49ers have surprisingly low win/loss odds totals for 2021
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers may be Super Bowl contenders in 2021, but a rough division and NFL schedule may have influenced lowish odds for win/loss totals.
After what transpired in 2020, San Francisco 49ers fans surely understand how a team with so much hope and hype can fall way short of expectations.
A season removed from a Super Bowl appearance and a general consensus within NFL circles led many to believe the Niners would be right back in the thick of things a year ago, only to see an unprecedented swarm of injuries derail whatever hopes head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad for the so-called “revenge tour,” ultimately leading to a 6-10 record and last-place finish within the NFC West.
Rearmed and hopefully healthy for 2021, however, it’s not too hard out there to find San Francisco right back in the thick of Super Bowl hopes.
In fact, WynnBET has the 49ers tied for third-best odds to win the Super Bowl this upcoming February.
But if further odds mean anything, the Niners may have a tougher road getting there than a first-seed finish within the conference, as was the case at the end of 2019.
49ers over/under for regular-season wins is notably low
San Francisco had 13 wins two seasons ago, which was good enough for both an NFC West crown and the top seed in the conference, therefore guaranteeing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Heading into 2021, however, the oddsmakers over at WynnBET are looking a bit lower than that. Tack on the 17th game on an 18-week regular-season NFL schedule, and the win/loss over/under mark seems even lower.
Currently, the over/under for 49ers regular-season wins is set at 10.5.
For those betting the under, the line is minus-130, meaning you’d win an additional $130 for a $100 bet. For the over, the line is plus-104, which would call for a $100 bet to win an additional $104.
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Tough NFC West influencing 49ers over/under odds?
Usually, teams enjoying a last-place schedule a year after finishing fourth in a division don’t have a tough road ahead of them, and one shouldn’t exactly consider the two extra divisions the Niners play this season, the NFC North and AFC South, as powerhouses. At least not the bottom-tier squads within each division.
And the three extra at-large games — at the Philadelphia Eagles, at the Cincinnati Bengals and at home versus the Atlanta Falcons — don’t stand out as massive challenges either.
So, while only the oddsmakers know why 10.5 was set as the over/under, it’s feasible the primary rationale was the nature of the NFC West with four teams — San Francisco, the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals — all potentially in the playoff hunt.
Those teams could easily beat up on each other this season.
To a lesser extent, it’s also possible the 49ers’ recent injury reputation clouded the over/under from getting any higher.
If anything, one can only hope the 2021 Niners buck that trend, too.