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Battling QBs fight it out in Cardinals-49ers Thursday night clash

Wed, Oct 5, 11:32am by Jake Equid

Preview: NFL Week Five: Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers

Date and Time:  Friday October 6, 11:25am AEDT

Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

TV: Live on ESPN

Things haven’t got to plan so far this season for the Arizona Cardinals, they were highly-fancied for the Superbowl in the pre-season, on the third line of betting at $10 but have looked like a completely different team from the one that reached last season’s NFC Championship game.

Their opponent has also run into some early season trouble, after shutting out the Rams in the season opener, the 49ers have lost three games in a row by a combined total of 45 points.

Both teams are at 1-3 and are desperate for win. In the head-to-head market, Sportsbet has the visiting Cardinals at $1.50 with the 49ers outsiders at $2.67. The line is at 4 points.

The Cardinals look like they’ll be heading to California without their quarterback Carson Palmer who left the field in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s shock-loss to the Rams with a concussion injury.

Backup Drew Stanton was intercepted twice in relief of Palmer as the Cardinals went on to lose 17-13 at home. It’s beginning to look ugly for the Cards who are already two games behind the Rams and the Seahawks in their division.

There are similar worries in the quarterback positon for the 49ers, as Blaine Gabbert continues to struggle. He currently ranks in the lowly positon of 30th in the list of the league’s QBs on the back of the 24-17 loss at home to the Cowboys on Sunday.

The 26-year old from Missouri now has a career starting record that is beginning to raise eyebrows at 9-30. San Francisco aren’t a playoff contender, but they do have a chance to keep Thursday’s game close if as expected, Palmer doesn’t play. Stanton may not be as bad as he was on Sunday but he has been a career back-up for a reason.

On their way to winning the NFC West last season with a 13-3 record, Arizona ranked first in total offense, averaging over 408 yards per game. But aside from a 40-point effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2, the offence has been well below their best in 2016.

With just three days in between games, Palmer likely won’t play in San Francisco. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Sunday that the team will be ‘very, very careful’ with the quarterback.

With two struggling quarterbacks going head-to-head in this one I expect it to be a close, low-scoring affair. I’m going to take the unders in the total match points market of 43.5.

BEST BET: Total match points under 43.5: $1.90

Sportsbet Market:

Match

Arizona Cardinals $1.50

San Francisco 49ers $2.67

Handicap (Line)

Arizona Cardinals (-4.0) $1.94

San Francisco 49ers (+4.0) $1.90

Total Match Points

Over (43.5) $1.94

Under (43.5) $1.90

Big Win – Little Win

Arizona Cardinals by 1-13 pts $2.19

Arizona Cardinals by 14 + $4.30

San Francisco 49ers by 1-13 pts $3.02

San Francisco 49ers by 14 + $10.50

 

Odds sourced from Sportsbet and were correct at time of publishing


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