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49ers-Saints odds: San Francisco is a climbing underdog, as expected

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The 49ers have opened as underdogs when they face the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. We take a look at some of the recent history, and what this game means.

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The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the New Orleans Saints in Week 10, and they are currently a 4.5-point underdog. The line opened at Saints -2.5, but the line quickly climbed between a point and a half, and two points. The over/under is set at 49 points.

This marks the third straight season the 49ers will be playing at the Superdome. Their recent history against the Saints is a mix of good and bad. They are only 1-5 straight up in their last six games at New Orleans, but they are 2-3-1, so they've certainly had some close ones. The 49ers are 6-5-1 ATS, and and 6-6 SU as a road underdog under Jim Harbaugh.

This is the fourth game between these two teams since Jim Harbaugh took over. They beat them in the divisional round of the 2012 playoffs, and then beat them 31-21 the following season. In 2013, they dropped a 23-20 game, marked unfortunately by the Ahmad Brooks penalty.

The 49ers head into this game on a 2-game losing streak, and find themselves on the wrong side of the playoff picture. They have enough opportunities on the schedule to do what they need to do, but they actually need to get the offense going in the right direction before they can actually take advantage of said opportunities. I would like to think they have shown something in the past that would indicate they could get the ship righted, but it is easy to be skeptical lately. And considering they face a Saints team that is generally a good deal stronger at home than on the road, it will be an uphill climb on Sunday.