The San Francisco 49ers have been underdogs all season long, and with good reason. They are a bad football team, and while we have seen some progress in fits and starts, this 49ers team is not going to win many more games this season.
As the 49ers prepare to face the Chicago Bears in Week 13, they are looking at potentially the smallest line of the season. They are once again underdogs, but the line is at or under a field goal at most sports books. Most have the line at Bears -2.5, with a couple sitting at a full field goal.
The 49ers were a 2.5-point home underdog to the Los Angeles Rams, which is the last time the line was under a field goal. The difference between that game and this game is the 49ers are on the road this week. Teams get a field goal, give or take, for playing at home. So, if this game were in Santa Clara, the 49ers would be favored.
It is not surprising the line is so low. The Bears lost Jay Cutler to a shoulder injury, which resulted in Matt Barkley getting the rare start. Cutler could be lost for the season, but the team has not confirmed that yet. It is safe to say Barkley probably starts this weekend against the 49ers. The Bears lost 27-21 to the Tennessee Titans in Barkley’s first start. The QB was 28 of 54 for 316 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Early on I’m incline to take the points. This week and next week against the New York Jets seem like the 49ers two best chances at a win. A lot of it will come down to whether or not the 49ers can stop running back Jordan Howard. Of course, it also depends on how they handle Vic Fangio’s improving defense.