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Bet on the NFL  In a battle of the NFC West, we have the third place San Francisco 49ers, who have a record of 5-9-0 going into the Holiday weekend, traveling to St. Louis this Sunday, the day after Christmas to take on their division rivals, and the team to beat in the NFC West, the St. Louis Rams. Currently holding court at the top of the division, the Rams go into the Holiday weekend with a 6-8-0 record. The San Francisco 49ers are in a bit of a panic as they are coming into that point of the season where it’s make it or break it. If Seattle and St. Louis both win this weekend, the 49ers' slim playoff hopes are officially gone. That's because the Seahawks and Rams face off in the final game of the season in Seattle -- which means one of them would wind up with eight victories and the division title in the awful NFC West. Unlock HQ Video HQ video delivered by Akamai Even if San Francisco (5-9) wins at St. Louis next Sunday and home against the Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 2, it might not be enough. The 49ers need help. There has been plenty of speculation that 49ers owner John York and his team president son, Jed, will be searching for a new head coach come January. Coach Mike Singletary still has two years left on his contract.

Online Sportsbook lists the Rams as the minus two point home favorites for this Holiday matchup. The Total Over Under is listed at 39.5 points.

The Rams are having trouble preparing for this weekend’s game however, as the are unsure which QB to prep for. The 49ers have not indicated which quarterback they will start on Sunday. While head coach Mike Singletary said in a press conference that he was unsure of who he was going with, you can be sure that this is completely untrue. The 49ers have a long week to prepare for the Rams, as they played a Thursday game. This means that the coaching staff has had since Friday to prepare. The tape has been evaluated and the 49ers probably know sometime on Saturday who they were going with. The problem is that Troy Smith and Alex Smith are two very different athletes. Both QB’s are great with the throw on the run, but their two different styles make it hard for the Rams to be ready this weekend until the announcement is made.


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