Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers Prediction, 1/8/2023 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 18
Game: Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Location: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
Odds/Point Spread: 49ers (-10.5)
The Arizona Cardinals (4-12) are headed to Levi's Stadium on Sunday where they will try to defeat the San Francisco 49ers (12-4). San Francisco opens as 10.5-point favorites. The betting total is set at 40.
The Arizona Cardinals step onto the field holding a record of 4-12 for this season. In their last game, the Cardinals faced the Falcons and ended up losing by a score of 20-19. James Conner was the best rusher for the Cardinals with 16 totes for 79 yds (4.9 yds per attempt). Trey McBride held an average of 11.1 yards per reception by accounting for 78 yds on 7 catches. David Blough connected on 24/40 with 222 yds passing and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 83.5 and ended the game with no interceptions. On the ground, the Cardinals gave up 132 yds on 34 tries, which averages out to 3.9 yds per run surrendered. Arizona relinquished 19 completions on 26 tries for a total of 166 yds, and a completion percentage of 73.1%. Once the final whistle blew, they ran 69 plays which gave them a total of 339 yds. The Arizona Cardinals ran the ball a total of 27 different times and recorded 126 yds, which is an average of 4.7 yds per carry.
The Cardinals have attained 5,244 total yards for the year. Arizona has accrued 183 1st downs, and they have been called for 111 penalties for 866 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Arizona has earned 16 touchdowns via the pass and 14 rushing touchdowns. They have surrendered the football 21 different times (14 interceptions and 7 fumbles). As a unit they're averaging 113.3 yards on the ground which ranks them 20th in the National Football League. Regarding getting in the endzone, the Arizona Cardinals are averaging 20.4 points per outing.
The Cardinals are sitting in 29th in the NFL concerning team defense, conceding 25.7 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.5 yards per running attempt and 115.4 rushing yards per game this season. For the season, they have conceded 1,847 yards via the ground game in 16 games. In terms of yards via the pass, the Cardinals have given up 3,773 yards which ranks them 25th in the league. They have surrendered 235.8 yards per contest via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 69.6%. Over the course of this season, they are conceding 351.3 yards/game which ranks them 21st in the league. They have given up 26 touchdowns through the air in addition to 19 touchdowns on the ground.
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The 49ers head into this game 12-4 for this year. The last time they stepped on the gridiron, the 49ers went home victorious with a score of 37-34 against the Raiders. Brock Purdy (2 touchdowns) walked away from the contest with 284 yards on 22/35 passing while his quarterback rating was 95.4. He had 1 pick and his Y/A was 8.1 yds. Christian McCaffrey carried the football 19 times for 121 yds, finishing the game with 6.4 yards per carry for San Francisco. Brandon Aiyuk was the top contributor in the passing game for the 49ers, catching 9 passes for 101 yards (11.2 yds per reception). San Francisco ran for 6.3 yds per attempt, finishing with 170 yards on 27 carries. The 49ers ended up finishing with 454 yards and they ran 62 plays (7.3 yds per play). The 49ers secondary allowed a completion percentage of 67.6%, surrendering 365 yards on 23 for 34 through the air. San Francisco relinquished 32 running attempts for 135 yds (4.2 yds per rush).
Regarding their scoring prowess, the 49ers rank 6th in the league holding an average of 25.8 PPG. For the season so far, the 49ers have compiled 3,714 passing yards as well as an average of 232.1 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 13th in the NFL. They hold an average of 136.9 run yards per game and have run for 2,191 yards in total. The San Francisco 49ers maintain an average of 369.1 yards/game ranking them 5th out of all teams in the NFL. The San Francisco offense has compiled 720 yds of penalties on 92 violations, which has them sitting 14th in the league in terms of helping out the other team. They have thrown 9 interceptions while conceding 8 fumbles and they have been able to tally 178 first downs.
They have conceded 19 touchdowns via the pass and 224.7 yards/game, which puts them in 20th in the NFL. San Francisco has given up a total of 1,260 rushing yards (78.8 yards/game) in addition to 10 touchdowns rushing for the season. Their defense has totaled 26 takeaways (9 fumbles and 17 interceptions) over the course of the season. The 49ers defense has been on the field for 976 plays, which ranks 9th in football. This year, they have relinquished 264 total points. The 49ers are allowing 16.5 PPG, which has them sitting 1st in football.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/49ers NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the 49ers -10.5
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