Tips For Betting On Cardinals 49ers – 49ers Look To Finish Off Cardinals In Season Finale
The San Francisco 49ers made a statement in week 15, traveling to Foxborough and knocking off the New England Patriots in a 41-34 road win in what many sports betting experts called a potential “Super Bowl preview”. However, the 49ers didn’t look nearly as good in week 16, getting blown away in a 42-13 loss to the division rival Seattle Seahawks in a game where they could have clinched the NFC West title. The 49ers still control their fate in the division needing a win over the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday to lock it up, but it may come as a surprise that despite a 10-win online sportsbook season they have struggled within the division.
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers
Sunday December 30, 2012 – 4:25 PM ET
Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
NFL Betting Preview: San Francisco 49ers – 16.5
San Francisco is just 2-2-1 against NFC West opponents, and both of their losses have come in the second of two games against their division rivals. The 49ers had no problem with Arizona in the first meeting, winning 24-3, but that was all the way back in week 8.
NFL Betting Preview: Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have been among the most inconsistent NFL teams this season, opening the year with four-straight wins only to lost nine-straight and fall out of playoff contention. Arizona snapped that losing streak with a 38-10 win over the Detroit Lions in week 15, but then didn’t look nearly as good in a 28-13 loss to the Chicago Bears a week ago. The Cardinals forced four turnovers in their win over the Lions, with Beanie Wells rushing for 67 yards and three scores. Forcing turnovers and avoiding mistakes on offense will be the keys to keeping this game close, but it all depends on which Arizona team shows up for this sports betting contest.
NFL Betting Preview: San Francisco 49ers
After what they went through last week against the rival Seahawks, don’t expect that head coach Jim Harbaugh will hold back heading in to this game. San Francisco was dominated in nearly every aspect of the loss, allowing Marshawn Lynch to run over its sixth–ranked rushing defense for two first-quarter touchdowns, and then conceding two second-half scores from rookie Russell Wilson. The 49ers will look to get back to their strong rushing attack and dominant defense in this contest, and set the tone going forward for what Harbaugh is confident will be a long playoff run.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
San Francisco has been one of the league’s most dominant teams all season, and won’t hold anything back as it looks to set the tone for the playoffs. Harbaugh was furious with his team’s performance in the loss to the Seahawks, and will take out his frustrations this week as the 49ers look to lock up the division and home-field advantage for the opening round. The Cardinals have been inconsistent all season, and while they registered some big wins over legitimate contenders earlier in the year, a lot has changed since then.
NFL Betting Pick: San Francisco 49ers