Angle You Didn’t Expect From the 49ers Planning to Hang Out East Between Weeks 3 and 4 (again)

Like they did last year, the 49ers are spending a week away from home between weeks 3 and 4. Last year, after beating Cincinnati in week 3, the 49ers spent the week in a Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio (outside Youngstown) as they prepped for a game at Philadelphia. Apparently, the team’s bonding wasn’t enough to prevent them from going down 23-3, but it did give them the motivation to erase a 3 TD deficit and win 24-23.

This season, the team will build on that experience. Between a week 3 road game in Minnesota and a week 4 road game in New York, the team will spend another week in Ohio (its not yet been revealed if they will stay at the Holiday Inn again, although it is the town’s nicest hotel, followed closely by Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn) before they travel to the New York Jets to play a week 4 game.

While most casual fans likely believe that a West coast team traveling for back to back games far from home is a huge disadvantage, the facts will surprise:

The last 25 years, teams from the West coast who have traveled at least to the Central time zone in their prior game and now play in the Eastern time zone (after week 2) are 23-20 SU but a huge 30-11-2 ATS in that 2nd game. In fact, in a run dating back to 2007, these teams are 9-1-1 ATS.

Cantor Gaming opened the 49ers as +1 point underdogs in their week 4 game @ the New York Jets and a -4.5 point favorite week 3 @ the Minnesota Vikings.

Based on the above information, coupled with the fact that the Vikings are the worst home underdog in non-divisional games in the NFL (since 2005, they are 1-8 SU/ATS, losing by over 11 ppg), the 49ers right now look to be very attractive in these two road games.

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