It was definitely easy to see this one coming. The San Francisco 49ers were favored by a touchdown for NFL picks in Week 3 on the road against the hungry Minnesota Vikings. It was the first game of the season in which San Fran was taking on a team that isn’t likely to even remotely contend for a playoff spot this year, and in the end, it came out flat and got blown out of the water in the Metrodome.
Now at 2-1 both SU and ATS, the 49ers are back at it this week on the road against the New York Jets.
The defense has to be salivating at the idea of taking on QB Mark Sanchez and the New York offense. Sanchez has complete less than half of his passes in each of his last two games, and he has the same number of touchdown passes in those efforts (two) as he does picks. Playing this game on the road might be all the more enticing, knowing that the hometown crowd is going to be on Sanchez’s case in the Big Apple, as the uproar for QB Tim Tebow continues to grow.
For the Niners though, it’s just about playing their game, and that’s something that they didn’t do on Sunday in Minneapolis.
San Francisco committed six penalties, five more than the Vikings in the loss, and it turned the ball over three times, which is very uncharacteristic for a team that takes such good care of the pigskin. QB Alex Smith didn’t complete a single pass for more than 22 yards, and a total of two runs over the course of the day went for 10 yards or more, and one of those was on a scramble by Smith.
All that the 49ers have to do this week to get back in the win column is stay committed to their game. The Jets, as we have seen in the past, will beat themselves as long as the opponent stays disciplined.
There’s a reason that San Francisco is favored by 3 ½-points on the road at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, and there’s an even bigger reason that the majority of the bets are likely to be on the Niners.