- The San Francisco 49ers odds of winning Super Bowl 54 improved from +2000 to +1600
- San Francisco drubbed the Cleveland Browns 31-3 on Monday Night Football
- The 49ers are 4-0 for the first time since 1990
Monday night, the San Francisco 49ers showed the Cleveland Browns and the rest of the NFL who is the real surprise Super Bowl contender this season.
It was supposed to be Baker Mayfield and the Browns. Instead, it’s Jimmy Garappolo and the 49ers.
San Francisco crushed Cleveland 31-3 on Monday Night Football to remain unbeaten and start a season 4-0 for the first time the halcyon days of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice in 1990.
The sportsbooks took notice. NFC West-leading 49ers moved to odds of +1600 to win Super Bowl 54. They previously listed the 49ers at +2000.
Super Bowl 54 Odds
|New England Patriots||+300|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+700|
|New Orleans Saints||+900|
|Green Bay Packers||+1200|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1600|
|Los Angeles Rams||+2000|
*Odds taken on 10/08/19.
Last week, San Francisco averaged out at Super Bowl odds of +1800.
There are just two unbeaten teams left standing in the NFL – the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (5-0) and the 4-0 49ers. The last time the Niners launched a campaign 4-0, they won 10 straight before finally tasting defeat, and went all the way to the NFC Championship Game.
Jimmy G and the @49ers are 4-0 for the first time since 1990.
That year, Joe Montana led San Francisco to a 10-0 start and an appearance in the NFC title game. pic.twitter.com/ZcIpca1Qpn
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 8, 2019
Against the Browns, the 49ers rushed for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Garappolo threw for 181 yards and two TDs.
Meanwhile, the defense held Cleveland to nine first downs and 180 yards of total offense. Mayfield, the NFL’s 2018 first overall draft pick, was 8-for-22 for 100 yards and was picked off twice.
Niners defensive end Nick Bosa, the #2 pick of the 2019 draft, tormented Mayfield.
"I don't usually talk, but this game (Baker Mayfield) had it coming."
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 8, 2019
Bosa finished with four tackles, two sacks and five quarterback hits, and was in Mayfield’s grill the entire game.
Niners are for Real
Just one NFL team can boast that both their offense and their defense are rated among the top four in the NFL. That team is the 49ers.
— NFL (@NFL) October 8, 2019
San Francisco rates as the NFL’s #4 offense, averaging 427.2 yards per game. The 49ers are second overall in points per game (31.3).
Defensively, the 49ers are even better. They’re #2 in the NFL.
— NFL (@NFL) October 8, 2019
The Niners allow just 257.5 ypg. They’ve allowed the fourth-fewest points per game (14.2). San Fran shares the league lead with nine forced fumbles and is tied for second with seven interceptions.
49ers Speeding to Super Bowl?
Some NFL teams beat opponents with smashmouth football. San Francisco look more like their NFC West rivals the Los Angeles Rams, creators of the Greatest Show On Turf. Like the Rams, The 49ers run by teams. Speed is their ace in the hole.
San Francisco’s 4-0 start is the third time in franchise history it has won its first four games; the 49ers have advanced to at least the NFC championship game in each of the previous two instances they started 4-0.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2019
Monday, they were three yards shy of boasting of a pair of 100-yard rushers. Matt Breida went for 100 yards. Tevin Coleman rambled for 97.
Joe Staley was standing next to Kyle Shanahan before Jimmy Garoppolo’s 22-yard touchdown to George Kittle. Staley said Shanahan said “touchdown” and walked away before Garoppolo could even receive the snap.
“What a bada**!” Staley said about Shanahan laughing. #49ers
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) October 8, 2019
Buffalo and San Francisco are the only NFL teams with two backs in the top 20 in rushing.
Another Test Upcoming
The defending NFC Champion Rams are next up for the 49ers, and it’s a road game. It’s also their first opportunity to show that they are the new rulers of the NFC West.
It should be noted that San Fran’s four victims this season all show losing records. They are a combined 5-15.
Bosa with the epic troll of Baker after the win 🔥 pic.twitter.com/e0eRB6smze
— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) October 8, 2019
But Cleveland was supposed to be this season’s Super Bowl sleeper team. Instead, it’s the 49ers who are filling that role.
The Rams are scrapping, and have lost two in a row. It could be that Seattle is San Francisco’s biggest threat in the division.
Regardless, in a wide-open NFC, at this price, the Niners are worth a bet.
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