San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals: Preview and Pick
- Updated: December 28, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers said goodbye to their famed football field with a big win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night Football. Although that victory assured the 49ers would be returning to the post season, there is still plenty of reason to play in the finale in the desert. Their opponent, the Arizona Cardinals recently upset the Seattle Seahawks at home and is flexing their wings down the stretch as they try and sneak into the post season along with the 49ers. To do that they know they have to win out.
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Preview
The NFL odds for this game will be released a bit later because of the fact that the 49ers played on Monday night and will be traveling for the short week. However you can be assured that this will be a small number as the odds makers are forced to respect the Cardinals after the big win in Seattle.
If the 49ers hope to win they will have to protect their quarterback. The Cardinals send 5 or more pass rushers more than any other team in the league (48.4 pct of dropbacks). But what has really keyed their improvement on defense has been the performance of their standard pass rush (4 or fewer pass rushers). They have been blitzing much less during their last 8 games, and their standard rush has been much better. The Cardinals will have to work on protecting the football.
Carson Palmer has thrown multiple interceptions for the 7th game this season, tied with Geno Smith for the most multi-Int games this season.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have positive trends coming into this big game. The 49ers are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, 24-7-1 ATS in their last 32 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game and 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a win, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. This game is a must win for the Cardinals and it will be interesting to see how she responds.
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check the forum during the week and on the day of the game to get the latest and most up to date information on the game.