San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots: 10/25/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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New England Patriots (2-3) vs San Francisco 49ers (3-3)
Game Info: Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 4:25 pm (Gillette Stadium)
Betting Odds: New England Patriots -3 -- Over/Under: 46 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The San Francisco 49ers will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The San Francisco 49ers snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 on the season after defeating the Los Angeles Rams, 24-16, this past Sunday night. San Francisco looked outstanding after getting blown out the week before by the Miami Dolphins and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 21-6 lead. San Francisco outgained Los Angeles by a 390-311 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the 49ers was QB Jimmy Garoppolo who completed 23 of 33 passes for 268 yards & 3 TD’s.
On the season, San Francisco is averaging 24.7 ppg on 391.3 total yards per game (263.5 passing yds/g; 127.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, San Francisco has been led by RB Raheem Mostert who has 303 rushing yards (75.8 yds/g) & 1 TD on 51 carries. Mostert is also a major threat in the passing game as he has 11 receptions for 150 yards & 1 TD. Also, in the backfield has been Jerick McKinnon who has 211 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 41 carries. QB Jimmy Garoppolo has completed 63.6% of his passes for 735 yards, 7 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the 49ers have been George Kittle (30 rec, 380 yards, 2 TD), Kendrick Bourne (17 rec, 271 yards, 3 TD), Brandon Aiyuk (14 rec, 165 yards, TD), and Deebo Samuel (11 rec, 120 yards, TD).
Defensively, San Francisco is allowing their opponents to average 21.7 ppg on 329.8 total yards per game (221.5 passing yds/g; 108.3 rushing yds/g).
The New England Patriots lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-3 on the season after being defeated by the Denver Broncos, 18-12, this past Sunday. New England looked lost on the offensive end throughout the game against the Broncos defense, and although they had an opportunity late to get the victory, New England couldn’t fight all back after trailing by a 18-3 margin going into the 4th quarter. New England was outgained by Denver by a 299-288 margin and committed 3 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Patriots was QB Cam Newton who completed 17 of 25 passes for 157 yards & 2 INT while also racking up 76 rushing yards & 1 TD on 10 carries.
On the season, New England is averaging 21.8 ppg on 387.0 total yards per game (219.8 passing yds/g; 167.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, New England has been led by QB Cam Newton who has completed 68.1% of his passes for 871 yards, 2 TD, and 4 INT. Newton is also the leading rusher for the Patriots as he has 225 rushing yards & 5 TD’s on 45 carries. In the backfield with Newton has been Sony Michael (26 att, 173 yards, 2 TD), Rex Burkhead (35 att, 142 yards, 2 TD), and Damien Harris (23 att, 119 yards). The top receiving threats for the Patriots have been Julian Edelman (20 rec, 302 yards), Damiere Byrd (17 rec, 217 yards), N’Keal Harry (18 rec, 166 yards, TD), and James White (18 rec, 133 yards).
Defensively, New England is allowing their opponents to average 22.0 ppg on 352.2 total yards per game (233.0 passing yds/g; 119.2 rushing yds/g).
The 49ers are 3-3 ATS on the season and 2-0 ATS on the road this season. The Patriots are 2-3 ATS on the season and 2-1 ATS at home this season.
I imagine the public is going to be heavy on San Francisco 49ers, however, I’m not going to get too caught up on last week’s results, especially when it comes to the Patriots as they really didn’t get too much practice prior to their Denver game due to COVID-19. San Francisco has their offensive weapons back, however, going on the road agianst a New England defense is also a challenge and as I expect the Patriots offense to look better against what is a banged up 49ers defense, I think Bill Belichick and the Patriots bounce back with a win here and cover this low, home spread. Good Luck!