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|San Francisco 49ers||+9
|New Orleans Saints||-9
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After seeing what the Saints did to the Bucs last week, it seems to reason they will do the same or worst to these banged-up 49ers and easily cover this spread at home.
Saints -9 (-110)
|49ers vs Saints Information|
|What||San Francisco 49ers vs New Orleans Saints|
|Where||Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA|
|When||Sun, November 15, 2020; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
The San Francisco 49ers are truly banged up with six former Pro Bowlers currently on Injured Reserve, plus their QB Jimmy Garoppolo and his bum ankle are out, so this team is basically a poster child for the Next Man Up campaign of 2020.
Those of us who expected a competitive game between the Saints and Bucs in Week 9 got a huge surprise as New Orleans flew to an easy 38-3 win over the extremely talented (and GOAT enhanced) Tampa squad, so it will be a much easier walk in the park in Week 10 for quarterback Drew Brees against these injury-plagued Niners.
These two cross-divisional rivals have met each other 77 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the New Orleans Saints winning 26 of those games and the San Francisco 49ers winning 49, plus there have been 2 ties.
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Of the fifteen San Francisco players who are listed on injured reserve right now, a half dozen of them are Pro Bowl-caliber, meaning this team is having to compete with mostly their second string, which is never a solid recipe for victory.
Some of the big names the team has lost so far this season – DE Dee Ford (neck), C Ben Garland (calf), WR Jalen Hurd (knee – ACL), TE George Kittle (foot), and RB Raheem Mostert (ankle).
This is a next-man-up league that endures zero excuses, so this team has to get it done regardless of the cards they have been dealt, but against this fiery Saints team, it could be more difficult than ever to find a W.
In the NFL, 41-years old is considered elderly, but Drew Brees seems ageless on the field right now leading his talented Saints to a 6-2 record and first place in the NFC South division a game ahead of the team they just crashed last week, the Buccaneers.
Brees has put up some impressive numbers this year – he has completed 211-of-285 passes for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions and currently leads the league in completion percentage with his 74.0.
The Saints and Brees are notoriously rusty at first during a season, but they look to be in full swing after that lopsided Week 9 divisional win they just achieved, so expect them to have another big game against this battered and bruised 49ers team as they get themselves ready for the postseason.
Never easy for a backup QB to jump in midseason and take over the reins of the offense, but that is what Nick Mullens has been asked to do with starter Jimmy Garoppolo now out and on the IR list for the foreseeable future.
Mullens is in his third NFL season and has a 4-7 record in the games he has started, but he has shown himself to be a reliable QB with an accurate arm, completing 68.4 percent of his passes this year.
This 49ers team is so banged up that nobody expects much from them at this point in the season, and that lack of pressure could be just what Mullens needs to step in and make do with the players he does have and help find his team at least a couple more wins in 2020, though most likely not in this one.
Saints star receiver Michael Thomas was finally back after dealing with an ankle injury and in Week 9 he caught 5 balls for 51 yards in the Saints big win over the Buccaneers, a good sign for a playmaker who has had trouble getting onto the field.
HC Sean Payton says Thomas is on a “pitch count,” meaning he will be used in a limited capacity to make sure his ankle doesn’t have to endure too many reps, proof that his return to health is prioritized.
Thomas had some other issues earlier in the season involving him punching a teammate in practice, but he is too valuable a star on the field to not be used and highly targeted, especially as they run to the postseason begins.
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