The New England Patriots are not used to nursing a losing record, but that’s what they are dealing with right now, as they head to Week 7’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners will be led by Jimmy Garoppoolo, who’s no stranger to playing in Foxboro, having spent his early years in the pros with the Pats.
Betting Preview for the San Francisco 49ers vs New England Patriots Regular Season Week 7 Game on October 25, 2020
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
When: Sunday, October 25, 2020, 4:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the San Francisco 49ers (+2)
Regular Season Record: 3-3
The Niners’ 24-16 home win against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday probably is the most important win to date this season. It might have prevented San Francisco from careening off the division race and also allowed Jimmy Garoppolo to get his confidence back. After an embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 5 wherein he was benched (or not depending on who you believe), Garoppolo demanded some lost respect back by throwing for 268 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions on 23-of-33 completions. It was a bad-needed reminder of why he’s paid by the 49ers a fortune to call signals under center for the team. The 49ers need Garoppolo to be just as effective against New England, but Jimmy GQ also needs his offensive line to show up once again. Garoppolo did not take a sack against Aaron Donald and the Rams, so the expectation of the 49ers’ offensive line is high heading into Week 7.
The 49ers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games away from the Bay.
Betting on the New England Patriots (-2)
Regular Season Record: 2-3
From a certain perspective, the Patriots’ 18-12 home loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday was more understandable than surprising. For one, the Patriots had to go through a COVID-19 ordeal that limited their practice time and forced them into an unscheduled bye. But if that is now all behind them now, the Patriots should be a whole lot better when they face the 49ers this weekend. Cam Newton played his first game since recovering from the coronavirus and passed for just 157 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions on 17-of-25 completions. The Broncos made a concerted effort to take away the Patriots’ rushing attack and let Newton to pass more, but while they succeeded, the 49ers may not be as successful if they go that same route, as New England is likely in a much better form this week, given all the rusts it has finally shaken off by Sunday. The Patriots are third in the NFL with a 49.85 rush play percentage and second with 167.2 rushing yards per game.
The Patriots are also 2-1 against the spread in their last three games at home.
The Patriots win, 24-20.
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