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Odds and ends for Week 17 in the NFL

December 28, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Coach Jim Harbaugh head into Sunday's game against the Cardinals a huge favorite after coming off a 42-13 loss to the Seahawks.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Coach Jim Harbaugh head into Sunday's… (Stephen Brashear / Getty…)

The San Francisco 49ers are favored by 16-1/2 points to beat Arizona on Sunday in a game that likely will decide the NFC West champion.

If the 49ers win -– or if Seattle loses to St. Louis -– San Francisco will win its second consecutive division crown and play host to a playoff game.

According to odds expert R.J. Bell of, the 49ers have not been that big of a favorite since 1998, and the Cardinals have not been that much of an underdog since 1978.

Other observations by Bell on Week 17 games:

-- Cincinnati is favored over Baltimore for the first time since 1998.

-- Denver is favored by 16 over Kansas City, the biggest favorite the Broncos have ever been.

-- In the last 27 times his team has been a home favorite, Washington’s Mike Shanahan is 5-22 against the spread. That said, Shanahan has never lost against the spread when facing a Dallas Cowboys team coached by Jason Garrett.

-- Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin has never lost when taking the field with a losing record.

-- Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson needs to run for at least 208 yards against Green Bay to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Las Vegas says there’s an 18% chance of that happening.


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