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49ers-Falcons odds: San Francisco getting a whole lotta points

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Is there any way this game ends up close?

The San Francisco 49ers will travel east again this week as they face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15. The 49ers come into the game at 1-12 following an ugly collapse to the New York Jets. The Falcons enter at 8-5 after going on the road and thumping the Los Angeles Rams 42-14. It is no surprise then that the line is pretty high for the game. The Falcons have been installed as a 13-point favorite.

The 49ers have been horrible agains the spread this season. That is no surprise, but pending some more research, it might be historically bad. The 49ers are 1-12 straight up, and 2-10-1 against the spread. The winless Cleveland Browns are 2-11 against the spread. I’m looking for some more details, but according to ESPN’s David Perdum, “no team has covered the spread in fewer than three games in a season in the past 20 years.”

A double digit favorite is a tough one to bet on, but the Falcons would make a lot of sense in this one. The 49ers have struggled much of the season, and while they do show signs of life from time-to-time, this game presents a big challenge. The 49ers defense has had some positive moments, but the Falcons defense is a brutal challenge. Julio Jones is a question mark with turf toe, but the Falcons had no problem getting their offense going without Jones against the Rams. I could see the 49ers getting on the board early, but I would be surprised if it does not get out of hand in the second half.