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49ers vs Cardinals
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By Staff Writer, JaredKuntz

San Francisco 49ers 7-0 (5-2 ATS) are playing Arizona Cardinals 3-4-1 (5-3 ATS) on Oct 31, 2019, 8:20pm ET at State Farm Stadium. The Cardinals opened at +7 in Vegas and the current line is ARI +10.

The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a tough loss to the Saints, while the 49ers picked up a huge blowout win over the Panthers. These teams will play twice in the next few weeks, and it's the first meeting of Kliff Kingsbury and Kyle Shanahan. Oddsmakers opened the 49ers as a 7-point favorite but the public money poured in on 49ers moving the line to San Fran -10.

The 49ers have surprised everybody this season and enjoying a near perfect season. They're the only undefeated team left in the NFC, and their defense has surprisingly emerged as one of the league's best. Nick Bosa is looking like a Defensive Player of the Year and the San Francisco run game has been a bright spot for this balanced 49ers offense. The San Francisco 49ers couldn't have scripted a much better start. Things have gone better than anyone imagined, as the Niners still enter this one without a single loss. While Kyle Shanahan is a brilliant offensive mine, this team's calling card has actually been their defense. Second overall pick defensive end Nick Bosa is making a genuine case for defensive player of the year, and the secondary has been lights out as well. All of that being said, I think we need to temper our praise a little bit.

The Cardinals had quietly rattled off 3 straight wins, but their winning-streak was snapped by the Saints on Sunday. Kyler Murray still isn't fully developed yet, but he's shown plenty of flashes and has Cardinals fans excited for the future. Arizona has moved to a more traditional NFL offense using tightends and bunched formations to help provide more protection for Murray and it is working. Arizona's offense has been much more prolific over the past 3 weeks and improving every week. A win here would show that Arizona is ready to compete right now.

San Francisco has benefited from an incredibly easy schedule, which has included games against the Buccaneers, Bengals, Steelers, and Redskins. They haven't exactly played a murderer's row of composing quarterbacks, including when they dominated Kyle Allen this past week. They beat up on the Panthers by nearly 40 points, and now their stock is at the top of the market. It'll be interesting to see if they're able to avoid a letdown on a short week after such a huge win.

The Cards come into this game with a banged-up backfield - Chase Edmonds and David Johnson are both dealing with injuries, so the team went out and traded for Kenyan Drake. I've always been high on Drake, and he was underutilized in Miami. With Kingsbury now calling plays for him, I think we could see him break out. Murray is one of the best quarterbacks that the 49ers will face all season, so I think he could be more successful than many people are expecting here.

CARDINALS KEY INJURIES: The Cardinals are likely to be without RB David Johnson (ankle) and RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring). OL Justin Murray (knee) might miss the game.

49ERS KEY INJURIES: 49ers RB Matt Breida (quad) and RB Rasheem Mostert (hamstring) are in doubt. LT Joe Staley (leg) is also doubtful on the short week. RT Mike McGlinchey (knee) will not play

BETTING PREVIEW & PICK - I think this one is going to be a lot closer than many expect. San Fran's defense is legit, but they've played incredibly easy schedule against a bunch of weak quarterbacks. The Cardinals have quietly won three of their past four games, and the one loss was on the road to the Saints. I think the bookmakers were right on here with a 8 point spread but 10 just feels inflated here and a knee jerk reaction by the public from last weeks Carolina blowout by San Fran. I like the Cardinals +10 in this one.

78% of the SportsJaw community picked SF -10 to COVER. The SportsJaw “scorecaster” predicts a final score of San Francisco 34 – Arizona 9.

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