The San Francisco 49ers won’t play an NFL regular season game until September, but Las Vegas oddsmakers believe the team will bounce back after a 6-10 finish in 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs +600
Green Bay Packers +1000
Buffalo Bills +1000
Baltimore Ravens +1200
New Orleans Saints +1200
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1200
San Francisco 49ers +1600
Seattle Seahawks +1600
Miami Dolphins +2000
Dallas Cowboys +2000
Los Angeles Rams +2000
This means that if you place a $100 bet on San Francisco, you will win $1,600 if it captures next year’s Super Bowl.
The 49ers have the best odds of any team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2020 and are a prime candidate to bounce-back after an injury-filled campaign.
NFL 2020 regular season injury plot. Games missed to injuries versus team wins. Bubble size represents cumulative quality of players lost (Lost-av metric) https://t.co/eXiKLhzvNh pic.twitter.com/ENfk81Tj3I— Man Games Lost NFL (@ManGamesLostNFL) January 7, 2021
Defensive lineman Nick Bosa is looking good in his rehab and should be ready to go for Week 1 of the 2021 season. The hope is that fellow cornerstones George Kittle and Deebo Samuel will be able to suit up for all 16 games next season.
San Francisco has limited cap space but will make re-signing left tackle Trent Williams a priority. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have said they anticipate that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback in 2021, but a lot can change between now and September.
The Niners will be able to add a significant piece at the 2021 NFL Draft. They hold the 12th overall pick and could look to select a corner to replace free agent Richard Sherman or package the selection in a trade if they want to move on from Jimmy G.
Adding to the intrigue of betting on San Francisco is that it will play a last-place schedule in 2021. The 49ers finished in the NFC West basement this season, meaning they will play two other last-place finishers in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, in 2021.
Along with their divisional games, the NFC West teams will also play against the NFC North and AFC South. With the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars going through rebuilds, the schedule is easier for the Niners.
The odds will change as the offseason goes on, but at +1600, the 49ers are an intriguing bet to win it all next season.