NFL Week 17 and the Arizona Cardinals will travel to Levi’s Stadium to take on the San Francisco 49ers. The game has a start time of 4:25 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on FOX. Current Vegas odds have San Francisco listed as 7 point favorites, while the total is set at 37.
Analysis: The Arizona Cardinals lost last week at home to Seattle and because of hat loss they are now staring at making it as a wildcard team, instead of an division winner. The Cardinals are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss and 13-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, but just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 meetings with the Niners. San Francisco has not been a good offensive team, ranking 23rd in total yards, 31st in passing, 6th in rushing and 26th in scoring (19.1 ppg). The defense has been very good for this team, as they rank 5th in yards allowed, 5th vs the pass, 7th vs the run and 11th in points allowed (21.5 ppg).
The San Francisco 49ers have dealt with turmoil all season and now they have to deal with the fact that they have been eliminated from the playoffs, plus the fact that they will be looking for a new head coach after Jim Harbaugh is gone. The Niners have now lost 4 in a row and are just 7-8 on the year. The Niners are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game, but just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC West and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games on grass. The Niners have been a very poor offensive team this year, ranking 23rd in total yards, 31st in passing, 6th in rushing and 26th in scoring (19.1 ppg). The defense for this team has been outstanding, as they come in ranked 5th in yards allowed, 5th vs the pass, 7th vs the run and 11th in points allowed (21.5 ppg).
Pick: I really can't see a ton of points scored in this one. The Arizona offense has been hampered by injuries at the QB spot all year and it has really hurt them offensively down the stretch as they come into this game averaging just 11.7 ppg in their last 6 games. Now they face a tough Niners defense that has allowed just 275 ypg and 21.3 ppg at home this year. They did allow San Diego 38 points last week, but this is an Arizona offense that hasn't scored more than 17 points in any of their last 6 games. The Cards have continued to win this year, despite their offensive woes and that is because they have a top not defense that is 5th in yards allowed, while allowing just 21.5 ppg for the year. Offensively the Niners are not that strong, especially at home where they have averaged just 19 ppg and if you take out the 35 they scored at home last week vs San Diego, they they have just averaged 16.3 ppg in their other 6 home games. This is my kind of game, as I full expect a defensive battle.
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