No California Love for the Arizona Cardinals vs. 49ers

Posted by: Mike Davis
Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers Betting Preview

The Arizona Cardinals continue their online football betting disappointment tour ’16 with a visit to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday, October 6th. Here are the odds for the game in case you’d like to place one or more online football bets:

Cardinals -2½ (-120) 42 (-110)
49ers +2½ (EV) 42 (-110)

The Cards (1-3) got a little taste of California when they lost to the Los Angeles Rams 13-17 at home in week 4. Arizona QB Carson Palmer finished 23 of 36 for 288 yards with one scoring pass to wide receiver Michael Floyd and one interception. Unfortunately, Palmer was also placed in concussion protocol after being sacked by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The play forced the Cards to punt with 5:40 left on the clock, which was returned 47 yards to the Arizona 34 – while a facemask penalty against Ifeanyi Momah moved the Rams to the 19 – by Tavon Austin to set up the Rams go-ahead TD. The Rams only had 288 yards to Arizona’s 420, but the Cards had five TOs, including two interceptions for backup QB Drew Stanton.

The Niners lost their third straight game and dropped to 1-3 in a 17-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. SF QB Blaine Gabbert threw 16 of 23 for 196 yards with one TD pass to Jeremy Kerley and one interception. After helping the 49ers to an early lead (along with a rushing score by Carlos Hyde), however, Gabbert pretty much disappeared from the game. Gabbert had an opportunity to lead a late tying drive but he threw a 3-yard pass to Torrey Smith on fourth-and-6 from the Cowboys 35 to end hopes of a rally.

The Cards, once among the top six online football betting favorites to win Super Bowl 51, are now playing to a chorus of boos in their own home stadium. To make matters worse, Arizona head coach has said that it will be difficult to for veteran QB Palmer to play on a short week versus the 49ers. Stanton has not started a game since 2014, and completed 11 of 25 attempted passes (44%) for 104 yards with no TDs and two interceptions in seven games with Arizona in 2015. The truth is, though, that even with Palmer, these Cards are a far cry from the team that won 13 games, secured the NFC West title last season, and ranked first in total offense with more than 400 yards per game.

Notwithstanding all of that, the Niners remain the online football betting underdogs on Sunday. Gabbert keeps playing like he wants to make Colin Kaepernick look good – and you know Cap’s public image could use a lot of help, but still. Gabbert’s passer rating ranks antepenultimate among league starters, and his all-time record as a starter is 9-30. Pitting two less-than-stellar QBs against each other is not a recipe for high scores. Therefore, at 42, the total is among the lowest of this season. What’s more, the Niners could actually steal the win at home.