Just a year after finding themselves in the Super Bowl, Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers missed the playoffs. What could be determined to be a “Super Bowl hangover” was caused by a litany of injuries to key positions including George Kittle, Raheem Mostert, and Nick Bosa. Almost every starter graced the IR at some point of the season, many of which were season-ending. Shanahan coached a brilliant season with the remaining pieces and the 49ers were in playoff contention until the final quarter of the season.
Equally as long as their IR list is San Francisco’s upcoming list of free agents. Highlighting the list are star defensive end Solomon Thomas, veteran corner Richard Sherman, tackle Trent Williams, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. 20 other players on both offense or defense who received at least one start are also set to have their contracts expire. It’s a difficult offseason upcoming for the 49ers, but San Francisco remains a young and talented team with a wide open Super Bowl window. It’s an attractive destination for free agents and the 49ers should be just fine moving forward.
San Francisco 49ers odds
49ers futures odds
49ers Super Bowl odds
After making an appearance in Super Bowl LIV, the San Francisco 49ers are missing out on the 2020-21 NFL Playoffs. They have been mathematically eliminated.
NFC West odds
The 49ers are the first team to be eliminated from NFC West contention.
49ers player props
Garoppolo is listed with +2600 odds to win regular season MVP at FanDuel, yet he’s +7500 to win AP Offensive Player of the Year. Stud DE Nick Bosa is the third favorite to win Defensive POY at +1300 odds at FanDuel and he’s second at DK with +1000 odds. Kyle Shanahn is the fourth favorite to win Coach of the Year with +1600 odds at DK.
San Francisco 49ers 2020 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date (Time)||Opponent||Opening Spread|
|1||Sunday, Sep. 13 (4:25 p.m. ET)||vs. Arizona||49ers -8.5|
|2||Sunday, Sep. 20 (1 p.m. ET)||at NY Jets||49ers -5.5|
|3||Sunday, Sep. 27 (1 p.m. ET)||at NY Giants||49ers -5.5|
|4||Sunday, Oct. 4 (8:20 p.m. ET)||vs. Philadelphia||49ers -5.5|
|5||Sunday, Oct. 11 (4:05 p.m. ET)||vs. Miami||TBA|
|6||Sunday, Oct. 18 (8:20 p.m. ET)||vs. LA Rams||TBA|
|7||Sunday, Oct. 25 (4:25 p.m. ET)||at New England||49ers -1|
|8||Sunday, Nov. 1 (4:25 p.m. ET)||at Seattle||TBA|
|9||Thursday. Nov. 5 (8:20 p.m. ET)||vs. Green Bay||TBA|
|10||Sunday, Nov. 15 (4:25 p.m. ET)||at New Orleans||Saints -2.5|
|12||Sunday, Nov. 29 (4:05 p.m. ET)||at LA Rams||TBA|
|13||Monday, Dec. 7 (8:15 p.m. ET)||vs. Buffalo||TBA|
|14||Sunday, Dec. 13 (4:25 p.m. ET)||vs. Washington||TBA|
|15||Sunday, Dec. 20 (8:20 p.m. ET)||at Dallas||TBA|
|16||Sunday, Dec. 27 (TBA)||at Arizona||TBA|
|17||Sunday, Jan. 3 (4:25 p.m. ET)||vs. Seattle||TBA|
How to bet on the 49ers
After opening the season with +3300 odds to win the Super Bowl at most sportsbooks, the Niners routinely exceeded expectations last season. They were the favorites to win it all by December and are once again towards the top of the board in terms of futures odds.
To bet on long-term bets on the Niners, go to the Team Futures tab at your online sportsbook and choose between betting on the Super Bowl Winner, Conference Winner, Division Winner, or Win Totals. These bets all have plus odds, and will be paid out at the end of the season if successful. For example, if the Niners are +450 to win the NFC at DraftKings Sportsbook, so a $20 bet on them to win the NFC would profit $90.
There are a few different ways to bet on individual 49ers games, including the simple method of taking the moneyline. The moneyline is a way to bet on the winner of an NFL game without a point spread. Odds vary depending on how likely the team is to win, so the 49ers were -373 in the NFC Championship last year when they predictably crushed the Packers once again. They were also -457 ahead of a regular season loss to the Falcons, indicating the value of betting an underdog on the moneyline at times.
The Niners were excellent against the point spread last year thanks to their ability to play from ahead. This season, they’ll likely be favored in more games with a couple of easy matchups against the NFC East on tap. A point spread handicaps the favored team by setting a line around a key number such as 7.5 or 10.5, which would mean the Niners have to beat the Jets by at least 11 points if the spread is 10.5 for a bet to be successful.
