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San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints 11/15/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The San Francisco 49ers visit the New Orleans Saints on 11/15/2020 at 4:25PM.

San Francisco and New Orleans face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. San Francisco has a record of 4-5 this season. New Orleans is 6-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

San Francisco Team Defense Preview

San Francisco faces 6.0 plays per drive, this defense gives up 30.8 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.14 points per offensive possession. On 41.5% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 10.6% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 29.2 and these drives typically last 2:44.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 92.8 and 2.7% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.San Francisco has forced a sack rate of 4.9% this season.

We will get more situational with San Francisco and examine various situations. They have faced 108 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 44 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 40.7%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 10 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 6 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 50.0%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 22 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 13 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 59.1%.

San Francisco Team Offense Preview

San Francisco has run 6.2 plays per drive and they generate 35.9 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.44 points per drive. On 41.5% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 12.8% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 27.4 and these drives typically last 3:01.

On 4.2% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.9% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. San Francisco has yielded 23 sacks this season and there were 176 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 4.4 yards per carry and for 119.0 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 9 times this season.

Examining San Francisco in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 102 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 43 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 42.2%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 9 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 3 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 33.3%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 33 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 23 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 69.7%.

New Orleans Team Defense Preview

New Orleans faces 6.0 plays per drive, this defense gives up 30.0 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.42 points per offensive possession. 42.2% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 9.6% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 26.5 and these drives typically last 2:45.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 99.1 and 2.5% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.New Orleans has forced a sack rate of 7.3% this season.

We will get more situational with New Orleans and examine various situations. They have faced 105 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 47 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 44.8%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 15 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 9 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 54.5%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 25 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 20 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 80.0%.

New Orleans Team Offense Preview

New Orleans has 6.5 plays per drive, this offense averages 36.8 yards per drive, and they score 2.79 points per offensive possession. 50.6% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 8.2% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 32.2 yard line, they typically last 3:07.

On 5.8% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and 1.0% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.New Orleans has given up 10 sacks this season and this has resulted in 70 yards lost.

New Orleans rushed for 4.1 yards per carry and for 121.6 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 13 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the New Orleans and examine various situations. They have had 107 third down attempts this season and have converted 55 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 51.4%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 8 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 62.5%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 36 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 23 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 63.9%.

The San Francisco Roster

The Players to Watch for San Francisco

Nick Mullens QB 6-1 210

This season, Nick Mullens has put up 1143 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 94.9thus far this season. Nick Mullens has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Nick Mullens has -2 rushing yards, which puts him in the 7.81 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 7 times this season, which puts him in the 20.31 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Jerick McKinnon RB 5-9 205

This season, Jerick McKinnon has 261 rushing yards on 59 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Jerick McKinnon picked up 173 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 24 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Brandon Aiyuk WR 6-0 205

This season, Brandon Aiyuk picked up 371 yards. He caught the ball 28 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

D.J. Jones DT 6-0 321

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for San Francisco, D.J. Jones has 9 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 79.31 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Kerry Hyder DE 6-2 270

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for San Francisco, Kerry Hyder has 16 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 73.39 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jimmie Ward FS 5-11 193

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for San Francisco, Jimmie Ward had 28 tackles which puts him in the 55.97 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jimmie Ward as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 23.21 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Emmanuel Moseley CB 5-11 184

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for San Francisco, Emmanuel Moseley had 29 tackles which puts him in the 82.65 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Emmanuel Moseley as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 65.22 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The New Orleans Roster

The Players to Watch for New Orleans

Drew Brees QB 6-0 209

This season, Drew Brees has put up 2120 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 110.3thus far this season. Drew Brees has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Drew Brees has 2 rushing yards, which puts him in the 15.62 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 14 times this season, which puts him in the 46.88 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2 rushing touchdowns this season.

Alvin Kamara RB 5-10 215

This season, Alvin Kamara has 471 rushing yards on 96 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Alvin Kamara picked up 565 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 60 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Emmanuel Sanders WR 5-11 180

This season, Emmanuel Sanders picked up 342 yards. He caught the ball 30 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

David Onyemata DT 6-4 300

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for New Orleans, David Onyemata has 7 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 3 times this season, which put him in the 92.24 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Cameron Jordan DE 6-4 287

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for New Orleans, Cameron Jordan has 19 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 46.77 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson SS 5-11 210

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for New Orleans, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson had 36 tackles which puts him in the 81.34 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 23.21 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Marshon Lattimore CB 6-0 192

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for New Orleans, Marshon Lattimore had 31 tackles which puts him in the 86.73 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Marshon Lattimore as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 65.22 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 26 New Orleans Saints 25

Spread Pick: San Francisco +10 -116 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: San Francisco +385 matchbook
Total Pick: Over 48 -110 Bookmaker