There was a fair share of fans that thought picking the Arizona Cardinals as online NFL betting favorites in the NFC West would be a safe prediction with a heavy payoff. But now that were 5 weeks into the season, fans can begin to see what an erroneous prediction picking the Cardinals in the West was. The West is currently led by none other than the Los Angeles Rams, a surprise the Rams didn’t even see coming. The Seahawks are close behind with their 3-1 record, but the Cardinals are dead last in the division with a 1-3 record. This past Sunday Arizona had an opportunity to stay alive in the West by getting a win over the Rams, but instead it was Los Angeles that capitalized on the situation. With their playoff hopes quickly dwindling, panic is starting to sink in for the Cardinals. They’ll get a chance at redemption this upcoming weekend when they face another NFC West rival, the San Francisco 49ers. Both the Cardinals and the 49ers are sitting at the bottom of the West with their 1-3 records, so whoever comes out on top gets bragging rights over the other. San Francisco didn’t have high expectations coming into the season, but if Arizona loses this Thursday their season could pretty much be over. The Cardinals let themselves get upset in Week 4, but will they prove worthy of your online football bet this Thursday?
Week 5 – Thursday the 6th of October
Cardinals -2½ (-110) 42 (-110) -125
49ers +2½ (-110) 42 (-110) +106
Despite the fact that both teams have the same record, the online NFL betting odds are siding with the Cardinals. You wouldn’t know it by looking at this squad, but the Cardinals are the reigning NFC West Champions and were one game away from competing in the Super Bowl in 2015. But now barely 5 weeks into the year, it seems Arizona’s season is already starting to fall apart. Carson Palmer suffered a concussion in the Cardinal’s loss to the Rams and it’s unlikely that he’ll be playing this Thursday. In his place will be Drew Stanton, a 10-year veteran who has a hard time staying above an 80.0 quarterback rating. Stanton actually came into the game against the Rams and on 11 pass attempts Stanton threw 2 interceptions. That’s no way to finish out a game, but at least Arizona fans know what they expect with Stanton under center. Now facing injuries and only 3 days to prepare until the game against San Francisco, seeing the Cardinals fall to 1-4 wouldn’t be a surprise. The 49ers defense isn’t an elite squad but ironically enough the strength of their defense lies in their secondary. If the Cardinals are able to run the ball they just might win, but if they can’t then Stanton will certainly lose the game for them.
Behind Blaine Gabbert’s efforts, San Francisco houses the worst passing offense in the league. The Niners may be 10th overall on the ground, but with an average of 292.8 yards per game, their total offense ranks 30th in the league. The Cardinals will be without Palmer, but if their running game can put up some points, it’s doubtful the San Francisco will be able to compete too much offensively. An early lead will prove crucial in this contest, and the Cardinals could be on the receiving end of an online NFL betting upset two weeks in a row.