The San Francisco 49ers are back home for a month-long homestand that will be a welcome relief after a lengthy road trip. The 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9, and follow that with the New York Giants, a bye week, and then the Seattle Seahawks. If they are ever going to snap their winless streak, it would seem to be the next couple weeks. The game gets going at 1:05 p.m. PT on FOX, and will have Chris Myers and Daryl Johnston calling the game from the booth, with Laura Okmin on the sideline.
This is certainly an interesting week to say the least. The team acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Monday, and then traded away cornerback Rashard Robinson on Tuesday. Garoppolo will not start against Arizona, and probably won’t even get playing time this week. Odds are pretty decent he will make his 49ers debut after their Week 11 bye. That gives C.J. Beathard two more games to show what he can do. He likely will not supplant Garoppolo anytime soon, but he will look to secure his spot as the team’s backup of the future.
Beathard will have a tough go of it this week, even against a shaky Cardinals team. He will not have his top weapon, with wide receiver Pierre Garçon sidelined the rest of the season with a neck injury. He also will not have his left tackle, with Joe Staley at least a couple weeks with an orbital fracture. We’ll see Trent Brown moved over to left tackle, and probably Zane Beadles starting at right tackle. Let’s hope Beathard survives.
The Cardinals have their own issues. Quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm and is done for most if not all of the season. Drew Stanton will start in his place, with Blaine Gabbert serving as Stanton’s backup. The Cardinals lost running back David Johnson earlier this season, and their defense has been shaky. They are currently 3-4, but their playoff hopes are pretty long.
The 49ers are a 2.5-point underdog, and outside of next week against the New York Giants, this is likely the closest spread they’ll have the rest of the season. It’s certainly a winnable game, but can the 49ers offense get anything going without Pierre Garçon and Joe Staley? The defense will be without defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, but will welcome back Reuben Foster. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon is now firmly in the starting lineup opposite Dontae Johnson, so we’ll get a chance to see what another youngster can do. I think the 49ers get their first win, but it’s not going to be a pretty game.
Here is a full rundown of how to watch today’s game.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Game time: Sunday, November 5, 1:05 p.m. PT
TV channel: FOX
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Radio: 810-AM, 107.7 (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan) | Full listings
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesus Zarate, Luis Landero)
Matchup History: 49ers lead 29-23
Announcers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (sideline)
Lead Referee: Craig Wrolstad
Enemy blog: Revenge of the Birds
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Regular season schedule
Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers - 23-3 LOSS
Week 2: @ Seattle Seahawks - 12-9 LOSS
Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Rams - 41-39 LOSS
Week 4: @ Arizona Cardinals - 18-15 LOSS
Week 5: @ Indianapolis Colts - 26-23 LOSS
Week 6: @ Washington - 26-24 LOSS
Week 7: vs. Dallas Cowboys - 40-10 LOSS
Week 8: @ Philadelphia Eagles - 33-10 LOSS
Week 9: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, November 5
Week 10: vs. New York Giants, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, November 12
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m., FOX, November 26
Week 13: @ Chicago Bears, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, December 3
Week 14: @ Houston Texans, 10:00 a.m., FOX, Sunday, December 10
Week 15: vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 17
Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 24
Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 31