As we all prepare for tonight’s game between the 49ers and Ravens, there a few chores many of us must take care of. Most people will be out buying beer, making dips or cleaning their homes for a Super Bowl party, I’ll be figuring out what team I want to lay an irresponsible amount of money on this evening. Naturally, I wanted to see what the cavalry of former players ESPN employs to yell predictions had to say. And after a quick examination of the little logos on the screen, it appears most of their experts have decided to roll with the 49ers.
As for me? Here’s what I’ve concluded.
Obviously, this game figures to be extremely competitive. The Ravens are a four-point underdog which is a pretty significant number given that many believe Baltimore will win the game outright. But it’s often said that if something is too good to be true, well, it probably is. Some may look at this as an opportunity to bet Baltimore at tremendous value, but this line suggests to me that Vegas is begging you to take Baltimore, and if that’s the case, then it’s probably for a reason. The 49ers were a better team in what I believe was a better conference this season. And as impressive as Baltimore’s run has been, I believe San Francisco is a deeper and more dynamic squad. I think it’ll be close, but I’ll take the 49ers to cover. Let’s call it 30-24.