The San Francisco 49ers return both the No. 2 defense in football this season and the defensive mastermind that led them to their first postseason berth since 2002. Now in head coach Jim Harbaugh’s second year at the helm, the Niners will look to continue to climb the NFL odds like wildfire.
With early 9/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl, there’s no denying that San Francisco is a team that oddsmakers take seriously. The defense that allowed just 14.2 points per game, and a league lowest 77.2 yards against, is back for more. Literally, all 11 starters will return.
If the strides the franchise took offensively prove effective, they could even be enough to take the 49ers from a promising, defensive-oriented threat on the NFL betting line to an out right contender. This offseason, San Francisco signed quarterback Alex Smith to a three-year deal, while picking up veteran Randy Moss and rookie A.J. Jenkins.
The moves won’t single handedly guaranteed that the 49ers get back into the playoffs – and plenty can go wrong when the No. 1 offensive threat is an aging Frank Gore – but given the insurance they have with their defensive unit, it shouldn’t matter.
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