The Jimmy G era in San Francisco is set to begin…but probably not this week. The 49ers acquired their pivot of the future this past week; they face divisional rivals Arizona this weekend.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Point Spread: Cardinals -2 (-110) Date: Sunday, November 5, 4:05pmET Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Cardinals enter this game on a five game winning streak against the 49ers, and are 6-1 in their last seven games against them since 2014. The 49ers are 6-0 ATS in their last six vs. NFC West, while the Cardinals are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games. Of note, the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings head to head.
San Francisco 49ers
The big news of the season for the San Francisco 49ers happened this past Monday night. No, the 49ers were not involved in the Monday nighter… but in the biggest in-season trade in recent memory. The 9ers sent a second round pick to the New England Patriots for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. So the future in now in place for the 49ers, as Garoppolo will dress this week, but is not expected to play vs. the Cardinals.
Last week, the team fell to 0-8 for the first time in franchises 72 years of history with a 33-10 kicking from the Philadelphia Eagles. The rookie C.J. Beathard started that game, and will get another start this week, before handing over the reins. Beathard has played in three games, but has only managed 647 yards passing with two touchdowns and three interceptions. The 49ers are ranked 24th in total yards (offence – 307ypg), and 22nd in both passing (211.2 ypg), and rushing (95.8ypg).
The Cardinals enter this game coming off a Bye week, 3-4 on the season (1-6 ATS) and appear to be headed into deep waters, now missing the services of their starting quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer broke his left arm in a 33-0 loss to the Rams in London and isn’t expected back any time before Christmas, if at all. The reigns are now firmly in the hands of Drew Stanton.
Since 2011 Stanton has started a grand total of 11 games, 9 of them for the Cardinals, but has winning record at 6-3. However, more will be expected from running back Adrian Peterson to save the offence. In his debut with the Cards, he rushed for 134 yards on 26 carries, including two touchdowns. But those numbers quickly fell to earth against the Rams, with only 21 yards on 11 carries.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Prediction
49ers 19 – Cardinals 15