In this article, we’ll provide you with our top football betting picks for the Week 8 Thursday Night Football game the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals. We’ll study the odds, betting lines, teams, and players to give you our recommended betting picks to beat the New Jersey sportsbooks.
San Francisco 49ers (-10) at Arizona Cardinals – O/U: 42.5
Thursday, October 31, 2019 – 8:20 p.m. EST
TNF Week 9 Betting Pick: 49ers (-10)
The San Francisco 49ers take their undefeated 7-0 record on the road to take on the 3-4-1 Arizona Cardinals. We have all been impressed by the fortitude and mental intuition of the 49ers’ coaching staff, and that’ll ultimately be the difference in this game. Our top betting pick is for 49ers to cover the massive 10-point spread on the road. Let’s dive into the facts and figures to see why we’re heading in this direction.
TNF Week 9 Betting Lines: 49ers at Cardinals
Naturally, everyone on the face of the Earth wants to bet on the 49ers – and we don’t disagree. 82 percent of public bets and 89 percent of all money wagered is heading in that direction. After all, the 49ers are the better team with the much better head coach and that will be a deciding factor why they’ll cover the spread.
49ers Betting Form
San Francisco has the second-best running attack in the NFL with 181.2 yards per game. What makes them difficult to gameplan for is that it could be one of the three different running backs that get it done. However, the 49ers will likely be without RBs Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert. That will leave Tevin Coleman to handle the majority of carries, and he’s coming off a four-touchdown performance.
Because of that running game, QB Jimmy Garoppolo has it pretty easy nowadays. Nonetheless, he’s still one of the premier signal-callers in the game. The Cardinals are allowing the fourth-most passing yards per game (277.0), so that should allow him to carve them up if he’s put in tough situations.
The 49ers’ defense is leading the NFL in total defense (224.4 yards per game), passing defense (128.7 yards per game) and ranks second in points allowed (11.0 points per game). This should end up being yet another chance for this star-studded front four to feast on another quarterback.
Cardinals Betting Form
In order to defeat the 49ers, moving the ball is of the utmost importance. However, that’ll be a lot tougher to do with RBs David Johnson and Chase Edmonds out for the Cardinals. RB Kenyan Drake was just acquired via trade from the Dolphins and he’ll be put right into the fire. That will not be an ideal situation for this team, especially in pass-protection situations.
QB Kyler Murray has shown glimpses of promise this season and he’ll need every bit of his mobility to avoid an overwhelming 49ers’ pass rush. This defense has made veteran QBs look like they just entered the league, so it should come as no surprise if Murray struggles in this one.
Arizona’s defense is allowing the fourth-most yards per game (407.1) in the NFL this season. Sure, they got Patrick Peterson back recently from his suspension, but it probably will not be enough to get it done in this matchup. Stopping the run will be vital to keeping the game close, but the Cardinals haven’t thrived in that aspect, allowing 130.1 yards per game on the ground.
TNF Week 9 Betting Pick: 49ers (-10)
The 49ers have a team that can basically travel anywhere and play their own brand of football. Even on a short week that takes them on the road, the 49ers can run the football and play shutdown defense. Look for the only undefeated NFC team to put their stamp on this game early and maintain the lead throughout the game.
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