|Monday Night Football: Cardinals vs. 49ers Picks & Predictions|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Monday, 14 December 2009 07:30|
Cardinals vs. 49ers Pick
The Monday Night Football matchup in Week 14 pits two NFC West rivals against each other when the San Francisco 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals at 8:30PM ET.
The Cardinals defeated the Vikings 30-17 as a 3-point underdog in Week 13, while the combined score fell under the posted total of 48 points. Kurt Warner threw for 285 yards with three touchdowns in the win, while Anquan Boldin caught seven passes for 98 yards and two scores.
The 49ers lost to the Seahawks 20-17 as a 1-point favorite in Week 13, while the combined score fell under the posted total of 41.5 points. Alex Smith threw for 210 yards with two touchdowns for San Fran, while tight end Vernon Davis caught six passes for 111 yards and a score.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Cardinals 4-point favorites over the 49ers in Week 14. The over/under total for this game has been set at 44.5 points.
The Cardinals have been redhot of late, covering the spread in four of their last five games. They’re also 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games on the road, but just 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games when playing San Francisco.
The 49ers are 4-2 against the spread in their last six games at home and are 7-2 straight up in their last nine games at home. They also beat the Cardinals 20-16 the last time these two teams met, which was in Week 1 of this season.
It’s tough to beat the same team twice in one season, which the 49ers will find out soon enough. They’ll be without cornerback Nate Clements for his game, who is batting a shoulder injury. That doesn’t bode well with Arizona’s potent passing attack coming to town.
Take the Cardinals in this matchup and lay the points. The 49ers might make a game out of it early on, but Arizona is the superior team and it has a chance to lock up the division tonight with a win. Also, the total seems to be sitting a tad low for a matchup like this, so take the over 44.5. The 49ers are going to have to put the ball in the air, because Arizona’s run defense is outstanding.
Our NFL Week 14 Free Pick for this matchup is: ARIZONA CARDINALS -4 and OVER 44.5.
133 Arizona Cardinals –4 (-200 moneyline) Over 44.5
134 San Francisco 49ers +4 (+170 moneyline) Under 44.5
Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
[RB] 08/05/2009 - Justin Green IR ( Knee )
[LB] 09/29/2009 - Cody Brown IR ( Wrist )
[LB] 11/30/2009 - Will Davis expected to miss 4-6 weeks ( Knee )
[OT] 12/11/2009 - Mike Gandy is upgraded to probable Monday vs. San Francisco ( Pelvis )
[QB] 12/07/2009 - Kurt Warner probable Monday vs. San Francisco ( Hip )
[TE] 12/09/2009 - Stephen Spach "?" Monday vs. San Francisco ( Knee )
[RB] 12/11/2009 - Jason Wright "?" Monday vs. San Francisco ( Illness )
[LB] 12/12/2009 - Bertrand Berry "?" Monday vs. San Francisco ( Respiratory )
[CB] 07/30/2009 - Walt Harris IR ( ACL )
[LB] 10/19/2009 - Jeff Ulbrich IR ( Concussion )
[OT] 10/27/2009 - Tony Pashos IR ( Shoulder )
[OT] 12/13/2009 - Joe Staley doubtful Monday vs. Arizona ( Knee )
[CB] 11/02/2009 - Nate Clements expected to miss 6-8 weeks ( Shoulder )
[WR] 12/12/2009 - Isaac Bruce is downgraded to doubtful Monday vs. Arizona ( Ankle )
[DE] 12/10/2009 - Kentwan Balmer IR ( Shoulder )
[CB] 12/02/2009 - Curtis Taylor IR ( Hip )
Posted: 12/14/09 12:30PM ET