San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals: NFL Free Pick

San Francisco 49ers
(3-7, 3-7 ATS)

Arizona Cardinals
(3-7, 3-7 ATS)

Something has to give on Monday Night Football betting action this week, as the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers need to try to bust their respective slumps. The winner of this game will probably be just one game back in the NFC West remarkably, while the loser is going to be in the gutter and probably out of postseason contention once and for all.

That being said, is HC Mike Singletary coaching for his job right now? The head man in the Bay has been consistently saying all season long that his team is bound to wake up and win the NFC West eventually, but at some point, they need to string some wins together. The Niners have yet to win a game this year on the road, though they do have a “home win” against the Denver Broncos over in Jolly Old England to speak of. The man of the hour is going to have to be RB Frank Gore for San Francisco to win this game. One of the top backs in the NFL has had a solid year, but his numbers have slacked because he really hasn’t gotten a lot of help. Gore already has 801 yards and three TDs on the ground, but he has really helped out in the passing game as well. The former Miami Hurricane has a team high 46 receptions for 452 yards and two more TDs. With QB Alex Smith still sitting on the sidelines, it appears as though the ball still belongs to QB Troy Smith, though we aren’t so sure that the former Utah Ute’s health really makes a difference at this point. The Buckeye has thrown for 700 yards with two TDs and one pick in three starts.

The Cardinals don’t feel like a team that has the ability to win much of anything over the course of the remainder if this season, but someone has to win these two duels against San Francisco! Arizona doesn’t have much in the way of an offense, as it is averaging just 275.7 yards per game on the campaign. The Redbirds rank second to last in total offense and are No. 26 in scoring, though we all know that five special teams and defensive TDs have really inflated that number beyond where it belongs. QB Derek Anderson is starting to at least play slightly better ball, as he has thrown for 1,776 yards on the campaign, but he hasn’t won a game since coming back to the starting lineup, something that really has to concern HC Ken Whisenhunt. Perhaps Whisenhunt should be more concerned about his defense, though. This unit has allowed four straight teams to score at least 27 points against in, and in the last less than nine quarters of play, the Redbirds have allowed a whopping 84 points, an approximate average of 37.3 PPG.

If you look up the definitely of “ugly” in the dictionary, you’re going to see a picture of these two teams, and we hate the fact that this is the showcase game of the weekend. For as bad as Arizona is, this is a team that has home wins already this year against a contending Oakland Raiders team and the defending Super Bowl champs. The Niners still haven’t won a game on the road. We’re not so sure the Cards are really going to win this one, but we know that there isn’t an 0-4 team on the road that should be favored there in the NFL.

Week 12 Free Pick: Arizona Cardinals +1