NFL Week 18: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Game Preview

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The Arizona Cardinals are set to travel to Levi’s stadium to take on the San Francisco 49ers in a week eighteen divisional matchup. The Cardinals come into the game with a record of 4-12 and currently sit in last place in the NFC West. They are only one game behind the Los Angeles Rams for third place in the division. This has been an awful season for the Cardinals, and with quarterback Kyler Murray still on the IR, they are more than eager for their year to come to an end. On the flip side, the 49ers enter the contest with a record of 12-4 and currently hold a four game lead over the second place Seattle Seahawks. Even with the division clinched, there is still a lot for the 49ers to gain with a win. If they are able to take down the Cardinals to close out the regular season, there is a chance they could end up being tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the best record in the NFC. 

Arizona Cardinals Hope to Pull Off Massive Upset

The Arizona Cardinals are coming off of a very close 20-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. With many of the Cardinals’ star players on the bench, it is not too surprising they did not come out on top. They were forced to start David Blough at quarterback who finished the game with 222 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. Although he did a great job of not turning the ball over, Blough struggled to complete passes. 

This will be a very tough matchup for the Cardinals as the 49ers are amongst the best teams in the NFC. Even at full strength, this would still be an uphill battle for Arizona. They will have to have a few players really step up and take over on Sunday if they want to finish their season with a win. 

San Francisco 49ers Look to Better Their Playoff Position With Win

Last week, the San Francisco 49ers narrowly defeated the Las Vegas Raiders by a final score of 37-34. This was a very tough look for the 49ers as they should have been able to easily handle the Raiders. Their defense did not look like themselves in this matchup, and they will have a great chance to right the ship this week before the playoffs kick off. 

They have the Cardinals greatly outmatched this week, and with there still being a lot on the line for the 49ers in terms of playoff seeding, it is unlikely that they rest their starters. Chrisitan McCafferty has had a remarkable start to his time with the 49ers and he shows no signs of stopping. Last week, he finished with 183 all purpose yards and one rushing touhcdown. 

He could be poised for another big week against Arizona. Given the difference in talent between the two teams, it would not be surprising if San Francisco has a commanding enough lead to sit some of their stars through the second half.