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Possible Super Bowl Preview: 49ers Vs. Broncos

When you look at the future odds, both the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos are at the top of that list. The Broncos are 4/1 favorites to win it all at the moment. Meanwhile, go a two more teams down the list and you will fine the 49ers with the fourth best odds in the league, wih 9/1 0dds, of winning the Super Bowl.

The future of those future odds for the 49ers really hinges on this game. If they win, they will likely move past the San Diego Chargers as the team with the third best odds at a Super Bowl title. If they lose they will likely begin to fall down the list.

The 49ers had a rough start to the season that saw their future odds go as low as No. 8. After performing at a higher level the last three weeks they find themselves among the top tier teams again and that is where Jim Harbaug is used to having his team.

Since 2012, Harbugh’s second year as coach, the 49ers  are 31-12-1 with a 4-2 postaseason record and have not been under 6 point underdogs.

That is until today, when they take on the Broncos. The 49ers walk into this game as -7-point underdogs. The Broncos are the favorites, as they ussually are

The line opened at 6.5 and has since settled at 7.

This is going to be a hard game to determine who to bet on for those who have no emotional investment in either team. Both teams have been playing well and both teams have covered the spread two games in a row. The 49ers are 2-1 when playing away from home this season, while the Broncos are 15-11-1 against the spread and 24-3 straight up as six-points-or-more favorites since they brought Peyton Manning on board.

The total is set at 48 points. The Broncos have hit the over in 15 of 23 home games since Manning joined. However, betting on the over/under is going to be tricky, as the 49ers have a track record of hitting the under (3-1) in games with a total of 49 points.

Each team have a clear strategy as to what they need to do in order to slow down the opposing team, but that is easy said than done.

The Broncos want to stop the run and contain Colin Kaepernick. Entering this game the Broncos are ranked fifth in run defense, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, the ‘Niners know they need to put pressure on Manning and force him to make passes in uncomfortable situations. In their last game the ‘Niners sacked St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis five times. While they will not likely get to Manning that many times they will still need to find a way to put pressure on him.

This game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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