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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.

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