Frank Gore and the 49ers look for their first road win of the 2010 season.
The Arizona Cardinals have dropped five straight, with a 1-4 NFL spread record in that stretch. Ken Whisenhunt’s crew hosts Monday’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, who are 1-5 ATS in their last six contests.
Sports books opened San Francisco as a one-point road favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 40. Early wagers on the Cardinals and ‘over’ moved the numbers on some boards to a pick ’em and 40 ½, respectively.
Arizona’s latest setback came in last Sunday’s 31-13 loss as a nine-point road dog against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cardinals could not muster a touchdown until the game’s final play, when wide out Larry Fitzgerald scored from three yards out.
Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson completed 25-of-46 passes for 295 yards. The 27-year-old led his squad to 19 first downs in its 32 minutes of possession.
Arizona’s Timothy Hightower rushed for 62 yards on 12 carries. The three-year running back also caught three passes, finishing with 24 receiving yards.
The Cardinals’ defense had no answer for Kansas City’s rushing duo of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, who united for 159 yards on the ground. Jones reached the end zone twice, with the Chiefs' other two touchdowns coming through the air.
The lopsided affair’s combined 44 points dipped below the closing ‘total’ of 45, dropping the ‘over’ to 7-2 in the Cardinals’ last nine games. Hightower and Co. were sizably penalized 11 times for 96 yards.
Arizona is 1-3 ATS in its first four home dates, with the ‘over’ collecting at 4-0. The Cardinals have notched 26.8 PPG in that span, while allowing 404.8 YPG.
San Francisco could not get on the board in last Sunday’s 21-0 defeat as a 3 ½-point home favorite against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 49ers’ offense failed to enter the red zone in its 24 minutes of possession, reaching only as far as Tampa Bay’s 33-yard line.
49ers quarterback Troy Smith connected on 16-of-31 attempts for 148 yards. The Ohio native logged his first interception of the season, while being sacked six times.
San Francisco’s Frank Gore notched a season-low 23 rushing yards on 12 carries. The 27-year-old caught five passes for 37 yards, targeted a team-high eight times by Smith.
The 49ers’ defense allowed 299 yards, with 162 coming on the ground. Linebacker Patrick Willis registered his squad’s only two sacks en route to a team-high nine tackles.
The shutout’s 21 points plunged below the ‘total’ of 41, bringing the ‘under’ to 4-3 in the 49ers’ last seven games. Tampa Bay’s three touchdowns were all notched from inside San Francisco’s 10-yard line.
The 49ers are 1-3 ATS in their first four road games, with the ‘over’ going 2-1-1. Mike Singletary’s squad has not played away from home since Oct. 24, when San Francisco was defeated, 23-20, as a one-point favorite against the Carolina Panthers.
San Francisco is 4-1 ATS in its last five meetings against Arizona, with the ‘under’ cashing at 3-2. The 49ers swept last year's two matchups against their division rival, combining to outscore the Cardinals, 44-25.
Monday’s kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (PT), with ESPN providing the national television coverage. The weather forecast in Glendale, AZ calls for a 55-degree night with calm winds.
Arizona remains on its home grass for next Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. San Francisco travels to meet the Green Bay Packers as part of the same day’s card.