The San Francisco 49ers will look to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to the Chicago Bears as they face the Arizona Cardinals, who are 2-0.
John Abraham out for season – Arizona Cardinals linebacker placed on injured reserve
Jonathan Dwyer arrested – Cardinals running back reportedly punched wife and threw shoe at son
Colin Kaepernick fined – San Francisco 49ers quarterback fined for unspecified abusive comments
The Arizona Cardinals are looking to improve to 3-0 as they play their NFC West game against the San Francisco 49ers, who are coming off an upset loss to the Chicago Bears.
The Cardinals played without starting quarterback Carson Palmer, and they will play against the 49ers with Drew Stanton as their starter once again.
Stanton did not perform very adequately against the Giants, but the Cardinals defense has continued to be a top unit in the NFL.
Running back Andre Ellington has also looked solid since avoiding a serious injury, and he rushed for 91 yards last week.
Meanwhile, the 49ers are looking to recover from a turnover-filled loss to the Bears. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.
However, he demonstrated that he still has great mobility by rushing for 64 yards on nine carries. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree had crucial dropped passes despite catching seven passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The key matchup to watch out for in this game will be Kaepernick and Gore against the Cardinals run defense, which has allowed only 66.5 rushing yards per game. This ranks third in the NFL.
Despite this potential matchup problem, the Cardinals will need a better effort from Stanton against a stout 49ers defense. The 49ers will also have redemption on their minds.
Prediction: 49ers 21, Cardinals 13