Coming off arguably their most comprehensive win of the season, the 49ers look to hit the halfway point of their schedule undefeated as they open Week 9 of the NFL season against the Cardinals on Thursday night.
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When: Thursday, Oct. 31
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
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The 49ers (7-0) took another step closer to matching their best start in 29 years after beating the Panthers 51-13 on Sunday. Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and added a fourth score receiving as San Francisco held an opponent under 250 yards for the fifth straight game.
Rookie Nick Bosa recorded a season-high three sacks, giving him seven. The 49ers also forced three turnovers. San Francisco had 16 takeaways, more than double its NFL-worst total of seven in 2018, and accumulated 69 points off those miscues.
Jimmy Garoppolo had an effective game, completing 18 of 22 passes for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he improved to 15-2 lifetime as a starter. Garoppolo's effectiveness and ability to stay healthy has given the 49ers an opportunity to possibly move third-string signal-caller C.J. Beathard before Tuesday's trade deadline.
Arizona's bid for its first four-game winning streak in four seasons was thwarted with a 31–9 defeat at New Orleans on Sunday. Playing without injured running back David Johnson, the Cardinals (3-4-1) struggled to move the ball all game and finished with 40 rushing yards and 237 overall.
No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray had a pedestrian 220 yards passing without a touchdown or interception. Arizona's defense had few answers for Drew Brees, who shredded the Cardinals for 373 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cardinals yielded a season-worst 510 yards and is giving up 407.1 per game. The team is struggling mightily against the pass, getting just two interceptions while opposing quarterbacks have thrown for 2,372 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Johnson is also not expected to play in this game as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. Chase Edmonds is expected to get the bulk of the carries for the Cardinals but was held to eight yards on seven carries against New Orleans.
Arizona recorded two of their three wins last season at the expense of the 49ers, with then-No. 1 overall pick Josh Rosen getting the better of Beathard in both games.