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49ers Are Home Favorites Against the Chargers in Week 16

San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers Preview

Start Time: Saturday, December 20th 2014 at 8:25pm ET
Location: Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California
Station: CBS

The San Francisco 49ers 7-7 (6-8 ATS) are out of the playoff race after losing three in a row. They host the San Diego Chargers 8-6 (6-8 ATS) on Saturday night. There are two NFL games on the schedule Saturday night, so make sure you place your bets in time.

It doesn’t appear that the 49ers have quit on Jim Harbaugh, but the offense clearly needs to be adjusted by next season. San Diego is still in the playoff hunt in the AFC, but things are looking bad after losing two consecutive home games to conference opponents.

Chargers vs. 49ers Betting Lines

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Most of the action is on the Chargers to cover ATS and to win SU on the money line and I can’t fault the public. The total is low and I have a gut feeling that we’re going to see plenty of points now that all of the pressure is off of the 49ers offense to perform.

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San Francisco has been poor on offense all season, but the defense is still amongst the best in the NFL. The Chargers defense has had a great year with the talent that they have, but the offense has dealt with injuries and struggled to find any consistency.

Bet on SD to Beat SF in NFL Week 16 Action

I hate that the public is all over the Chargers, but I can’t pass them up because they’re still playing for something. At this point in the season I tend to bet on teams that are still fighting for a playoff spot, especially when their opponent is out of the playoff race.

SF is still one of the best defensive teams in the league, as they’re only allowing 206.0 PYPG (3rd) and 101.1 RYPG (8th). The 49ers are on a 3-4 run since their bye week including three straight losses, but they’ve only allowed over 20+ points twice during that stretch.

San Diego comes into this match-up averaging 250.1 PYPG (11th) and 82.6 RYPG (31st) on offense. The key to beating the 49ers is to score points on their stingy defense. Ryan Matthews is likely still out this week, which means Philip Rivers will need a big outing.

The Chargers have looked bad the last two weeks, but they had to play the Patriots and Broncos. Prior to that the Chargers beat the Ravens on the road and Rivers was incredible, but it also wasn’t that long ago when the Chargers were shutout against Miami.

That’s what I mean by the consistency of this team. You never really know what to expect out of them. As a defensive unit SD has been giving up 228.2 PYPG (9th) and 108.6 RYPG (13th). The 49ers need to get the run game going to stand a chance in this game.

San Francisco averages 115.4 RYPG (13th), but just 198.7 PYPG (28th). Colin Kaepernick is having his worst season in the NFL by a long shot and I don’t know what to expect out of him in the future. However, Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde should find running room.

Chargers vs. 49ers Predictions

SD has actually won the last three match-ups in the H2H series against the 49ers. That even surprised me, but the Chargers have had their number over the years despite not playing that often. I’m taking the Chargers ML, as I expect this H2H trend to continue.

The 49ers are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games. Levi Stadium hasn’t been kind to the 49ers this year, as they’re just 3-3 SU at their new stadium. Rivers will move the football enough to outscore a Niners offense that may not put up more than 10 points.

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