NFL football gambling expectations have fallen dramatically for the San Francisco 49ers after their preseason status as a betting on NFL football favorite to win the NFC West.
San Francisco will host St. Louis on Sunday with a FOX telecast set to kickoff at 4:20 PM ET. Sports-Gambling opened with San Francisco as a 6.5 point favorite.
The St. Louis Rams have a NFL betting record of 4-4 straight up and 6-2 against the spread with 6 of their games going under the total. The Rams are coming off a bye week that followed a 20-10 home win over Carolina.
Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, the number one overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, has been solid at quarterback and improving each week. He has a 75.9 quarterback rating and an 11/8 touchdown/interception ratio.
The defense ranks an impressive 7th in the NFL for points allowed which reflects the ability of head coach Steve Spagnuolo, the former defensive coordinator of the New York Giants 2007 Super Bowl championship team. The Rams are tied with Seattle atop the NFC West.
San Francisco has a NFL gambling record of 2-6 straight up and 3-5 against the spread with 3 of their games going under the total. The 49ers are also coming off a bye week that followed a 24-16 win over Denver in London, which was their 2nd win in 3 games.
The 49ers rank 30th in the NFL for points scored and 19th on defense for points allowed. Quarterback Troy Smith replaced Alex Smith as quarterback in the win over Denver and had a fine game with a 115.2 QB rating as he completed 63% of his passes for 196 yards and 1 TD.
As bad as the 49ers have been a win would get them back into contention in the weak NFC West. The bye week should only serve to help make Troy Smith more effective and prepared as the new starter.
St. Louis has gotten the money in just 8 of their last 30 NFL football gambling matchups with San Francisco. The 49ers have paid out in 4 of their last 5 home games against the Rams. The Rams have 49ers have gone under the total in 7 of their last 8 meetings.