The San Francisco 49ers wrap up their home schedule on Sunday, when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16 at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers are coming off a win over the Tennessee Titans to improve to 4-10. The 49ers have won three straight and four of their last five.
The 49ers were a rare favorite last week, but are back in as underdogs this week. They opened as a five-point underdog, and are now between 4- and 4.5-point underdogs, according to Odds Shark. Considering the Jaguars are playing as well as anybody in the NFL, particularly on defense, it goes to show the respect Jimmy Garoppolo is getting from oddsmakers and sports bettors.
Last week, the 49ers were two-point favorites, which means their 25-23 win over the Titans resulted in a push. This week, I am using them again with one of my five SuperContest picks for Week 16. The line is 4.5 points, so there will be no push. I feel like this is a game the 49ers either eke out a win, or get beaten fairly handily. I’m going with the former, in hopes that Jimmy G and this offense can keep this fun run going.
For the fourth straight season, I am back for the Westgate SuperContest. SB Nation's partners over at Odds Shark are sponsoring my entry again. The contest requires selecting 5 games each week and picking them against the spread. This year's contest is expected to have over 2,700 participants, which is a new record for the SuperContest. SB Nation is represented by myself, Matt Ufford, and Jason Kirk, and there are folks from all over the blogosphere involved. I went 0-3-2 last week, as things get uglier and uglier. There is a running leaderboard here, but you can check how I’m doing against my Odds Shark teammates here. You can follow my standings under the name "Fooch.”
Here are my Week 16 SuperContest picks:
Chargers (-6.5) over JETS
TITANS (+6.5) over Rams
Browns (+6.5) over BEARS
SAINTS (-5.5) over Falcons
49ERS (+4.5) over Jaguars
Here are all my picks for Week 16. I finished last week 5-8-3. That brings my season total to to 99-118-8.
RAVENS vs. Colts (+13.5): Colts
PACKERS vs. Vikings (-9): Packers
BENGALS vs. Lions (-4.5): Lions
JETS vs. Chargers (-6.5): Chargers
TITANS vs. Rams (-6.5): Titans
BEARS vs. Browns (+6.5): Browns
PANTHERS vs. Buccaneers (+10): Panthers
SAINTS vs. Falcons (+5.5): Saints
WASHINGTON vs. Broncos (+3.5): Washington
CHIEFS vs. Dolphins (+10.5): Dolphins
PATRIOTS vs. Bills (+11.5): Patriots
49ERS vs. Jaguars (-4.5): 49ers
CARDINALS vs. Giants (+3.5): Cardinals
COWBOYS vs. Seahawks (+4.5): Cowboys
TEXANS vs. Steelers (-9): Steelers
EAGLES vs. Raiders (+8.5): Eagles