2010 NFL Predictions & Betting Odds: Can the 49ers Finally Take the Next Step? Considering making the San Francisco 49ers one of your 2010 NFL predictions? A year ago, the San Francisco 49ers were “the pick” to win the NFC West but they staggered through an 8-8 NFL picks season and have been posted with 20-1 NFL odds to win the NFC Championship in 2010. The biggest problem for the San Francisco 49ers and a winning set of NFL predictions was on the offensive side of the ball, where they ranked in the bottom half in both passing and rushing yards. With no major off-season acquisitions, improvement will have to come from within.
The nucleus of young skill players is back from 2009 for this years 2010 NFL predictions matchups, including quarterback Alex Smith, running back Frank Gore, receivers Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan, and tight end Vernon Davis. Smith must improve his accuracy if his team is going to get better. He’ll have Crabtree around for the entire NFL picks season and they could make a dangerous combo. Davis is tough in the red zone. Gore had a double-digit touchdown season last year but he was inconsistent. Better play from him would help the 49ers make your NFL predictions winners. The line is anchored by guard Joe Staley and first round pick guard Mike Iupati.
Mike Singletary’s defense was one of the best at stopping the run but gave-up too many passing plays in the 2010 NFL picks season. Manny Lawson and Patrick Willis lead a group of linebackers that are the heart and soul of the defense, with Willis making 152 tackles in 2009. Shawntae Spencer and Nate Clements need to make more plays in the secondary, and Michael Lewis is steady at safety.
Though the 49ers are not a trendy option for your 2010 NFL predictions, they could make strides if Smith continues to make strides at quarterback and could surprise in the NFC West.
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