The San Francisco 49ers will head east to face the New York Giants later this weekend, and the line has already moved in the 49ers favor. San Francisco opened as 3-point favorites, but it has climbed to between 4- and 4.5-points, according to sites monitored by OddsShark.com. The over/under is fairly low, at 43.5 points.
The 49ers snapped a two-game losing streak, as they defeated the New Orleans Saints 27-24 in overtime. The Giants were beat by Seattle 38-17, in a game in which the Seahawks blew them out in the fourth quarter. The Giants led 17-14 at the half, and went into the fourth quarter tied. And then Seattle dropped three touchdowns on them.
The 49ers are the better team, and with the return of Aldon Smith, it is easy to see why I would consider taking the 49ers to cover this weekend. One problem for me is the notion of a potential emotional letdown. The 49ers just won an incredibly thrilling game that was likely fairly exhausting from an emotional standpoint. They flew home after the game, and will turn around and fly to New Jersey on Friday.
Do you see the 49ers coming out flat? Or does the return of Aldon Smith open the door for a bit more emotion for them? The 49ers players and coaches have repeatedly said they are playing each game as a one-week season. That sometimes can be easier said than done when facing a significantly weaker team, but given the 49ers history with the Giants, maybe that helps them avoid the letdown.