SportsNet - October 2012
MNF Cardinals vs. 49ers Recap And Analysis: Alex Smith's (Near) Perfect Game Matched By (Near) Shutout
While Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Eastern seaboard, the San Francisco 49ers pounded the Arizona Cardinals in dry and arid Phoenix, Arizona. Whether it was with their short passing game, Frank Gore rushing inside, outside or with their defensive front seven, San Fran swept through University of Phoenix Stadium with the force of a once in a lifetime hurricane..or sand storm.
Randy Moss used the opportunity to remind the NFL of his Mr. Monday Night moniker by scoring his 18th touchdown in 19 Monday Night Football appearances. (Keep that 18 of 19 number in mind.)
Jay Feeley ended the 49ers shutout bid in the fourth quarter but his field goal at the conclusion of a 14-play, 6:30 drive was the only highlight of the night for Arizona. Prior to Monday night, the Cardinals were the only team to hold each of their opponents under 21 points this season. San Francisco put that streak to bed in the first half. The Cardinals' 4-0 start seems like a lifetime ago after their fourth straight loss.
Here's how the 49ers beat the Cardinals:
Alex Smith’s Near Perfect Game
Week 9 action offers up a tasty treat of a game when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Las Vegas has put out a point spread of -3, but I think that is far too much respect for the road team. Let's take a closer look at why I think the Giants will win, and cover this number.
The Detroit Lions finally looked like the team we expected last week. The Jacksonville Jaguars on the other hand, gave us more of the same in their game against Green Bay. I don't anticipate much to change when the two meet up in Week 9 action.
MarketsThis is a game that wasn't on the board last week thanks to the injury to Blaine Gabbert, but it opened at -4 on Sunday. The funniest thing about this spread is that money has once again come in on Jacksonville moving it all the way down to -3.25 (odds from SBRforum).
The Denver Broncos are riding high after pasting the lowly New Orleans Saints in prime-time. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals were enjoying a mini-vacation. Don't expect a sudden resurgence from the Bengals though, because the Broncos are primed to keep the ball rolling in Week 9.
The Chicago Bears barely squeaked out a win in Week 8, while the Tennessee Titans were busy blowing a game on home turf. What can we expect when the two meet up this Sunday? Look for the Bears to win the game and cover the number.