An exciting NFC West matchup takes place when the Arizona Cardinals (7-1) and San Francisco 49ers (3-4) square off at Levi Stadium. The Cardinals are coming off a disappointing loss to the Packers on Thursday night, football 24-21, while the 49ers finally got back in the win column, taking down the Bears 33-22.
The Cardinals are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season to maintain the number one seed in the NFC. Meanwhile, the 49ers are hoping to win their second straight game to stay alive in the playoff hunt. Let’s take a look at both of these teams and see how they match up against each other.
Arizona Cardinals Betting Preview: Arizona Hopes to Bounceback on Offense
The Cardinals come into this matchup no longer undefeated after coming up just short against the Packers. The good news is that the Cardinals were in a position to win the game or at least tie it with the ball in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, a miscommunication with Kyler Murray and A.J. Green led to a game-sealing interception in the endzone.
There is no panic with the Cardinals, who have been taking care of business on the offensive end all year. The offense’s biggest strength has been their ability to find the endzone and not turn the ball over. That being said, the offense didn’t do either of those things committing three turnovers and scoring just 21 points last Sunday.
Kyler Murray and the offense failed to put up 30+ points and 400 yards for just the second time this season. Murray turned the ball over twice, throwing two interceptions, while the running game only mustered 74 yards on the ground.
The offense is still one of the best units in the game, averaging 394 total yards while posting 30.8 points per game. They should have no problem bouncing back against a 49ers unit allowing almost 25 points per game.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinals have had trouble stopping the run so far in 2021, conceding 120 yards per game to opponents on the ground, and it won’t get easier with J.J. Watt out for the year. The good news for Arizona is that the defense held Aaron Rodgers to 184 yards passing and will have a favorable matchup against a struggling 49ers offense.
San Francisco 49ers Betting Preview: Jimmy G Shines in Win Over Bears
The San Francisco 49ers finally got back in the win column last Sunday and moved to 3-4 on the year thanks to some fantastic quarterback play by Jimmy Garoppolo. The Niners got their first win since the second week of the season, and their offense exploded for 33 points on the afternoon.
Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense finally got going on the road with the veteran quarterback throwing for 322 yards while running for two scores. Thanks to the passing attack, the running backs were able to cut through some holes, with Elijah Mitchell barrelling through Chicago’s defense for 137 yards and a touchdown.
The defense is the calling card for this team as they come into week nine ranked fifth in total defense while allowing a measly 196 yards through the air. The defense showed out holding Justin Fields to 175 passing yards. Be that as it may, the Niners had trouble stopping the run allowing the Bears to rush for 176 yards.
The Niners will lean on their strong defensive front to pressure Kyler Murray and keep him in the pocket. The fearsome defensive front, including Nick Bosa, recorded five sacks last week, with Bosa grabbing two.
Betting Lines & Odds
BETUS opened the line with the Cardinals as the -2.5 favorite but has since moved to a pick ’em game, with the point total set at 45.
Moneyline: 49ers -110 | Cardinals -110
Free Betting Pick
Believe it or not, I like the 49ers in this situation. The Arizona Cardinals are a great team, but I think they have hit a wall. They have ran into the injury bug, and their offense looked out of sorts against the Packers.
On the other hand, the 49ers put it all together against the Bears. Kyle Shanahan looked like he figured something out with the offense and the defense is legit. The Niners played a close game against the Cardinals when they played three weeks ago, and with the home-field advantage, I believe the 49ers can come up with the upset.