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Week 16: San Diego vs San Francisco

NFL Week #16 betting action sees the San Diego Chargers taking on the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday December 20 at the Levi’s Field in Santa Clara, California. Cappers Picks provides free NFL handicapping tips all season long. 

The Chargers have lost their last two but are still in the mix in the AFC.

NFL Odds

San Diego Chargers (8-6) vs. San Francisco 49ers (7-7)
Saturday December 20
Levi’s Field – Santa Clara, CA
NFL Betting Lines: San Francisco -1
NFL Betting Total: 40.5
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San Francisco is out in the NFC but may have bigger concerns than that.

San Diego

The Chargers had back to back home games against the best teams in the conference and lost both.

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That certainly confirms the level of this team but they are still alive in the playoff race though they are behind the eight ball. Last year this team snuck into the playoffs at the end but I don’t see that happening again this season.

They are catching San Francisco at a low point but would also have to win next week at Kansas City. That one is going to be a tough one to get.

The last couple of weeks the offense has let the team down, scoring a combined 24 points.

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The running game has been a challenge all season long and they are currently second last in the league averaging under 85ypg.

That puts a lot on Philip Rivers who just doesn’t have a lot of explosive weapons at his disposal.

This team really needs to add some juice to their offense in the offseason.

San Francisco

There is a lot of talk about the 49ers right now and none of it is good.

They are not going to make the playoffs and if you listen closely it looks like they are going to lose their coach as well. 7-7 is their record and even with all of the injuries most thought this team would be better than .500.

It is hard to tell what kind of effort you are going to get from this club over the final two weeks of the season.

Maybe Jim Harbaugh can rally the troops but he also might Petrino bomb right out of Dodge.

It is hard not to put the blame on Colin Kaepernick for the team’s struggles this season.

They are in the Top 10 on defense and can still run the ball but their passing attack averages less than 200ypg. I can’t say how much his protection has been a factor but CJ7 is just not getting it done…and the weapons are there too.

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I have some faith that he can turn things around but this season is lost.

NFL Handicapping Trends:

  • Under is 7-0 in Chargers last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • Under is 6-0 in Chargers last 6 Saturday games.
  • Under is 4-0 in Chargers last 4 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • 49ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
  • Under is 5-0 in 49ers last 5 games overall.
  • Under is 4-0 in 49ers last 4 games on grass.

NFL Prediction: San Francisco -1

Neither of these teams is in a great place right now but I think the 49ers get this done.

NFL 4* Free Score prediction: San Francisco 24 – San Diego 21

They will be motivated and even though I don’t see them playing great I think they get the victory as a small favourite. Good value here.

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