As mentioned above, the Niners started slow offensively before taking off behind a strong rushing attack. They stand to continue improvement this season under Shanahan, who is an offensive mastermind. With Samuel, Aiyuk, and Benjamin serving as versatile weapons and TE George Kittle arguably the best player in the game at his position, Garoppolo should be able to move this offense without much difficulty.
You can target the Niners offense by betting the over on point totals, which usually sit somewhere between 40 and 50 points. This refers to the combined point total between the Niners and their opponents, so consider the venue, weather, and strength of the opposing offense before placing any bets. A good example is the 49ers at Saints game last year, which had a modest 45-point total. The 49ers won, 48-46, in a shootout, so the over paid off with ease.
You can take prop bets on individual 49ers players such as Jimmy Garoppolo. Found under the Player Totals tab, these “prop bets” set a number on a player’s expected production over a 16-game season. Garoppolo is projected to pass for 3,950.5 yards and 26.5 TDs according to DK Sportsbook. Take the over or under on those props with -110 odds.
Parlays and teasers
If you feel particularly confident about a result in a 49ers game and want to up the odds, you can always parlay their games with another contest. A parlay refers to combining bets from multiple games or different lines in the same game with improved payouts if all bets are successful. It’s a risky strategy, since the bets pay nothing if even one is not successful.
A teaser is a method that is less risky because it combines bets but “teases” the point spread or total down to a more comfortable range, with less enticing odds than a parlay.
49ers 2019 recap
The Niners finished atop the NFC with a 13-3 record and cruised past the Vikings and Packers to reach the Super Bowl last season. They led, 20-10, heading into the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, but Jimmy Garoppolo made a couple costly mistakes and Patrick Mahomes made the Niners pay in a 31-20 comeback win. Head coach Kyle Shanahan notably played a part in blowing a 28-3 lead in the SB when he was OC for the Falcons, so another collapse tarnishes his legacy.
Yet Shanahan put together a dominant team with a strong offense and his vibrant DC Robert Saleh will remain on staff this season. Under Saleh, the Niners finished second in DVOA pass defense, yards allowed per game, and third-down conversion rate allowed. With Raheem Mostert taking over as lead back, the Niners offense was second in rush play percentage and first in rushing TDs produced per game. But San Francisco struggled in the red zone with a 55.5% conversion rate (20th in the NFL) and Garoppolo will have to be better in tight areas if this offense is to become truly elite.
The Niners were darlings against the spread (ATS) last season with a 9-4 record ATS against teams outside of the NFC West. They went 6-2 ATS on the road and 5-1 when listed as underdogs.
While five of their first six games went under the assigned point total, Niners games were 8-4-1 going over the point total after their offense began to take form.
49ers 2020 offseason moves
Key trade departure: DeForest Buckner, DT (to Colts)
Key re-signings: Arik Armstead, DT (five years, $85 million); Dontae Johnson, CB; Jason Verrett, CB; Jimmie Ward, S (three years, $28.5 million)
Key free-agent losses: Emmanuel Sanders, WR (to Saints); Sheldon Day, DT (to Colts), Elijah Lee, LB (to Lions), Levine Toilolo, TE (to Giants)
Key free-agent signings: Trent Williams, OT (from Redskins); Tom Compton, OG (from Jets); Travis Benjamin, WR (from Chargers); Kerry Hyder, LB (from Jets); Joe Walker, LB (from Cardinals)
Key draft picks: Javon Kinlaw, DT (1st round); Brandon Aiyuk, WR (1st round), TE Charlie Woerner (6th round)
Emmanuel Sanders is an incredibly valuable veteran leader, but his on-field value seemed to diminish as the season wore on for the 49ers. Rookie Deebo Samuel became the Niners leading WR and they’ll hope that Arizona State product Brandon Aiyuk can provide another versatile presence as a threat in the passing, running, and return game. Veteran WR Travis Benjamin is also a versatile receiver with excellent speed. The Niners made a splash around the NFL draft by signing former Redskins LT Trent Williams, who sat out last season.
Re-signing Arik Armstead and drafting stud DT Javon Kinlaw helps mitigate the loss of DeForest Buckner. The Niners had one of the deepest defensive lines ever assembled last year and should remain quite fierce at the point of attack. Jimmie Ward returns to form an elite safety tandem with Jaquiski Tartt and the Niners also have incredible depth at CB.