The playoff chasing Cardinals are at home and welcome the 5-9 Niners, who are kind of also at home as they’ve played their last two ‘home’ games at the State Farm Stadium after they were banished from their Santa Clara home for the remainder of the season due to COVID-19 regulations.
The Cards currently sit at 8-6, just a game ahead of the Bears who’re vying with Arizona for that last NFC Playoff place, so a win in their final home game of the regular season is important, especially when considering their final game of the season is against the Rams. Kyler Murray willed his team to a win last week against a game Eagles side and posted his first career 400+ yard passing game in the process as well as throwing for 3 TD’s and rushing in for another. The win over Philly gave them their first back to back wins since October, Kyler and the Cards could very well be getting hot at just the right time. DeAndre Hopkins was once again dominant with 169 yards and a TD against the Eagles, giving him back to back games with over 100 receiving yards and seven games on the season over that marker.
The Niners have only one win in their last seven games with injuries being a problem all season and to have that compounded by losing their home field advantage, I’m sure they’re ready for this season to end! They’ll be relying on their third string QB in this game as CJ Beathard, who only has one career win in 17 attempts, will be under Center. the return of George Kittle is a huge boost for the Niners but it’ll be interesting to see how many snaps he plays and without Deebo Samuel, who has struggled with injuries all season, a lot of the pass catching burden will fall on rookie wideout, Brandon Aiyuk who has been in great form with 5 TDs in his last 7 games. The Niners defense, despite all the injury issues are still a top 10 unit against both the pass and run, and are especially good against the pass, ranking inside the top 5 in passing yards allowed.
I have to take the Cardinals here, they’ve got something to play for whilst the Niners only motivation is to play spoiler. As for my best bets we’re going to take a look at the two WR’s we mentioned, in Nuk Hopkins the Cardinals have arguably the NFL’s best and they feed him as such, with 7 or more receptions in 9 of his 14 games this season, and in the first meeting between these two sides he had a season high 14 receptions so we like him to go over 6.5 in this one. We also like the aforementioned Aiyuk, the rookie has seen an upturn in targets as the season has gone on, and with 6 or more receptions in 5 of his last 6 games we’ll take him to go over 5.5 receptions.
PREDICTION: CARDINALS 27 – 20 NINERS
BEST BET: DeAndre Hopkins OVER 6.5 receptions – EVENS with SkyBet. 0.5 point bet.
NEXT BEST: Brandon Aiyuk OVER 5.5 receptions – 11/10 with SkyBet. 0.5 point bet.