our outlandish early NFL predictions outlined above, we’re expecting the 49ers to go one better this season with a 13-3 record, making the Over 10.5 at -135 our recommended NFL betting pick.