San Francisco 49ers 2017 Betting Preview
While the Cleveland Browns get the ridicule as the worst team in the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers could once again give them a run for that title in 2017. After several years of competing for a Super Bowl under coach Jim Harbaugh, it has been a swift descension for San Francisco, which is now in the midst of a major rebuild.
The team hired Kyle Shanahan as its coach and John Lynch as the general manager to right the ship. Brian Hoyer was added to play quarterback, but he is nothing more than a journeyman. Unless the 49ers get a ton of unexpected performances, they will likely only win a few games once again this season.
2016 Record: 2-14
2016 ATS Record: 4-11-1
Over/Under Total Record: 10-6
Current Super Bowl Odds: 300/1
Current Odds To Win NFC: 125/1
Current Odds To Win NFC North: 40/1
The 49ers finished the 2016 season 27th in the NFL in points scored and last in points allowed. Quarterback was an issue, as neither Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert could consistently lead the team.
Hoyer may not be much better unless the offensive line improves and some weapons emerge. Pierre Garcon was signed in free agency and he should be a reliable wide receiver, but the team is still short on impact skill players.
The defensive front has the potential to be good, headlined by DeForest Buckner and No. 3 overall draft pick Solomon Thomas. Lynch traded back in the draft from No. 2 knowing that it’s important to stockpile draft picks as the team continues to rebuild.
However, in doing so, it leaves the 49ers without a quarterback with high upside. San Francisco may be able to slowly turn it around but this season is expected to be another struggle. It would be a surprise if the 49ers win more than a handful of games in 2017.