The San Francisco 49ers travel down to Glendale, Arizona to face the Cardinals in a must-win matchup between the two last place teams in the NFC West. Both teams sit at 3-7, but they remain only two games back of the first place Seattle Seahawks. The winner of this game keeps their playoff hopes alive, while the loser is likely finishing the season playing for draft positioning.
The potentially tight nature of this game is reflected in the current gambling odds. The spread indicates the 49ers are running as one point favorites at most websites. A team generally gets three points for playing at home, which would leave the 49ers as approximately four point favorites on a neutral site.
It’s not surprising that the spread is so slim. These two teams have played some great games over the years and generally play each other extremely close. Over the last twelve matchups, only thee have been won by more than a touchdown. Furthermore, for games hosted in Arizona, the winner hasn’t won by more than six points since 1999. So, as the spread would indicate, this should be a close game and highly entertaining in spite of the records.