The 1-7 San Francisco 49ers travel to Phoenix today to face off against the Arizona Cardinals. After starting the season 1-0, the 49ers have lost the last 7 games in a row. There is little hope that the 49ers will compete in this game as Vegas has designated them a 14 point underdog. Will the 49ers keep the game close, or get blasted in Phoenix? Here are the predictions from the 49ers staff writers:
In week five, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers with ease despite a poor second-string quarterback leading operations for Arizona. Fast-forward to week 10, and the Cardinals look poised to repeat their victorious ways. Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer has returned from injury quite nicely, completing 76 percent of his passes for 363 yards in Arizona’s last game against the Carolina Panthers. With Palmer rolling and strong receivers like Larry Fitzgerald to contend with, the 49er secondary will need to be on its game come Sunday – something fans haven’t seen from the San Francisco defense all season. Even worse for the 49ers, Arizona running back David Johnson is well on his way to (at least) a 1,000-yard season, already tallying 705 rushing yards just halfway through the season. Arizona will likely call on Johnson again to exploit the horrific 49er run defense for big offensive gain. Even if San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick can get the offense on track this week, there’s little hope for a win without the necessary defensive contributions.
Cardinals 28, 49ers 17
With eight games in the books, we’re at the midway point of the season and the 49ers are a disaster. Their rush defense is on pace to be the worst in NFL history, their best offensive player (Carlos Hyde) will barely play, and I see no way the 49ers can win this game. The question is: can they keep it close? Carson Palmer, who is having a terrible season by his own standard, played very well last week in Carolina, and will have an excellent opportunity today to shred the 49ers secondary. David Johnson, who is having an amazing season, could get 200 rushing yards today against the San Francisco 49ers. So the answer is: no, they can’t keep it close. The 49ers get thrashed today.
Cardinals 31, 49ers 13