Cardinals should have enough to edge the live Thursday night West Coast clash.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers - Friday 01:25, Sky Sports 1
This week’s Thursday night offering comes from the Golden State as the San Francisco 49ers welcome last year’s NFC runners up the Arizona Cardinals. Both these divisional rivals have started the season poorly with identical 1-3 records to date.
A poor season was expected for the Niners but Arizona were widely expected to be challenging at the top again and they will need to change their fortunes sooner rather than later.
This has been made harder with quarterback Carson Palmer leaving Sunday’s game with a suspected concussion and he is almost certainly out of this game with it coming just four days after his injury. Even with Palmer the Cards have been struggling on offense which is a big fall off from last year when they were the NFL’s number one ranked offense. Drew Stanton will replace Palmer for this match and he threw two interceptions when he came in to play on Sunday.
The 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert hasn’t been a good player almost his entire NFL career and his starting records currently reads 9-30 so it seems a matter of which poor QB has less chance of costing his team a win!
We don’t expect a classic on the West Coast on Thursday night but the Cardinals should have enough in running back David Johnson and their receivers to get enough points to sneak a win by a 1-6 points margin.