11 Sep 5 Bold Predictions For Cardinals vs 49ers
Well ladies and gentleman, it is that time again. Football is starting back up, and wherever there’s football games, there’s incredibly bold predictions!
The 49ers will look to kickoff their “Revenge Tour” against the Arizona Cardinals, a team that gave them major fits last season, albeit the good guys won both matchups.
Without further ado, let’s get into my bold predictions for the opening matchup for the 49ers!
1. Garoppolo will throw for over 400 yards. Alright, this may be a slight stretch, but hear me out: Garoppolo has only thrown for one 400+ yard game in his career, and that was against the Cardinals.. last season. Even with no George Kittle in the pass game, Jimmy still torched the Cardinals for what was his career best game. The main factor? The 49ers only ran for 34 yards. Now this isn’t to say the team won’t rush this poorly on Sunday, however, if the Cardinals prove to be stingy against the run again, on top of JG’s new weapons in Aiyuk and Reed, we could very well see him eclipse the 400 yard mark once again.
2. The 49ers only get 2 total sacks. Last season, the 49ers combined for 7 sacks in two games against the Cardinals. Pretty good considering how elusive Murray is, however, that was with DeForest Buckner. With his loss and the addition of Javon Kinlaw, the pass rush is expected to regress slightly. On top of having no preseason games, the DL has only been able to get in training camp and scrimmage work. I can foresee Nick Bosa or Dee Ford getting 2 sacks alone barring any injuries, but, with another year in the system, and the addition of star WR Deandre Hopkins, Murray and the Cards will be looking to get off quick passes and break the pocket, something that they did against the 49ers last season.
3. Trent Taylor will lead the team in receptionsa. Welcome back Trent! After missing all of last season with a foot injury, Taylor looks to reconnect with Garoppolo, in which both men appeared to work well together right away. Taylor’s presence as Jimmy’s former 3rd down man and shifty red zone target will surely earn him lots of looks early on. With an offense that is already featuring the likes of Kittle, Reed, Aiyuk, Pettis, etc., Taylor may be log jammed. However, if Taylor starts off hot, I can see him finishing the game with the most receptions for the day (let’s say… 8 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD).
4. The 49ers will force 4 turnovers. Okay, I may be being on the safe side of bold predictions, but let’s start here. Last season, the 49ers forced 2 turnovers in 2 games against the Cardinals, both of which were fumble recoveries. The team as a whole improved mightily in terms of forcing TO’s, and I don’t see that slowing down on Sunday. With the addition of Hopkins, the Cardinals will likely be spreading the field against a suspect 49ers secondary. If Kyler starts off slow and the OL can’t protect him, this 49ers DL is hungry. Don’t be surprised if the likes of Bosa and Ford off the edge get to Murray and force some errant throws or big-time fumbles.
5. The Cardinals won’t sack Garoppolo. Welcome to the club, Trent Williams! Depending on what side of the field Chandler Jones is on, the addition of Williams should make Jimmy’s life much easier. Even with Weston Richburg out with injury, Ben Garland is a solid replacement. Aside from them, another year under Mike McGlinchey’s belt should work him wonders also. Outside of Jones, the Cardinals feature a so-so pass rush. If the 49ers can get the run game going early, and Garoppolo connects with his receivers off the bat, the 49ers offense could be looking at a big day to start the season.
Well guys, hopefully these are bold enough for you. I was sweating trying to type these predictions (just kidding… maybe)
Now, let’s get into some of the fan responses for their predictions for the upcoming game!