The folks at Bovada.lv updated their Super Bowl odds yesterday, and the 49ers have climbed into the favorite posiiton, sitting at 6/1. Denver is behind them at 15/2, the Patriots are 8/1 and the Seahawks are 9/1. Previously, the 49ers had been even with the Broncos at 7/1.
That got me thinking about the 49ers 2013 schedule and the spread. The day after the 2013 schedule came out, the 49ers were listed as 4-1/2 point favorites against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. In looking at the rest of the schedule, it is safe to say the 49ers are going to be favored in a lot of games. Obviously something could go wrong, the 49ers struggle and they end up as an underdog as the season moves along. However, if things go the way we hope, they should be a favorite much of the time.
A quick scan of the schedule reveals one game that I am pretty sure they would be underdogs at this point, and that is their Week 2 Sunday Night Football game at Seattle. The 49ers won the division, but the last time these two teams faced off, the Seahawks took San Francisco behind the woodshed. Even if the Seahawks were upset Week 1 in Carolina, I still think they would be a slim favorite.
Looking through the rest of the schedule, the only other two that stand out are the back-to-back games against New Orleans and Washington in November. Right now, I'd install the 49ers as a slim favorite over the Saints, and a little bit more over the Redskins (assuming RGIII would be healthy).
Week 1: vs. Green Bay Packers - Sunday, September 8, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 2: @ Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. NBC
Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts - Sunday, September 22, 1:25 p.m. CBS
Week 4: @ St. Louis Rams - Thursday, September 26, 5:25 p.m. NFL Network
Week 5: vs. Houston Texans - Sunday, October 6, 5:30 p.m. NBC
Week 6: vs. Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, October 13, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 7: @ Tennessee Titans - Sunday, October 20, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 8: @ Jacksonville Jaguars (in London) - Sunday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: vs. Carolina Panthers - Sunday, November 10, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 11: @ New Orleans Saints - Sunday, November 17, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 12: @ Washington Redskins - Monday, November 25, 5:40 p.m. ESPN
Week 13: vs. St. Louis Rams - Sunday, December 1, 1:05 p.m. FOX
Week 14: vs. Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, December 8, 1:25 p.m. FOX
Week 15: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 16: vs. Atlanta Falcons - Monday, December 23, 5:40 p.m. ESPN
Week 17: @ Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, December 29, 1:25 p.m. FOX