We’d usually be talking about the NFL’s schedule release, but with the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL plans to release the schedule on May 9. That didn’t stop BetOnline from releasing every team’s spread for the 2020 season. Only the Chiefs, Ravens, and Saints are favored in more games than the San Francisco 49ers. While the draft isn’t here yet, the spread after the draft won’t be affected as much unless a team adds two “Nick Bosa” type of players. Only quarterbacks move the needle in the NFL.
Here is how BetOnline projects the 49ers:
San Francisco 49ers
Notes: Favored in 13, dogs in 1, and two pick’ ems.
San Francisco 49ers -5½ @ Arizona Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers pk @ Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers -2 @ Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers -2 @ New England Patriots
San Francisco 49ers +2½ @ New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers -6½ @ New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers -6 @ New York Jets
San Francisco 49ers pk @ Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers -10
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers -5½
Buffalo Bills @ San Francisco 49ers -6
Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers -6½
Miami Dolphins @ San Francisco 49ers -11½
Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers -5½
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers -6
Washington Redskins @ San Francisco 49ers -14
These lines will change during the season. Remember Week 2; the Bengals were 1.5 point favorites over the 49ers. If the two teams played in December, the Niners are likely two-touchdown favorites. These lines provide us with an idea of how Vegas views these teams before the season. It also gives us an idea of how much San Francisco’s home-field advantage makes a difference. Take the Arizona games, for example. The Cardinals are 5.5 point underdogs at home and ten-point underdogs on the road. The Niners are a coin flip when they travel to Seattle, but a touchdown favorite when the Seahawks travel to Levi’s Stadium.
The lone game where the 49ers are underdogs is when they travel to New Orleans. I’ve seen a few analysts this week say the Saints have the best roster in the NFL. As of today’ it’s difficult to find more holes in New Orleans roster than it is San Francisco’s. The real argument here should be why in the world do the 49ers have to play against the Saints on the road for the second year in a row?
When the schedule is released, I wonder how many primetime/national games they’ll have. We can book at least one of the Seahawks and Rams games. Go ahead and lock in the Patriots, Cowboys, and Saints as well. That’s five, and we haven’t listed potential playoff teams like Green Bay, Buffalo, Philadelphia, or a potential Thursday night game against Arizona.