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Bet on the NFL This weekend the 49ers will take on the Rams in a battle of the NFC West. San Francisco has suggested that they are looking to start Troy Smith as quarterback this weekend. Alex Smith started the in the last two games, but 49ers coach Mike Singletary is going back to Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State who joined San Francisco in September. So whey has Singletary decided to go back to Troy instead of Alex Smith? Well one reason to consider when betting on football, is that Troy beat the Rams and the Cards in previous games.

The Rams and the Cards are the two teams left for San Francisco to face this season.

As for those last two games, if the the 49ers, who are currently (5-9), win their final two games, they could finish in a three-way tie with the St. Louis and Seattle, and may even have a chance to claim the NFC West title. This feat would mean the Niners first trip to the playoffs in seven seasons. Don’t forget Jed York's announcement that San Francisco would rebound from an 0-5 start to reach the postseason, we’ll see how strong his fortune telling skills really are.

Rookie Troy Smith first got his chance to take over for Smith when the QB suffered a shoulder injury during a Oct. 24 game against the Carolina Panthers. He did so well and impressed enough so to keep the position well after the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick was ready to get back on the field again. Troy Smith has shown a better understanding of the playbook and a hunger to play, realizing this might be his last opportunity to make a statement about his ability to be an NFL quarterback. Troy Smith had his best game as a pro during a Nov. 14 victory over St. Louis, completing 17 of 28 passes for 356 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a 116.7 rating. But nothing is for certain yet. According to the Niners offensive coordinator Mike Johnson, the team hasn't made a decision on who will start against the Rams.



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