Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers: Preview and Pick
10 Replies | 339 ViewsOn 10/08/2013 07:10 PM in NFL
The San Francisco 49ers seem like they are back on the winning track. After starting off slow and having some big and ugly losses, the 49ers are winning football games again. The big win on Sunday night football against the Houston Texans showed just how far they have come. Now they will have to try to stay on that winning track against the Arizona Cardinals this week in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the 49ers listed as double digit chalk. The 49ers are giving (-11.5) Points in this contest according to the opener and that line will most likely shift leading up to kickoff. The 49ers are getting over 60 percent of the early wagering action, so this line could easily see 12 points by kickoff, if not higher.
The 49ers are playing better football because of great defense. The 49ers called a designed run on a season-high 67.3% of their plays Sunday. They gained 118 of their 177 rushing yards before contact, the second straight week they have had more than 100 rushing yards before contact. Entering Week 4, they were 14th in the NFL with 211 yards before contact. The Cardinals also flashed some defense against the Panthers.
All of Cam Newton's sacks and interceptions Sunday came against at least five pass rushers. The Cardinals used such pressure 60% of the time against Newton, who had already faced at least five rushers on a league-high 44% of dropbacks entering the game. Patrick Peterson's second-quarter interception was his 12th since the start of 2011, tied with Tim Jennings for second-most in the NFL (Richard Sherman has 14). The Cardinals should be a team to watch in the future.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the 49ers have a tremendous edge by playing at home. San Francisco is 16-4-1 straight in its last 21 games at home and 17-7-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 25 games at home. San Francisco is 6-3 straight up in its last 9 games overall while the Cardinals are just 4-13 straight up in his last 17 games. San Francisco is 5-1 straight up in its last 6 games when playing at home against Arizona and the total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games when playing at home against Arizona.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff of this week, I will wait to announce my pick when we get closer to game day. Check back the day of the event for my pick on this great game.