Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals Betting Preview

Sunday, December 20, 2020, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, 4:05 p.m. ET

Eagles at Cardinals Betting Preview: Eagles (+6.5/-110), Cardinals (-6.5/-110)

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles (4-8-1) remain in the NFC East race due to the entire division’s ineptitude but they can’t afford another setback with the Washington Football Team (6-7) in the midst of a four-game winning streak. Philadelphia halted a four-game slide last weekend with a solid 24-21 win over the New Orleans Saints as quarterback Jalen Hurts fared well in his first career start ahead of benched Carson Wentz. Hurts passed for 167 yards and rushed for 106 to join Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson as the only quarterback to rush for 100 or more yards in his first career start.

Hurts completed 17 of 30 passes and threw a touchdown against New Orleans but his ability to stretch the field will be scrutinized as his only completion of 20 or more yards was a short toss in which receiver Jalen Reagor gained 36 of the 39 yards after the catch. Running back Miles Sanders racked up a season-high 136 yards from scrimmage (115 rushing, 21 receiving) against the Saints and he also rushed for two touchdowns for the second time this season. Defensive end Brandon Graham has a team-leading seven sacks while linebacker Alex Singleton (team-high 87 tackles) has reached double digits in tackles in four of the past five games.

Protecting the ball better is necessary for the Eagles, who have a minus-10 turnover ratio due to 23 giveaways and 13 takeaways. The offensive line will be using its 13th different combination of the season as Matt Pryor will start at right tackle in place of Jack Driscoll, who suffered a season-ending knee injury versus New Orleans, while the status of cornerback Darius Slay (concussion) won’t be known until later in the week.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals (7-6) snapped a three-game slide with a defense-fueled 26-7 win over the New York Giants last weekend and now hold the edge for the final NFC wild-card spot. Arizona racked up eight sacks against New York with linebacker Haason Reddick having a game for the ages with a franchise-record five sacks in addition to forcing a career-best three fumbles. Reddick is suddenly sixth in the NFL with 10 sacks but he and his teammates may find it harder to corral the quarterback this time due to Hurts’ stellar mobility.

Safety Budda Baker (100 tackles, two interceptions) is always a force in the back end and he has reached the century mark in stops for the third straight season. Quarterback Kyler Murray has passed for 3,231 yards and 23 touchdowns against 10 interceptions but has exceeded 300 yards just twice all season. Murray’s partnership with wideout DeAndre Hopkins is certainly blossoming as Hopkins ranks third in the NFL with 94 receptions and fifth with 1,155 receiving yards.

Kicker Zane Gonzalez (back) sat out practice but if he misses a second straight game, Mike Nugent (4-for-4 on field goals against the Giants) rates as a strong fill-in. Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) is tied for the team lead of three interceptions with fellow cornerback Patrick Peterson and his status will be determined later in the week.

Eagles at Cardinals Betting Pick for Week 15

Arizona awoke from its recent slumber last week and controls its playoff fate as long as it doesn’t stumble. The huge defensive effort by Reddick energized the club and there should be a carryover effect against the Eagles.

Hurts engineered a solid victory over New Orleans but often that second NFL start is harder than the first. When you consider Philadelphia has been sliding downhill most of the season, he can play freely without pressure as he attempts to prove he’s a better 2021 option than turnover-prone Wentz (15 interceptions, four lost fumbles this season).

Eagles at Cardinals Betting Pick:

Cardinals 31, Eagles 23

Eagles at Cardinals Best Bet for Week 15

Two quarterbacks who finished their careers at Oklahoma and can make plays with their legs should draw extra motivation at the sight of the other. Hopkins (six 100-yard outings) will be tough for the Eagles to stop, particularly if Slay can’t play. 

Eagles at Cardinals Best Bet: OVER 49.5 total points (-105)

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 1 p.m. ET

Cardinals at Giants Betting Preview: Cardinals (-2.5/-114), Giants (+2.5/-106)

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals (6-6) are looking to break out of a slump that has seen them drop four of their past five games. Quarterback Kyler Murray has accounted for 32 touchdowns (22 passing, 10 rushing) but is having difficulty dealing with defensive approaches aimed at limiting his ability to escape the pocket. Murray has just 61 total rushing yards over the past three games after having at least that many in seven of Arizona’s first nine games.

Murray completed just 53.8 percent of his passes — 21 of 39 — in last week’s 38-28 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, his second lowest ratio of the campaign. Star wideout DeAndre Hopkins (1,019 receiving yards) also has seen his output drop of late as 55 yards represents his highest total over the past three games. Veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list this week, and he could return after a two-game absence.

