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As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints. This is a 4:25 PM EST game that will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the 7-2 New Orleans Saints host the 6-3 San Francisco 49ers. Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Sunday. The writers taking part are: Josh Madas, Chris Pagliuca and John Yeomans.
Vegas Odds (Spread and Over-under): New Orleans minus 3, 47 1/2 u
John’s Pick: The 49ers will do their best to exploit the Saints weakness which is stopping the run (allowing an average of 5.0 yards a carry), still San Francisco needs Vernon Davis to suit up to help them have a balanced attack Sunday. No matter what Colin Kaepernick has to start generating a passing game, as the 49ers only produce an average of 173.9 passing yards a game. This will be hard to do against a Saints defense that has drastically improved (ranked third only allowing 199.9 passing yards a game) their pass defense from last season. Now the Saints high powered offense (averaging 422.7 total yards a game) won’t be scores in masses like they did last week, as they face the tightfisted 49ers defense (ranked sixth overall). Even so, with the 49ers offense being so one dimensional I don’t see them having enough firepower to defeat the Saints. Saints 24 49ers 16
Josh’s Pick: I am still waiting for Kaepernick to play up to his hype this season. They were held to three field goals last week and were completely shut down in the second half. The 49ers offense is in need of a spark, especially when they are facing one of the most electrifying offenses in the league.
To beat New Orleans at home is virtually impossible. You can categorize them as one of the toughest places to play and put them in the same breath as Seattle and Kansas City. Since Drew Brees has only been held under 21 twice this year, I am finding it hard to believe that San Francisco can keep up. I am picking the Saints to win this game. Final Score: New Orleans 28 – San Francisco 24
Chris’ Pick: The 49ers didn’t look bad in a loss to the Panthers last week, the defense looked strong, but the offense couldn’t put up points. I do see the 49ers being able to put up a decent amount of points against the Saints, however, I don’t believe they can outscore Drew Brees and company. If it wasn’t for Peyton Manning, Brees would most likely be the leader in the MVP race, coming into this week he’s having one of the best statistical years of his career. The 9ers may be able to keep it from looking pretty, but in the end I have to go with the Saints. Saints – 24 49ers – 20
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week 11 of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus