Free Sunday NFL Picks: 49ers vs Cardinals (12/29/2013)

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Date and Time: Sunday, 12/29/13 at 4:25pm on FOX
Game Line: San Francisco 49ers -1 (from JustBet)
Over/Under: 41.5
Sunday NFL Football Analysis: The San Francisco 49ers are trying to improve their playoff positioning after guaranteeing themselves a spot with a 34-24 win against Atlanta on Monday Night Football last weekend.  The win also dimmed the Arizona Cardinals’ post season chances, despite playing much better than anticipated this season.  The 49ers could end the Cardinals playoff hopes with their eighth win in the last nine games against their division rival.  A win Sunday combined with a Seattle loss to St. Louis would secure a third straight NFC West title. Those results along with a Carolina loss at Atlanta would give the Niners home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the first time since 1997. They’ve wrapped up a third straight trip to the postseason by winning five straight, a strong finish to a sometimes turbulent season which included two sets of back-to-back losses. Arizona has won seven of eight, playing much better after a 3-4 start which included a 32-20 loss in San Francisco in October.  To reach the playoffs, Arizona not only needs a win of its own, but also a home loss by New Orleans against Tampa Bay, which is highly unlikely.  Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer is 133 yards shy of becoming the first player in league history to throw for 4,000 with three different clubs.  He will be up against another opportunistic defense, after Seattle last weekend that could make him pay for bad decision making, which has plagued him this season. San Francisco has recorded an interception in seven straight games with two against the Falcons.  Despite Arizona’s success and serious improvement this season, they’re still a quarterback away from being a legitimate contender.  Palmer isn’t a guy that’s going to win you playoff games or important games like this one against a defense like San Francisco’s.  The 49ers have been playing a lot better lately and with their playoff positioning on the line there’s no doubt they will be giving max effort in this one.
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Free NFL Picks: San Francisco -1 and over 41.5
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Game Prediction: 24-19 San Francisco
What to expect in this week 17 NFL Football match up: The story of this game will be the San Francisco defense forcing turnovers against one of the most turnover prone quarterbacks in the NFL.  They will get pressure early and often and their big plays will have the 49ers ahead for most of the game.  Arizona’s defense is one of the better ones in the league as well and they will do their part slowing down running back Frank Gore and keeping San Francisco from moving the football but their mistakes in the passing game will be the difference in this one.

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