San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots Betting – NFL Week 7, 2020
The San Francisco 49ers bounced back from a two-game losing run with a low-scoring home victory over the divisional rivals Los Angeles Rams. This win meant so much to the last year’s Super Bowl participants as their NFC West division looks stronger than ever. Namely, all four teams have .500 or above, and the 49ers returned to .500 with this victory over the Rams, while the Seattle Seahawks are lonely at the top with a 5-0 record.
The New England Patriots came from a bye week and disappointed in an ugly loss to the underdogs Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. It was New England’s second defeat in a row and third in four games following a bright start to the season, and now they dropped to a 2-3 record and 3rd place in the AFC East. Check out at my 49ers vs. Patriots betting prediction.
49ers vs. Patriots Odds
A Strong First-Half Was Enough for the 49ers to Beat the Rams
The San Francisco 49ers scored 20 of their 24 points in the opening half in a 24-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams at home, while their defense limited the visitors to only six points in the first 30 minutes. The Rams improved on D in the second half and allowed just three points to the 49ers, but that wasn’t enough to secure a comeback win.
Jimmy Garoppolo completed 23 of his 33 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. As usual, his favorite target was tight end George Kittle, who caught seven passes for 109 yards and a score, while Deebo Samuel added six receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. Running back Raheem Mostert rushed the ball 17 times for 65 yards. On the defensive end, Dre Greenlaw and Emmanuel Moseley combined for 15 tackles, while the latter had three defended passes as well.
The 49ers are the 20th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 24.7 points per game, 20th in passing yards (240.7), 10th in rushing yards (127.8), while they have the 9th defense that allows 21.7 points per contest.
Weak Day for Cam Newton and the Patriots’ Offense
The New England Patriots displayed the weakest offensive display of the season in an 18-12 home loss to the Denver Broncos and lost the game despite not allowing a single touchdown in the process. While the defense played very well, limiting the visitors to field-goal attempts and keeping them to under 300 total yards, the offense failed to deliver. New England trailed 18-3 after the first three quarters, and they got a chance to return thanks to the Broncos QB Drew Locks’ two straight interceptions in the final 12 minutes. However, the Pats were toothless in the final drive of the game and deservedly lost.
Cam Newton completed 17 of 25 passes for 157 yards and two interceptions, but he led the team in rushing with 76 yards and a touchdown on ten carries. New England’s No. 1 wide receiver, Julian Edelman, was completely out of the game as he finished with miserable eight yards on two receptions. Running back James White was actually the best receiver for the Pats with 65 yards on eight catches. Ja’Whaun Bentley with 12 (eight solos) and Adrian Phillips with 11 (five solos) led the Pats on defense.
The Patriots are the 25th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 21.8 points per game, 25th in passing yards (207.2), 2nd in rushing yards (167.2), while they have the 10th defense that allows 22.0 points per contest.
49ers vs. Patriots Pick
Even though I believe the Patriots will shake off this pathetic performance and produce a way better offensive display against the 49ers, I am not going to back them in this one. It’s clear that they have issues on offense and that the defense cannot bail them out every time. With just 22 points in the last two games combined, New England should be lucky to score 17+ against the 49ers on Sunday. Both teams have top 10 defenses, while their respective offenses are not among the top 20 on the NFL, so it’s clear as far as I am concerned – this game is going to be a low-scoring affair.