San Francisco 49ers (1-7) at Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1)
I’m sorry, but there’s no way the 49ers win this one. They currently boast the NFL’s second-worst record, and have been absolutely awful on both sides of the football. So much for Chip Kelly coming in and saving this franchise.
At this moment, the 49ers are ranked dead last in defense. They’ve given up almost 50 rushing yards per game more than any other team, which is a bit mindboggling when you think about it. Even though they’ve kept opponents’ passing yards in check, the San Francisco defense has given up the fourth-most passing touchdowns this year.
I’ll admit I’ve been disappointed with the Cardinals, but they’re still twice the team the 49ers will ever be this year. The Arizona offense can get going when it wants to, and the defense just so happens to be ranked first in the NFL. I’d imagine San Francisco will score a touchdown or two and try to keep it close to start. But by halftime, the Cardinals should pull away.
Especially with the 49ers failing miserably to slow opposing rushers, I’m guessing it’ll be a big game for David Johnson. Look for the sophomore running back to have a career day, elevating the Cardinals to 4-4-1 in the process.