I'm incredibly psyched for the 49ers-Saints game on Saturday (I'll actually be watching it at 5:30 AM local time from Shanghai, so that will be interesting), but recently heard someone mention that everyone on Inside the NFL chose the 49ers to win. And then, I saw this on the home page of NFL.com:
Note the text in the green box -- it says, "Experts predict 49ers' win" -- this again was shocking to me -- as much as I think the Niners can win (they have a crushing defense, are almost fully healthy aside from Delanie Walker, it's on grass and the 49ers finally have homefield advantage back, among other reasons), I think the national perception is that the Saints are an almost unstoppable force, and that the 49ers simply can't run with them.
So, I clicked through to see what group of experts had collectively chosen the 49ers to beat the Saints, and saw...this:
So, sure some experts are predicting a 49ers win ... but MORE of them are choosing Nawlinz. Somebody done goofed. And hey, for a team that most didn't think would be .500, let alone 13-3, can't the 49ers enjoy a bit of their underdog status? C'mon, man!
Oh, and one more thing: