The San Francisco 49ers return home this week for one more game before their bye week, and the line for it is getting just a little bit crazy. The 49ers will play host to the Atlanta Falcons at Levi's Stadium this Sunday, with kickoff scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT. The line opened for this game Sunday evening, and initially set the Falcons as three point favorites. In the less than 24 hours since the two teams wrapped up their Week 8 games, it climbed as high as five points.
And then Vernon Davis was traded and Colin Kaepernick was benched, and all hell broke loose.
In the last 24 hours since all that news, the line has climbed as high as 7.5-points, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. It should surprise nobody that a whole lot of money is coming in on the Falcons right now. This "live lines" look has 84 percent of public money going on the Falcons. I have to think the public is going to be hammering this number through the weekend.
The Falcons come into this game off a 23-20 overtime loss at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons won their first five games of the season, but have struggled the last three weeks. They lost their first game on the road to the New Orleans Saints, losing 31-21. They bounced back with a win the next week at the Tennessee Titans, but it was not a particularly impressive victory against an awful Titans squad. They then lost in overtime, in a game that saw the Bucs in control for much of the game.
The 49ers are coming off their second straight loss in fairly emphatic fashion. They beat the Minnesota Vikings to start the season, and then beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. They did almost get a win over the New York Giants, but for the most part this team has not played well. They now face a Falcons squad that can put up points, but has a fairly mediocre defense. I have no idea what to imagine out of an offense that now includes Blaine Gabbert, Pierre Thomas and Shaun Draughn.