San Francisco 49ers (-2.5) Looking To Notch 2nd Win Against Carolina Panthers

October 23rd, 2010 – by Alex

Coming off their worst start in more than 30 years, the San Francisco 49ers (1-5) look to bounce back and build on their first win of the season against the hapless Carolina Panthers (0-5) who are still looking for their first victory of the 2010 NFL Season. The game is slated to kickoff at 1pm EST and coverage can be seen on Fox as well as DirecTV channel 711.

After beating out an Oakland Raiders team with plenty of their own problems, the Niners can now shift the focus away from being winless and onto establishing a two-game winning streak. Quarterback, Alex Smith will do his best to continue expanding on his hot streak over the last six or so quarters with a strong performance against an otherwise unimpressive Panthers defensive unit. Running back, Frank Gore will attempt to do his part in a year where he’s averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 8.6 yards a reception on 33 catches for the year.

Defensively this group has seemingly hit their stride behind Patrick Willis who is leading the team with 47 tackles. If the offense could ever get their business together, this defensive group would finally begin getting the attention it deserves. In fact, this group is solid enough to really beat the Carolina offense all by themselves given the playmakers they have available. Developing special teams expert, Tedd Ginn Jr. may end up being an X-factor in this game against a fairly unimpressive Panthers special teams unit.

On the other side of the field, the Panthers are going back to Matt Moore at quarterback hoping different post-bye week results than they had pre-bye week. Prior to the start of the season, many expected the running attack of this unit to be particularly strong behind DeAngelo Williams and Jonathon Stewart. However, because of their poor passing abilities most defenders have simply stacked the box against this group and dared Carolina to pass.

In order to have any shot at winning their first game of the season, the Panthers will need to make defenses at least consider the fact that they’re capable of throwing the ball. Considering the powerful Niners defense against the run which allows a mere 3.71 yards per game, there is no way Williams and Stewart will be able to break free against this group. Defensively, the Panthers have been limiting their opponents to 182 yards per game, however, without Julius Peppers they’ve only been able to get seven sacks on the year.

NFL Game Lines: Given all of their noted weaknesses, the Week 7 NFL Betting Odds show the Panthers as a 2.5 point underdog at home for the game. Additionally, Bodog Sportsbook lists the over/under at a total of 35.5 points. By the looks of the over/under, oddsmakers don’t expect much in the way of offense in this matchup.

Against The Spread Betting Trends: The Niners are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a favorite and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games in Week 7. Meanwhile, the Panthers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games versus NFC opponents and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog.

Head to Head Betting Trends: Normally there aren’t many head to head NFL betting trends for games out the division, but that isn’t the case this week. In the last 5 meetings between Carolina and San Francisco, the home team is 4-1 ATS. While that trend favors the Panthers, other trends like the favorite being 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings contradicts it.

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