The National Football League has reached the midpoint of the regular season and there is one unbeaten team and one winless squad. The San Francisco 49ers carry their 8-0 season record into action tomorrow night when they host their NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks come into play with two losses, a defeat here, and they are 6½ point underdogs, would give the Seahawks a third loss before the 49ers have any.
From purely a statistical point of view, it seems more likely that after Monday the 49ers would be pinned with their first setback and the Seahawks would be within one game in the loss column. But, the 49ers faced a similar situation in Week Four, and sent the Los Angeles Rams 2½ back in their division standings with a win on the road.
This year’s San Francisco 49ers are perfectly capable of extending their win streak to nine, and more on that tomorrow.
As for today, cloudy skies cover most of the outdoor sites for Week 10, and the team hottest in pursuit of the 49ers in the NFC, the New Orleans Saints, look to extend their record to 8 and 1 when they host the struggling Atlanta Falcons. Drew Brees returned from the hand injury he suffered during a second week loss to the Rams, 27-9, in Los Angeles, to guide New Orleans to a 31-9 victory heading into their bye week.
It is tough to win on both sides of a bye week, and even less likely that you would bookend an open date with two blowout victories. For the second time this season, the Falcons have an advantageous point spread. A generous double-digit line makes the troubled Falcons a likely point spread winner today.
While the Falcons over New Orleans is one of our rated plays today, the public likes three other games. Their most bet team is the Kansas City Chiefs (-6) over the Tennessee Titans. Second most popular play this week is the Green Bay Packers (-4½) over the Carolina Panthers, followed by the Baltimore Ravens (-10) over the Cincinnati Bengals.
While the public has their favorite plays, we also have our highest rated of the game the season today with the Bengals plus the points over the Ravens. Baltimore is charged with having to go from beating the previously unbeaten New England Patriots to meeting the last winless team on the road. This is a trap big enough to have the Bengals pick up their first win against the team that just the week before knocked off the Patriots.
All of today’s plays are now posted on this site, if a Bullet Play develops in the final hour leading up to the day’s first kickoff, that game will be added to the list of recommendations at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.