Safety Budda Baker leads the team with 94 tackles and also has two interceptions and two sacks. Two other safeties, Jalen Thompson (ankle) and Charles Washington (groin), are ailing, and their statuses will be determined later in the week.

New York Giants

The Giants (5-7) have won four consecutive games and are tied for first place in the NFC East with the Washington Football Team. New York used the power approach to upset the host Seattle Seahawks last week as Wayne Gallman picked up a career-high 135 of the team’s 190 rushing yards and the defensive posted a season-high five sacks. Defensive end Leonard Williams had 2.5 sacks, giving him a team-leading 8.5, while linebacker Blake Martinez is third in the NFL with 111 tackles.

The availability of quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) is expected to be determined Friday as he looks to return after a one-game absence. Colt McCoy started against Seattle and completed 13 of 22 passes for 105 yards with one touchdown toss and one interception. He will be ready to play if Jones is ruled out. Gallman has just 504 rushing yards on the season, but 229 of them have come over the past two weeks.

Martinez (back) missed Wednesday’s practice but is expected to be fine by Sunday. New York surely doesn’t want to play without him after allowing an average of just 16.5 points during the four-game winning streak.

Cardinals at Giants Betting Pick for Week 14

The Giants just defeated Russell Wilson and the Seahawks — in Seattle — behind a backup quarterback. That certainly provides belief that New York can beat Murray and the Cardinals in the Meadowlands whether or not Jones is back on the field.

Arizona is trying to cure its offensive woes, but the Giants have been playing superbly on the defensive side. Murray is not an easy quarterback to corral, but nobody figured New York would sack Wilson five times either.

Cardinals at Giants Betting Pick:

Giants 23, Cardinals 20

Cardinals at Giants Best Bet for Week 14

The Giants are hot and the Cardinals are not — that’s the most important thing. That leans toward Arizona’s offense being slowed down and the total dipping under.

Cardinals at Giants Best Bet: UNDER 45.5 total points (-115)

Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots Betting Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2020, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, 1 p.m. ET

Cardinals at Patriots Betting Preview: Cardinals (-2/-110), Patriots (+2/-110)

Arizona Cardinals

All eyes will be on dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray, who was limited in practice to begin the week after injuring his right throwing shoulder last Thursday in the Cardinals’ 28-21 loss to Seattle. There’s nothing wrong with his legs, however, as Murray has rushed for 10 touchdowns to pace Arizona’s top-ranked offense (414.3 total yards per game).

Trusted target DeAndre Hopkins (NFL-high 912 receiving yards), Christian Kirk (team-leading six receiving touchdowns) and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald provide Murray with a bevy of weapons in the passing game. Fitzgerald led the Cardinals (6-4) with eight receptions last week, however Arizona was undone by a familiar foe (penalties) after being flagged 10 times for 115 yards.

Kenyan Drake found the end zone versus the Seahawks to give him his third straight road game with a rushing touchdown. Fellow running back Chase Edmonds has a touchdown in four of his past five games on the road for the Cardinals, who boast the NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack at 157.7 yards per game.

New England Patriots

The Patriots (4-6) will go from out of the frying pan and into the fire as they attempt to subdue a dynamic quarterback for the second straight week. It didn’t go so well last Sunday in a 27-20 setback to Houston, as Deshaun Watson gashed their defense for 344 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Cam Newton erupted for 365 yards last Sunday, with Damiere Byrd reeling in six passes for a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown. Running back James White also had six receptions, however the Patriots’ fourth-ranked rushing attack (153.6 yards) was limited to just 86 yards in the defeat.

Adding injury to insult was the loss of versatile Rex Burkhead, who indicated this week that the knee injury he sustained versus the Texans will end his season. Fellow running back Damien Harris has recorded at last 50 yards from scrimmage in five straight games.

Cardinals at Patriots Betting Pick for Week 12

Limiting Murray’s ground game translates into success for opposing defenses, as the Cardinals are just 1-8-1 when the shifty quarterback has been kept under 30 rushing yards. Murray has been held under that total on two occasions this season — including just 15 yards last week versus the Seahawks.

Easier said than done, however, and the Patriots likely will find that out the hard way on Sunday.

Cardinals at Patriots Betting Pick: Cardinals 34, Patriots 20

Cardinals at Patriots Best Bet for Week 12

The Cardinals are firmly in contention in the NFC West, but their generous defense can take them out of it in a hurry if it doesn’t improve soon. Arizona has allowed an average of 31.5 points over its last four games, and that number makes the over a safe play in this one.

Cardinals at Patriots Best Bet: OVER 49.5 total points (-110)