Monday Night Football Week 11: 49ers at Cardinals
It’s a duel in the dessert to close out a pretty wild week 11 and this matchup is no exception. The 49ers seem to be rounding into form having won their last 2 games and are looking to firmly put themselves back at the top of the NFC west. The Cardinals on the other hand seem to be sputtering about, Kyler Murray has a hamstring injury, so it’ll be Colt McCoy under center for the red birds. This is the Mexico City game this season so it’ll be played on a neutral field (although I suspect the Cardinals may get more love than the niners). Let’s get into it.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers seem to be rounding into form right now and look to get back to the top of the NFC west with a win this week. The team is on a 2-game winning streak and seem to be gelling rather well. Christian McCaffrey is getting more integrated with the offense as the weeks go by. Outside of QB this is the most talented team in the NFC and a top 3 talented roster in the league. This is going to be a dangerous team from now until the end of the season.
The Cardinals have had a rough season, after going 11-6 and making the playoffs they have already reached their loss total from last season and there are still 7 weeks left to go. There seems to be real issues between Cliffs Kingsbury and QB Kyler Murray with multiple videos of them yelling at eachother on the sidelines during games. However, Kyler has been injured the last few weeks so backup Colt McCoy has been starting in his place, and while he’s not as good as Kyler he’s a serviceable backup, will execute the game plan, and can make all the throws you need.
Pick: Cardinals +10 (-110)
I could see this game going 1 of 2 ways, either the 49ers blow the Cardinals out and this will be a no contest, or the Cardinals keep this game close with a chance to win late. I think the latter is more likely, the bottom line for this game is this is just too many points for a “home” divisional dog. We saw the exact same thing last week with the Commanders and Eagles. Double digit home dogs in divisional games are incredibly profitable and while I don’t think the cardinals have enough juice to win this game I think they keep it a 1 possession game. The 49ers struggled to put down a Chargers team decimated by injuries last week and it was a close game late, and while Colt McCoy is not Justin Herbert he’s a good backup that should make the right reads and protect the ball. This game is essentially the season for the Cardinals, a win gets them to 5-6 and keeps them in the playoff hunt while a loss probably seals their fate as missing the playoffs.