NFL Preview Cardinals vs 49ers

The Arizona Cardinals have been plagued by turnovers of late and might be without veteran Carson Palmer who is considered day-to-day with a concussion.  Drew Stanton struggled after taking over for Carson Palmer last Sunday. He completed 4-of-11 passes in a 17-13 loss to division rival Los Angeles Rams. He also threw two interceptions and looked really unprepared to lead the team. The 49ers started the season with a 28-0 whipping of those same Rams but since then they have given up an average of 458.3 yards and 35.7 points per game in a 3 game losing streak.

When: 8:25 PM ET, Thursday, October 6, 2016
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network.
LINE: Cardinals -4. ( it is -4 at some sportsbooks and -4.5 at others)
Total: 43
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About the Arizona Cardinals (1-3):

David Johnson is one of the bright spots for the Cardinals offense this season with (64 carries, 300 yards, three TDs)  and 510 yards total yards this season. Last week in the loss to the Rams he had 124 total yards (83 rushing, 41 receiving).

In their last action, Arizona was a 17-13 loser at home against the Rams. They failed to cover the -10-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (30) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Arizona:
Team record: 1-3 SU,1-3 ATS
Arizona is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Arizona is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Arizona’s last 12 games
Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
Arizona is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Arizona’s last 11 games on the road
Arizona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Arizona is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing San Francisco
Arizona is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona’s last 9 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
Arizona is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
Arizona is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Francisco

About the San Francisco 49ers (1-3):

San Francisco defense has been shredded for yards but has tried to offset that by getting turnovers. They had eight takeaways in its first three games and they have scored a league-best 45 points off the turnovers. However, when they fail to get turnovers the defense is in trouble like last week against the Cowboys when they didn’t force a single turnover in the game. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s fourth interception of the season ended the 49ers chance of a victory against the Cowboys last week.

San Francisco was a 24-17 loser in its last match at home against the Cowboys. They failed to cover the +1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 41 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

San Francisco:
Team record: 1-3 SU,1-3 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
San Francisco is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
San Francisco is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
San Francisco is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
San Francisco is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
San Francisco is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 5 games at home
San Francisco is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Arizona
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Francisco’s last 9 games when playing at home against Arizona
San Francisco is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Arizona

Cardinals vs 49ers Prediction

The Cardinals will most likely be without Carson Palmer on Thursday and this pick is based on him not starting. Drew Stanton is not the answer at quarterback. We see this situation over and over again. A team with legitimate Super Bowl ability goes cheap on the backup quarterback only to see the season potentially blowup in their face when the starter is hurt. Palmer should be back in a week or two so the season isn’t a loss but this needs to be a warning to the team to make a trade for a real backup.

The 49ers offense has been a joke and in large part it is a team effort. The offensive line has not protected the quarterback and they have not found a consistent running game. No reason for that to change in this game as both offenses should be limited in production. The line is either Cardinals -4 or -4.5 depending on where you bet and that is about right as far as I am concerned. My bet in this game is the under. I like more field goals to be kicked than touchdowns scored.

Cardinals vs 49ers Pick: Under 43