Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/29/13
San Francisco 49ers (10-4) at Arizona Cardinals (10-5)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals +3 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco 49ers travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals on Sunday.
San Francisco improved to 11-4 on the year after beating Atlanta 34-24 on Monday Night Football. The 49ers were actually outgained by the Falcons 379 to 402 on Monday night. The San Francisco defense was able to force two costly turnovers, with one of them coming late to help the 49ers earn the win. Colin Kaepernick completed 13 of 21 passes for 197 yards and 1 touchdown, he was sacked three times. Frank Gore rushed for 97 yards on 21 carries, while Anquan Boldin caught 6 balls for 72 yards and a score. On the year, the 49ers rank second to last in passing yards per game with 179.1 on average. However, San Francisco ranks 3rd in rushing yards per game with 141.2 on average. The 49ers defense is one of the best units in the league, allowing only 209.1 passing yards per game and 96.8 rushing yards per game, which rank 4th and 5th in the league this season. Kaepernick has thrown for 2,887 yards and 19 touchdowns this year, while also rushing for 500 yards and 4 scores. Gore has rushed for 1,114 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Boldin leads all receivers with 76 catches for 1,030 yards and 6 touchdowns. The 49ers have now won 5 straight games and are looking like a strong team heading into the playoffs. San Francisco is 5-2 on the road this season.
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The Arizona Cardinals improved to 10-5 on the year after beating Seattle on the road 17-10 last weekend. The Cardinals outgained the Seahawks 307 to 192, but they did turn the ball over 4 times compared to Seattle’s two turnovers. Carson Palmer completed 13 of 25 passes for 178 yards with 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions. Larry Fitzgerald only had 3 catches for 18 yards, while Michael Floyd only had one catch, but it was a 31-yard touchdown grab with 2 minutes left in the game. The Cardinals defense played great, forcing the Seahawks into 9 penalties, 2 turnovers, and 4 sacks. On the year, the Cardinals offense ranks 13th in passing yards per game with 240.2 on average, and 23rd in rushing yards with 97.1 per game. The Cardinals defense is solid, allowing only 229.1 passing yards per game and 84.5 rushing yards per game, which rank 15th and 1st in the league. Palmer has thrown for 3,867 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, while Fitzgerald has caught 76 balls for 841 yards and 10 touchdowns. This was the Cardinals third straight win and they have now won seven of their last eight games. Arizona is 6-1 at home this season.
The 49ers beat up on the Cardinals when they played in San Francisco back in October. I think this game will be played different in Arizona. This will be a low scoring, physical game that I could see either team winning. I’m going to take the points with the home team and I would lean towards the under.