NFL Week 12 Predictions: San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
Sunday, 11/25/12, 4:25 PM EST, TV: FOX
Opening Point Spread: San Francisco -2
Current Betting Line: San Francisco -2.5
Opening Total: 48.5
Current Total: 50
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
San Francisco heads to Louisiana to take on New Orleans in a rematch of last season’s NFC Divisional playoff game, as it escaped with a 36-32 victory as 3.5-point home underdogs in that affair. The 49ers are coming off an impressive 32-7 win over the Chicago Bears as 3.5-point home favorites, with backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick leading the charge. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns against one of the best defenses in the NFL. San Francisco is 0-4 ATS after playing on Monday Night Football the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 3-1 in that situation.
The 49ers rank first in the league in averaging 165.5 rushing yards per game, while the defense is limiting opponents to just 13.4 points per game. San Francisco has compiled an impressive 9-3 record on the road during the Jim Harbaugh era, which trails only the Green Bay Packers in that span. It’s important to note that the team has outscored its opponents by a 245-134 margin this season, which makes them an attractive side when looking at the pro football odds page this weekend.
New Orleans has won five of its last six games despite losing the statistical battle in each of those contests, as it comes off a 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders as si-point road favorites. The Saints have also managed to go UNDER the total in three of their last four games overall. “At 0-4 our team stuck together,” stated Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt. New Orleans has covered all three of its games this month, while posting an 8-1 ATS mark during this calendar month since 2010.
The Saints are led by quarterback Drew Brees offensively, as he leads the league with 28 touchdown passes, while they enter averaging 306.6 passing yards per game. New Orleans demonstrated some balance on this side of the football in the Bay Area, as it managed to gain 153 yards on the ground, with Mark Ingram carrying the ball 12 times for 67 yards. Defensively, the team has allowed at least 400 yards in all 10 games, but has limited foes to just 19.0 points per game this month.
Sports bettors will likely back the Saints due to their 15-3 ATS mark at home, while the 49ers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven trips to New Orleans.
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