49ers vs. Cardinals: NFL Betting Preview – September 13, 2020

Written By Staff on September 9, 2020 - Last Updated on September 10, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers (0-0) host the Arizona Cardinals (0-0) on Sunday, September 13 in a matchup between NFC West rivals at Levi’s Stadium. Arizona is a seven-point underdog. The contest has a point total of 47.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of September 8, 2020, 1:52 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings.

49ers vs. Cardinals odds

Total Facts

  • The over/under in this matchup is 47.5 points– 1.8 more than the average total in last season’s 49ers contests.
  • The average total points scored in Cardinals games last year (47.5) is 2.7 points higher than the total for this matchup.
  • 49ers games went over 47.5 points on seven occasions last season (43.8% of matchups).
  • In nine (56.2%) games last season, the Cardinals combined with their opponents to go over 47.5 points.
  • The 49ers and Cardinals combined to average 52.5 points per contest last season, which is five more than the total for this game.
  • These teams surrendered a combined 47 points per game a season ago, 0.5 fewer points than this contest’s over/under.

49ers Betting Insights

  • San Francisco went 11-7-1 against the spread (ATS) last year.
  • The 49ers had a losing ATS record of 1-4 when playing as at least seven-point favorites last season.
  • 50% of San Francisco’s games with a betting line last year went over the point total.

Cardinals Betting Insights

  • Arizona had success against the spread last season, going 9-5-2.
  • Arizona and its opponents hit the over in 57.1% of games last season.
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49ers vs Cardinals: Last 5 Meetings

  • Arizona has defeated San Francisco three times in the past five meetings.
  • The 49ers and the Cardinals hold an even record ATS (1-1) the last two times they have played (both in 2019).
  • Arizona has outpaced San Francisco 117 points to 107 in the past five contests.

When the 49ers Have the Ball

  • The 49ers’ 29.9 points scored per game is 2.3 points higher than and the average points the Cardinals allowed (27.6) last season.
  • San Francisco was 8-0 overall and 5-1 ATS when they scored at least 29.9 points last season.
  • When Arizona allowed 27.6 points or fewer last year, they were 4-3-1 overall and 4-2 ATS.
  • The 49ers offense racked up 20.9 fewer yards than the Cardinals defense allowed last season (381.1 to 402).
  • When San Francisco reaches their average offensive yardage, they were 8-0 overall and 5-2 ATS last season.
  • When the Arizona defense allowed less than their season average for total yards last season, they were 4-2 ATS and 4-2 overall.
  • The Cardinals allowed an average of 120.1 rushing yards per game in 2019 compared to the 144.1 yards the 49ers offense averaged on the ground per contest.
  • In games where the San Francisco reached their season average rush yards last season, they went 5-1 overall and 4-1 ATS.
  • Arizona was 6-2-1 ATS and 4-5-1 overall in games where their opponents rushed for fewer than 120.1 yards.
  • The Cardinals forced 1.1 turnovers per game; the 49ers offense committed 1.4 turnovers per game.
  • San Francisco was 8-1 overall and 6-2 ATS last season when they turned the football over 1.4 times or fewer.
  • When they forced more than 1.1 turnovers in a game last season, Arizona was 3-2 ATS and 2-3-1 overall.

When the Cardinals Have the Ball

  • The Cardinals averaged 22.6 points per game last year– 3.2 more than the 49ers allowed (19.4).
  • When Arizona put up at least 22.6 points last season, they went 7-1-1 ATS and 5-4-1 overall.
  • San Francisco had a 5-1 record ATS and an 8-0 record overall in games when they gave up 29.9 points or less last season.
  • The Cardinals averaged 341.7 yards per game in 2019– 59.4 more yards than the 282.3 the 49ers gave up per matchup.
  • In games San Francisco held its opponents to 282.3 or fewer yards last year, it had a 5-2 record ATS and a 7-0 record overall.
  • Last season, the Cardinals rushed for 11.8 more yards per game (124.4) than the 49ers allowed per outing (112.6).
  • When Arizona ran for at least 124.4 yards last year, it had a 5-1 ATS record and a 4-2 overall record.
  • Last season, San Francisco finished 2-4 ATS and 6-1 overall when holding opponents to no more than 112.6 rushing yards.
  • The Cardinals turned the ball over 1.1 times per game last year, 0.6 fewer turnovers per game than the 49ers forced on average (1.7).
  • In games in 2019, Arizona had a 6-3 record ATS and a 5-5-1 record overall when it turned the ball 1.1 or fewer times.
  • Last season, San Francisco put together a 3-2 record ATS and a 5-1 record overall when it forced at least 1.7 turnovers.

49ers Players to Watch

  • Last year, Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 3,979 yards (248.7 yards per game) while going 329-for-476 (69.1% completion percentage) and throwing 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 16 games.
  • Raheem Mostert had 772 rushing yards on 137 attempts a season ago (48.3 yards per game) while scoring eight touchdowns in 16 games.
  • In 2019, Tevin Coleman ran for 544 yards on 137 carries (38.9 ypg), with six rushing touchdowns over the course of 14 games.
  • Last season, George Kittle was targeted 107 times and collected 85 catches for 1,053 yards (75.2 ypg) while scoring five touchdowns.
  • Kendrick Bourne caught 30 passes on 45 targets for 358 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 22.4 yards per game in 16 contests in 2019.
  • Defensive lineman Arik Armstead recorded of 10 sacks, 11 TFL, and 54 tackles over 16 games.
  • In 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign, Dre Greenlaw collected 87 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception.
  • Last season, Richard Sherman grabbed three interceptions and added 60 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and 11 passes defended in 15 games.

Cardinals Players to Watch

  • In his rookie season, Kyler Murray threw for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, while completing 64.4% of his passes (232.6 yards per game). He also carried the ball 93 times for 544 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 34.0 yards per game.
  • Kenyan Drake ran for 823 yards on 171 carries (58.8 yards per game) while scoring eight touchdowns in 14 games a after being traded from Miami. He also averaged 24.6 receiving yards per game, grabbing 50 passes for 345 yards.
  • In 15 games last season, DeAndre Hopkins was targeted 150 times and recorded 104 catches for 1,165 yards (77.7 ypg) and scored seven touchdowns with the Texans.
  • Larry Fitzgerald had 804 yards on 75 grabs with four touchdowns. He was targeted 109 times and put up 50.3 receiving yards per game last season.
  • Christian Kirk added 709 yards and three touchdowns on 68 catches, averaging 54.5 yards per game in 13 contests in 2019.
  • Last season, Chandler Jones totaled 19.0 sacks, 11.0 TFL and 55 tackles in 16 games.
  • In 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign, Jordan Hicks collected 148 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and three interceptions.
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