Fooch's update: The line has actually climbed to 16 1/2 since it opened last night. Wow.
The 5-2 San Francisco 49ers head to London this week to face the winless Jacksonville Jaguars, and as expected the line is pretty big. The 49ers have opened as 13 1/2 point favorites. I have to admit, I actually expected it to be bigger. The Jaguars were 28 point underdogs to the Denver Broncos, and 11-point under dogs when they visited the St. Louis Rams. I wasn't expecting a four touchdown spread, but even on a neutral field I figured for a few more points. Has a team ever played the disrespect card when they are nearly two touchdown favorites?
The 49ers face a Jaguars team that is struggling to do anything right. They have bounced between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne at quarterback. They've lost multiple offensive linemen. Maurice Jones-Drew seems like he's just about finished. On the plus side, Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts have looked solid, and Mike Brown came out of nowhere for a big Week 7 performance.
The 49ers stuck to the ground game against the Titans this week, but they did open up Colin Kaepernick on the ground. He was very solid through the air, but he did serious damage on the ground for the first time in a while. It adds a significant bit of unpredictability to the offense.