by GT Staff |
University of Phoenix Stadium
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (-9, 47, Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook): A tough handicap here because of the point spread but a case can be made for the Cardinals who are playing their first really big Monday Night Football game at home in quite some
time. With Kurt Warner leading the way, the Cardinals (5-3 SU, 6-2 ATS) have evolved into a pretty-much pass only offense with WR’s Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston being the veteran’s main threats. Notable is the fact that the Cardinals lead the NFL in scoring with 29.3 PPG (34.0 PPG at home).
At QB for the lowly 49ers (2-6 SU/ATS) tonight will be Shaun Hill, who played admirably (15-23, 173 yards, 1 TD) for head coach Mike Singletary in the second half of last week’s 34-13 loss to Seattle in his stead of JT O’Sullivan. Hill will be herd pressed to get anything going offensively against a Cardinals defense that can rise to the occasion when it has to.
Trend-wise, the Cardinals are a perfect 3-0 ATS at home, but in this series, the road team is 6-0 ATS the last six meetings while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five. Arizona is also 5-1 its last six against the NFC and 8-3 ATS its last 11. On the other hand, SF is 0-4 ATS its last four against the NFC West, 0-4 ATS its last four on grass and 0-5 ATS in its last five overall.
The call here is for the home team – and we can avoid the curse of the double-digit favorite in the NFL. Prediction: Arizona 31 SF 17. CARDINALS -9.