49ERS, 20-10

WHO WILL WIN AND WHY

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - LEADING OFF -

Con­sen­sus line: Car­di­nals by 11⁄ 2

Pre­dic­tion: Two teams go­ing in the same di­rec­tion take the field with even greater des­per­a­tion than they car­ried into their snooze­fest in Week 4. That over­time game was a de­fen­sive bat­tle fea­tur­ing two teams that since have changed quar­ter­backs, so it would seem that of­fense won’t be a big part of the re­match. But both de­fenses have fallen on hard times, and the win­ner could de­pend on which quar­ter­back man­ages a bet­ter game. Based on how San Fran­cisco rookie C.J. Beathard played last week, it wouldn’t be a huge sur­prise if the 49ers turned to Brian Hoyer again. The Car­di­nals are stuck with Drew Stan­ton.

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