Free NFL Prediction: Cardinals vs 49ers
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Week 5 – Thursday Night Football
(1-3) Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-3)
Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 8:26 PM
Venue: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
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A pair of 1-3 teams meet on Thursday Night Football as the Arizona Cardinals head into San Francisco.
The Cardinals have been the biggest disappointment on the season, while the 49ers 1-3 start was quite expected.
Both teams will look to get themselves back into the NFL West race with a victory here.
Arizona has struggled to start the season as they find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
The Cardinals lone win on the season has come against a weak Buccaneers team in Week 2 while their losses to New England, Buffalo, and now the Rams have them in the cellar of the NFC West.
The Cardinals latest loss saw them fall at home to the Rams, who had QB Carson Palmer completely shut down.
Palmer finished with 288 yards and threw a pick before leaving the game with a concussion. Palmer is not expected to play here as he has to pass concussion protocol on short rest.
With Palmer down, Drew Stanton will step into the fire here. Stanton went just 4 of 11 in relief for Palmer in the loss to the Rams and threw 2 crucial picks late in the game.
Look for the Cardinals to utilize their run game here a lot on Thursday night. RB David Johnson has rushed for 83 yards in back to back weeks, but has yet to eclipse the 100 yard mark.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have dropped 3 straight games since shutting out the Rams in Week 1, as losses to Carolina, Seattle, and now Dallas have them tied with the Cardinals for last place.
San Francisco has been a struggle offensively, as they average just 292 yards per game. QB Blaine Gabbert has been the main problem as the passing game for the 49ers has thrown for just 178.8 yards per game.
Gabbert has just 728 yards in total, while throwing for 4 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. Despite the 1-3 start, the starting QB position is still his for the time being as the 49ers have no plans to insert Colin Kaepernick into the lineup.
Like the Cardinals will try to do, expect San Francisco to work the run game in here. The 49ers have been a good rushing team, as they average 114 per game which ranks 10th in the NFL.
RB Carlos Hyde has 5 touchdowns on the season as he’s compiled a pair of multi touchdown games. He’ll be going up against the 20th ranked rush defense from Arizona.
NFL Betting Trends:
- 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
- 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
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The Cardinals have to bounce back here. The loser will find themselves with a giant hill to climb in the NFC West.
Even without Palmer, look for David Johnson to have a big game, as the Cardinals go on the road and grab a win Thursday night.
NFL Free Score Prediction: Arizona 27- San Francisco 17
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