The 1-3 Arizona Cardinals travel to San Francisco to take on the 1-3 49ers on Thursday night with both teams coming off disappointing losses last week. Arizona suffered a 17-13 home defeat to the Los Angeles Rams while also losing Carson Palmer who suffered a head injury and is undergoing concussion protocol. His status for this week’s game is still questionable. The Cardinal offense has now failed to score at least 20 points in the last 2 games after averaging over 30 points the first 2 games of the year. San Francisco lost 24-17 at home to the Dallas Cowboys after scoring only 3 second half points. They have now lost 3 games in a row after an opening week victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Before leaving with a head injury late in the game, Carson Palmer completed 23 of 36 passes for 288 yards, 1 touchdown. He did lose a fumble and throw an interception while being sacked 3 times for a loss of 23 yards. His favorite target was John Brown who had 10 catches for 144 yards. Larry Fitzgerald was second with 5 catches for 62 yards. David Johnson led a running game, which accumulated 118 yards on just 25 carries. Johnson gained 83 yards on 17carries, which is an average of just under 5 yards per carry. Defensively, they forced 1 turnover and did an excellent job Stopping Todd Gurley and the Rams running game. Los Angeles was limited to 41 yards on 23 carries with Gurley gaining 33 yards on 19 carries. They sacked Case Keenum twice and had 7 tackles for losses.
Blaine Gabbert finished last week’s game with a quarterback rating of 57.5 for the 49ers. He finished 16 of 23 for 196 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. This was the second game in a row he failed to throw for at least 200 yards. His favorite target was Jeremy Curley who had 6 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Garrett Celek was second on the team with 5 catches for 79 yards. Carlos Hyde led a balanced rush attack with 74 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Defensively, they forced 0 turnovers and allowed over 430 yards of offense including 194 on the ground. They couldn’t stop Ezekiel Elliott who rushed for 138 yards on just 23 carries. They were able to sack Dak Prescott twice and had 3 tackles for losses.
The Cardinals are 4-point favorites in this game despite being on the road and Carson Palmers status still not known. Both teams have gone 1-3 so far against the spread this season. The Cardinals are 1-2 against the spread as the favorite as the 49ers are 1-2 as the underdog. These 2 teams met twice last year with Arizona winning both games by a combined 46 points. If Palmer doesn’t play, he will be replaced by Drew Stanton, who completed 4 of 11 passes and threw 2 interceptions after taking over last week.
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