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NFL Betting Odds - Cardinals at 49ers

NFL betting odds handicappers had the San Francisco 49ers pegged as the team to beat in the NFC West with the futures NFL betting lines last August.
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NFL betting odds expectations fell through the roof however as the 49ers never were in serious contention and fell flat as a commodity with the NFL betting lines.

The San Francisco 49ers will host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday with a starting time on FOX television set for 4:20 PM ET.  Sports-Gambling opened with San Francisco as a 6.5 point favorite and with a total of 38.

San Francisco scored a 27-6 payout at Arizona on November 29 in the first meeting between the teams.   Both teams have had a variety of problems but none bigger than at the quarterback position.

San Francisco has a football betting record of 5-10 both straight up and against the spread with just 6 of their games going under the total.  Last week was the final straw for coach Mike Singletary as he was fired following the 49ers 25-17 loss at St. Louis which was their 3rd loss in 4 games.

San Francisco was unable to take advantage of a horrible year in the NFC West and did not pay off as the near consensus preseason favorite to win the division.  The 49ers rank 28th in the NFL for scoring offense and 14th for total defense, which is a shame as that defense would have been enough to get them in the post season if they had any kind off offense at all.

Alex Smith and Troy Smith have been in and out at QB and Troy got into a shouting match with Singletary last week just as Alex had done earlier in the season.  At the end of the day neither signal caller has been consistently effective.

Arizona has a football gambling record of 5-10 both straight up and against the spread but has won 2 of their last 3 games including last week 27-26 in a home payout over Dallas.  The Redbirds have gone over the total in 9 games.  Arizona has also alternated quarterbacks and perhaps should not have cut Matt Leinart loose after the retirement of Kurt Warner.

John Skelton is the latest starter but his 62.7 QB rating is even worse than the hapless Derek Anderson’s 65.9.  Arizona has no real strengths with the NFL betting odds as they rank 31st for total offense and 28th for total defense.