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NFL Football: Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

The NFC West will kick off division play this NFL football weekend when the Cardinals head into the Bay Area to take on the 49ers in Week 1 action.

The Cardinals lost both their games to the 49ers last season, which cost them a playoff spot, even though they were able to register only their third non-losing season in the past 20 years. The 49ers are coming off an extremely disappointing 5-11 season where most preseason pundits had them making the playoffs, and putting up an equally disappointing 5-11 ATS mark against the closing NFL lines.

The Cardinals enter the year optimistic about their chances in 2008 after unveiling a new dynamic offense under Ken Whisenhunt last season which saw the Cardinals have both a 3000 yards passer in Kurt Warner (3417 yards and 27 touchdowns last season) and a 1000 yard rusher in Edgerrin James (1222 yards and seven touchdowns in 2007).

The Cardinals main problem was on the defensive side of the ball where they were 27th in the NFL in points allowed giving up 24.9 PPG. The high scoring offense and porous defense was fantastic for NFL betting fans who bet games to go over the ‘total’, as 11 of Arizona’s 16 games went over per the closing NFL odds last season.

Last year, the 49ers’ offense took a giant step back as they finished dead last in the NFL in total offense, passing offense, and PPG average. Their QB play was anemic as Trent Dilfer and Alex Smith combined to complete just 50% of their passes for 2080 yards and only nine touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions.

The one bright spot for the San Francisco offense was RB Frank Gore who posted another 1000 yard season in 2007, rushing for 1102 yards and five touchdowns. Contrary to Arizona, the 49ers hideous offense (they only scored more than 21 points once all season) was music to the ears of pro football bettors who wager on games to go under the ‘total’ as 10 of the 49ers 16 games went under according to the closing football betting lines.

The Cardinals have been made 2.5-point road favorites by the NFL gambling odds with a ‘total’ of 42 points. Sports fans keep in mind that with Week 1 action upon us, your place to bet on NFL football this season is Sportsbook. Open an account today!