San Francisco 49ers Online Betting Preview 2018
For the first time since the Jim Harbaugh era, there is hope in Northern California. The arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo has a lot people thinking the San Francisco 49ers are about to turn a corner after Tom Brady’s backup went undefeated in five starts after his arrival. Before we get all giddy about the team’s prospects, remember that when Jimmy G took over the Niners were 1-10 and going nowhere. It’s easy to play free and easy when nothing is at stake. Garoppolo proved in a short time that he’s the quarterback the team lacked during their straight losing seasons.
2018 San Francisco 49ers at a Glance
49ers Super Bowl Odds: +2806
49ers NFC Championship Odds: +1385
49ers NFC West Odds: +325
49ers Regular Season Win Total: 8.5
The Niners got a gift when Garoppolo was handed to them by New England last season. With Colin Kaepernick fading, Blaine Gabbert unable to make a NFL throw, Brian Hoyer going winless and C.J. Beathard not ready for the league, the Niners had no one at the most important position in the game. They struggled through three losing seasons and four non-winning campaigns, mainly because the talent wasn’t in the backfield. Now, however, they seem to have the guy who can orchestrate Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
Heading into the season there is plenty of hype surrounding the Niners. They’re projected to be a .500 team and contend for the NFC West title, and Garoppolo has everything to do with that. He led the team to five straight wins to close out the season, throwing for 1,542 yards with six touchdowns while completing over 67 percent of his passes in those games. Questions remain about the supporting cast and just how effective Garoppolo will be in his first season as a full-time starter. There is no big name receiver on the roster, though Pierre Garcon does return after missing half of 2017 due to injury.
The club also let last year’s leading rusher Carlos Hyde walk, brining in former Viking Jerick McKinnon to fill the void. Shanahan directed the NFL’s highest scoring offense in Atlanta two years ago and feels McKinnon is a better fit for his schemes. While the offense appears to be in good shape, little was done during the offseason to fortify a shaky defense. The team is hoping that its crop of youngsters develops into a better unit and the addition of veteran Richard Sherman helps out the 22nd ranked pass defense.
2018 San Francisco 49ers Schedule
Week 1: 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sep. 9, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 2: 49ers vs. Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sep. 16, 4:05 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 3: 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sep. 23, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 4: 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sep. 30, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 5: 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 7, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 6: 49ers at Green Bay Packers, Monday, Oct. 15, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 7: 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Oct. 21, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 8: 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 28, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 9: 49ers vs. Oakland Raiders, Thursday, Nov. 1, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)
Week 10: 49ers vs. New York Giants, Monday, Nov. 12, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 13: 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 2, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 14: 49ers vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 9, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 15: 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 16, 4:05 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 16: 49ers vs. Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 23, 4:05 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 17: 49ers at Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 30, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers History
The 49ers will always be remembered for its dynastic years in the 1980s and 1990s. During those 18 seasons the club reached the postseason 16 times, won 13 NFC West titles and all five of its Super Bowl appearances behind Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young. However, the early years of the franchise were not so glorious. The team was founded in 1946 as an original member of the All-American Football Conference and won that league’s final title before it merged with the NFL for 1950 season.
Immediately following the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the 49ers won three straight division titles and reached the postseason each time, only to have their season ended by the Dallas Cowboys, twice in the NFC Championship Game. The club hired Bill Walsh in 1979 and two years later won the first of five Super Bowl titles. Not counting the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Niners won at least 10 games every year from 1981 to 1998, playing in 10 conference championship tilts during that time.
The team has made just five playoff appearances since then while experiencing some of the most turbulent times in franchise history. There was an ownership change in 1999 and the eventual firing of Steve Mariucci after a 10-6 record in 2002. That began a downward spiral for the club that was briefly ended once Jim Harbaugh took over in 2011. The team won 36 games in a three-year span, reaching the NFC Championship Game all three years. The Niners advanced to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season, only to suffer their first loss in six appearances.
|2013||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|2012||11-4-1||Lost Super Bowl|
|2011||13-3||Lost Conference Championship|
|2002||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|2001||12-4||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1998||12-4||Lost Divisional Round|
|1997||13-3||Lost Conference Championship|
|1996||12-4||Lost Divisional Round|
|1995||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1994||13-3||Won Super Bowl|
|1993||10-6||Lost Conference Championship|
|1992||14-2||Lost Conference Championship|
|1990||14-2||Lost Conference Championship|
|1989||14-2||Won Super Bowl|
|1988||10-6||Won Super Bowl|
|1987||13-2||Lost Divisional Round|
|1986||10-5-1||Lost Divisional Round|
|1985||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1984||15-1||Won Super Bowl|
|1983||10-6||Lost Conference Championship|
|1981||13-3||Won Super Bowl|
|1972||8-5-1||Lost Divisional Round|
|1971||9-5||Lost Conference Championship|
|1970||10-3-1||Lost Conference Championship|