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49ers vs. Cardinals: Picks and Predictions

Rohan Chakravarthi
Oct 1, 2023 at 11:21 AM--

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The San Francisco 49ers are hosting the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4, looking to improve to 4-0 on the season with kickoff slated for 1:25 PM at Levi's Stadium.

Heading into the game, the 49ers are seen as 14-point favorites, with the over/under placed at 43.5 points per game, just one week after San Francisco was ten-point favorites at home against the New York Giants.

In a weekly installment, I'll be dishing out some fun predictions on the game, rather than just providing an outright winner, although that will still continue in certain close games.

This week, I've got three intriguing predictions for the 49ers and Cardinals with some key player props.

Don't sleep on the Cardinals in this area against the 49ers...👀

1) 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey over 0.5 total touchdowns

The trend has to continue right? Until it breaks, I'm going to keep riding with running back Christian McCaffrey and his total touchdowns number.

The running back has scored a touchdown in 12 consecutive games, and the 49ers will likely look to McCaffrey more than they did in Week 2 with backup running back Elijah Mitchell not expected to play due to a knee injury sustained late during the week.

McCaffrey has already seen a significant share of touches through three weeks, averaging over 24 a week, and those opportunities should continue to come against the Cardinals

2) Cardinals QB Joshua Dobbs over 17.5 rushing yards

Last week, I went with Giants quarterback Daniel Jones's rushing prop of 37.5 yards and failed, as the 49ers shut down the run game without Saquon Barkley and were able to contain the opposing signal-caller to just five yards on two carries.

This week, I'm doubling down, going with the over for Joshua Dobbs's rushing yards, as the quarterback has seen some scramble opportunities, as well as designed runs that have been successful thus far.

The 49ers have usually seen issues against dual-threat quarterbacks, and I believe Dobbs will have enough opportunity to get at least 18 rushing yards on the ground in this one.

3) 49ers K Jake Moody over 1.5 field goals

For the second consecutive week, I've got to go with Jake Moody's field goal prop, as the kicker has been very successful to begin the season.

Moody has seen three field goal opportunities in each of San Francisco's first three games, drilling all nine attempts to start the season 9-for-9.

The 49ers are a prolific offensive attack and should provide Moody with enough opportunities to score in this game, which is why I have enough trust in Moody to connect on the over for field goals.

Stay tuned for next week's set of picks and predictions!
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.

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