|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL In the final week of the 2010 NFL regular season the NFC West third place team, the San Francisco 49ers will host their NFC West rivals the fourth place Arizona Cardinals. Both the 49ers and the Cards’ go into Week 17 with a 5-10 record. As for betting lines, the 49ers are the minus 6.5 point favorites this weekend with the total over under at 38. When sports betting here are some facts to consider before placing your bets. This will be the final football game as a 49er for quarterback Alex Smith. He becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season, but this is good news to many San Francisco fans, as it is generally known that they hold the teams six season losing streak against him. Overall it has been nothing but disappointment for the 49ers who went into the 2010 season as favorites in their division. Their 0 and 5 start this season was a foreshadow of what was to come. They bounced back mid season, but when the lost St. Louis last weekend 25-17 the also lost their playoff hopes. Their interim coach, Jim Tomsula, was officially introduced to the media this week, in a conference where he told reporters that he is squarely focused on winning the team's final game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
As San Francisco searches for a new GM, everyone is crossing their fingers that they will start to see a change of pace as early as this weekend thanks to Tomsula.
As for the Arizona Cardinals, they got some help last weekend for their Christmas win over the Dallas Cowboys at 27-26. That help being frm their rookie quarterback John Skelton who now holds a 2-1 record as an NFL starting QB. He went 11 for 25 for 183 yards, and was king of the rookies last weekend in the victory over the Cowboys. He completed three crucial passes on the final drive which ended with Jay Feely’s winning 48-yard field goal with only 5 seconds to go. But the biggest play was on fourth and fifteen as he hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 26-yard gain. It was bittersweet as it was Fitzgerald’s lone catch of the night, he had previously caught multiple receptions for 97 consecutive games, his record is the fourth longest in NFL history. The Cards will be sure to utilize their rookie talents this weekend as the season finale underdogs when they take on the 49ers.