One word to describe the San Francisco 49ers’ first seven games of the year? WOW. The defense is allowing just 11 points per contest, while the offense also ranks third in points. They just hung 51 on Carolina and are looking to do more against their division foe, the Arizona Cardinals, in primetime on a short week on Thursday night. It’s truly incredible to see them go from scoring nine against Washington to dropping 51 points against a Panthers team that had entered with four straight wins.
Arizona, on the other hand, has taken a step back the last few weeks in regards to its passing offense, but in all, it has been a successful beginning to the Kliff Kingsbury-Kyler Murray era. Murray has looked confident and impressive this year, often keeping drives alive with his quick feet, the shortstop in him very much alive. Through all of their running back injuries, the Cardinals have persisted, and are likely starting Kenyan Drake this week, after he was just acquired from Miami. Let’s see what they can do against a tough opponent like this.
The spread for this battle favors the 49ers by 10 points, while the over/under is set at 43.
San Fran Trying To Get To 8-0
It is kind of like last season never happened for these 49ers, and we’re flashing back to the end of 2017. After a 1-10 start to that year, they would win their last five games to finish the year in Jimmy Garoppolo‘s first starts with the team. He went down early last year, and while quarterback play was never the issue, the losses just kept piling up. And here we are, two years later with a healthy QB, the team is 7-0 and has one of the best offense/defense combos in the game. Their running back depth chart has many teams drooling, while the offense improved even further with the Emmanuel Sanders acquisition.
Their defense is led by one of the best pass-rushers in the game. Though just a rookie, Nick Bosa has seven sacks in as many games and is tough to stop. Richard Sherman also has his swagger back and is dominating this year.
Cardinals Looking To Bounce Back
After a tough loss at the hands of the Saints last week, Arizona will be looking to get back on track. At 3-4-1, the Cardinals have been a tough out for several teams as they have been playing a competitive brand of football. They are not easy to slow down and are a scrappy bunch. Christian Kirk has 32 receptions on 48 targets in his five healthy appearances, while Larry Fitzgerald is slightly off the 1,000-yard pace in what could be his final season. Murray has gone without a TD pass in three of four games and hopes to put this little drought behind him.
The Cardinals’ defense will have its hands full against San Francisco, so let’s see what they can do.
49ers Stay Perfect
Did somebody say 8-0? Oh right, the 49ers did. Another W will take them to 8-0 and keep them undefeated.
Free Play: SF -10
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