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Raul's Pick: Patriots Game Could Be Closer Than YouThink

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    The New England Patriots are the favorites over the San Francisco 49ers by 13 points. (Published Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016)

    The Patriots are 13-point favorites against the 49ers. And there are so many reasons why they should dominate this game.

    They are coming off a tough loss to the Seahawks and under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, that's usually bad for the next opponent. Since 2003, they are 41 and 6 following a regular season defeat.

    Yes, they are likely without Rob Gronkowski, but let's be real here. Martellus Bennett will fill in just fine and Brady is still throwing the football.

    Oh, and the biggest thing? They are facing the 49ers, who had one win this year and eight straight losses.

    I guess you can say San Francisco has been playing better as of late, and New England does have to travel across the country. And the Patriots' defense has struggled this season, but these are the games that the Pats have to win because they are the games they should win.

    Chip Kelly shocked them last year as head coach of the Eagles. You know Belichick is reminding his guys not to look past him again.

    Here's my prediction: I don’t think the Patriots are going to win by 13. I say 10.

    New England 30.
    San Francisco 20.

    Then we're on to New York.