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GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (0-0) vs. Cardinals (0-0) at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. (PT). TV: FOX-TV, Announcers: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst), Laura Okmin (reporter).
ODDS: 49ers -7. OVER/UNDER: 48.
SERIES: 49ers lead 31-26-0. LAST MEETING: 49ers won 36-26 in Santa Clara on Nov. 17, 2019.
WHY 49ERS COULD WIN: First off, the 49ers’ “Revenge Tour” theme this season would take quite a hit if the defending NFC champions were to be upset by the underdog Cardinals. Secondly, Arizona seems to have no answer for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Cardinals fared well against the 49ers’ vaunted running attack, but Garoppolo made them pay through the air, completing 76 percent of his passes (62-of-82) for 741 yards and eight touchdowns during San Francisco’s two-game sweep last year.
WHY CARDINALS COULD WIN: The addition of Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the off-season made Arizona even more dangerous offensively. He’s coming off huge year in Houston, where he caught 104 passes for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns. At least some of the time, he should be matched up against 49ers corner Richard Sherman in what should be quite a show. … Quarterback Kyler Murray gave the 49ers fits both times they faced each other. The NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award winner had a 114.0 QB rate against the 49ers while completing 41-of-57 passes (72 perrcent) for 391 yards and four TDs without an interception.
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49ERS NEXT GAME: vs. Jets at East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. (PT).
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports