Date/Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:05 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium
Location: Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California
Series leader: 49ers lead 30-26
Streak: The 49ers won the last meeting, snapping a eight-game winning streak by Arizona
TV Broadcast: The game airs on Fox. Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Laura Okmin (sideline)
SB Nation Cardinals site: Revenge of the Birds
Forecast: It should be around 71 degrees when the game kicks off
Odds: The 49ers are 11-point favorites
How we got here:
- At the end of the season, unsurprisingly, 49ers fans were only 81% confident in the direction the team was headed.
- Things took a turn for the better after free agency, as that number climbed to 95%.
- Before the draft, the number dipped to 84%, and climbed two percent after the draft, to 86%.
- Heading into the preseason, we started sipping the Kool-aid again, and that number climbed to 90%. Now, with real football here, that number is at 89%. That’s the 11th highest number out of all team sites.
- Following the Week 1 victory over Tampa Bay, we’re up two percent, which brings us to 91%.
- After blowing out the Bengals, the confidence soared to 96%.
- After defeating the Steelers, despite turning the ball over five times, we’ve bumped that number up to 98%.
- With a bye week, that number may have dipped, or even plateaued. Not here. Up 1% to 99%
- Despite blowing the Browns out, our confidence dropped from 99% to 96%. The loss of Kyle Juszczyk and Mike McGlinchey should explain that.
- After dominating the Rams, that number jumped back up to 99%.
- The confidence poll dipped to 96% after the Mud Bowl. Evidently, style points matter when it comes to voting.
- Scoring 51 points against a top-5 defense brought that number back up to 99%. This was headed into Week 9. I’ll be interested if the 49ers defense having an off game will reflect the voting in next week’s FanPulse.
- No issues with the defense after a divisional win. The confidence is up 3% to 99%, which is the third-most of any team sites after the Ravens and Saints.
After the Niners’ first divisional loss, the confidence dipped all the way to 97%. With everything that went wrong, that’s fair. There shouldn’t be too much overreaction until we see all the things that frustrated us consistently.
What is the most exciting game left on the 2019 NFL schedule?
That’s a tough question. I’m surprised it’s this big of a blowout, especially coming off Monday night’s game. The Patriots are not enjoyable to watch. Their offense is boring. Their defense is excellent, but it doesn’t involve the type of game-changing plays that make you hop out of your seat like San Francisco does. I’m interested in the other Week 14 matchup that’s listed.