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The San Francisco 49ers will be trying to extend their unblemished straight-up record to 8-0 when they take on the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football as 10-point road favorites on the NFL betting odds.

San Francisco remained undefeated while rolling to a 51-13 rout of the visiting Carolina Panthers as 4-point home chalk in Week 8, and has now claimed victory by double-digit margins on five occasions so far this season going into Thursday night’s game at State Farm Stadium.

Now possessing a 1.5-game lead over the second-place Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West standings, the Niners have emerged as heavy -165 favorites in NFL betting to claim their first divisional crown in seven years, and have vaulted to a short +800 bet on the Super Bowl odds to end their 25-year championship drought.

The Niners have built their perfect record with some impressive performances on the road, claiming victory by an average margin of 15 points in four wins away from Levi’s Stadium, including a trio of outright wins while pegged as betting underdogs on the NFL lines. The team has also regularly rewarded bettors this season, posting against-the-spread wins in five of their first seven games, including three of four road contests.

That marks a dramatic turnaround from last season, when they covered the NFL spread in just two of eight road outings. However, San Francisco has turned in shaky results when pegged as a road favorite on the NFL odds, going a middling 4-4 SU in their past eight and covering just once in their past five. The 49ers have also turned in uneven results when hitting the road as heavy road chalk, going 9-1 SU when pegged as road favorites of 10 or more points, but also going 2-5 ATS in their past seven.

 

Cardinals Look to Get Back on Track on Thursday

 

The Cardinals return home after falling 31-9 to the New Orleans Saints as 12.5-point road underdogs in Week 8 action. However, despite the setback the Cardinals have plenty to be pleased about. The team tallied three straight wins prior to last weekend’s defeat, which marks the first time that Arizona had won three in a row since the 2015 NFL football season.

While the Cardinals’ win streak was welcomed by a long-suffering fanbase that saw the team post just three total wins over their previous 20 contests, the victories largely came against inferior opponents. Arizona opened its surge with a narrow 26-23 road victory over the still-winless Cincinnati Bengals, and followed up with wins over the struggling Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants, all as betting underdogs.

Arizona has been largely outclassed in dates with playoff contenders, including losses by double-digit margins to Carolina and Seattle as well as the Saints. The Cardinals have also lost outright in 12 of 13 contests while pegged as double-digit underdogs since 2012, with all but one of those games taking place on the road. The team has fared far better on the rare occasions that they have been listed as home underdogs of 10 or more points, going 3-4 SU and 6-1 ATS in seven such contests since 1991.

And while the Cardinals sit well back of San Francisco in the NFC West, and on the divisional odds where they lag as +5000 longshots, they enjoy a lengthy track record of success in head-to-head matchups with the 49ers, winning outright in nine of 10 since September 2014 and covering in each of their past three. That run features five straight SU wins at home, capped by a narrow 18-15 win as 2.5-point underdogs in Week 8 last season.

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