The only people that love Nick Mullens more than 49er fans this week are the bookies after Mullens was able to lead San Francisco to a 34-3 shellacking of the shameful Raiders. Once it was announced, shortly before game time, that Mullens would take his first regularseason snaps, bettors were quick to the windows to bet the heck out of Oakland in an effort to grab any points still available. When the frenzy settled just before kickoff, action had driven San Fran from a three-point favourite to a 1.5-point underdog before Mullens and the Niners clobbered their unsuspecting guests, enabling the house to start Week 9 lucratively on the house’s side of the ledger…Not sure if this has ever happened before but the Ravens are favoured by 2½ points for the fourth consecutive week, covering twice and failing once. They’ll face the Steelers today where 14 of the past 18 encounters between the two rivals has seen one side favoured by either 3 or 3½ points…Falcons are back from their bye and are seeking their first road win of the season. Atlanta backers are also hoping the team can snap a 0-5 streak when they are underdogs. It may not be easy vs. host Washington as the ’Skins are on a 5-0 pointspread run…While Packers vs. Patriots is an intriguing Sunday nighter, Rams/Saints is the marquee game of the week. Openers saw New Orleans as a slight favourite but money came the Rams’ way, pushing Los Angeles to a small chalk now. The Rams have been favoured in every game this season and by seven points or more in their previous seven games. Despite all of the success to this point, this southern California team has just one cover in its past five games with a 1-3-1 against the spread (ATS) mark. Conversely, New Orleans has been churning out dollars for its backers with five straight covers. Rams remain the league’s only undefeated team and as luck would have it, the last team to start the season 8-0 before winning the Super Bowl were none other than the 2009 New Orleans Saints…The astute gang over at oddsshark.com informs us that for whatever reason, the Vikings are sharp when their bye week awaits, upcoming after today’s game with Detroit.