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)

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4:25 p.m. ET

Saints at Eagles Betting Preview: Saints (-7/-110), Eagles (+7/-110)

New Orleans Saints

The Saints (10-2) clinched a playoff berth last Sunday by defeating the Falcons and earning their ninth consecutive victory, but still have something to play for other than seeding. New Orleans can wrap up their fourth consecutive NFC South title with a victory.

Quarterback Drew Brees (ribs) is eligible to come off injured reserve this week, but the Saints figure to give him another week of recovery and have him play in Week 15 against the Chiefs. The Saints are 8-0 without Brees over the last two seasons.

Taysom Hill is 3-0 as the starter in place of Brees and threw his first two scoring passes in the victory over the Falcons this past weekend.

Philadelphia Eagles

Going nowhere fast, the Eagles are on a four-game losing streak and will move away from quarterback Carson Wentz as rookie Jalen Hurts will make his first career start Sunday.

Hurts took over for Wentz in Sunday’s 30-16 loss to the Packers and went 5 of 12 for 109 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He also had 29 yards rushing on five carries. An Eagles’ defense that is seventh against the pass with 217.2 yards allowed per game, will look to hold Hill’s aerial game in check.

Philadelphia’s rush defense is in the bottom third of the league, though, and containing Saints running back Alvin Kamara could pose a problem. There is also Hill’s running ability to deal with.

Saints at Eagles Betting Pick for Week 14

Even with a playoff spot in hand, Hill figures to be plenty motivated knowing his run as the Saints’ starting quarterback is nearing an end. He will look to build off his two-TD performance last week and show that he can be the team’s QB of the future.

Hurts’ first start figures to give the Eagles a much-needed jolt of energy. If the Saints’ No. 2 rushing defense (76.1 yards per game) keeps Hurts’ scrambling abilities in check, New Orleans has more than enough for a 10th consecutive victory.

Saints at Eagles Betting Pick:

Saints 28, Eagles 17

Saints at Eagles Best Bet for Week 14

The Saints have the fourth best scoring defense in the NFL at 20.1 points allowed per game and have not given up more than 16 in any of their last five games. But that 16 came last weekend even though the Falcons barely had a rushing attack. The Eagles might be able to move the ball some, with play calls designed to get the most out of Hurts. It will give them some unpredictability, at least early.

Saints at Eagles Best Bet: Game OVER 44.5 total points (-110)

OddsUSA’s NFL Best Bets for Week 12: A Young Buck vs. the Old G.O.A.T

Happy Wednesday football fans and welcome back to our weekly edition of best picks for the upcoming slate of NFL games. Last week, I predicted close wins for the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, I picked that the Steelers would win big.

The Chiefs edged the Las Vegas Raiders by a 35-31 margin, while the Steelers beat up the Jacksonville Jaguars to the tune of 27-3. Unfortunately, the Packers prevented me from earning a perfect week as they fell to the Indianapolis Colts 34-31 despite leading by a 28-14 margin at halftime.

On the heels of another 2-1 week, my record stands at 25-7. Not too shabby, but I’m still somewhat disappointed because I was so close to a 3-0 week. Now that I’m done ranting a bit, here’s a look at my top outright picks for Week 12.

Week 12 NFL Best Bet No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I have to admit not having the defending champs as my absolute safest pick feels a bit strange, to say the least. Out of all the times I’ve gone with KC this season, this is the slimmest point spread, which makes me a little bit hesitant.

On the other hand, as is the case with most matchups, I’m going to ride the hot hand. And although the Chiefs needed a late-game scoring drive to edge the Raiders, they have won five straight since a 40-32 loss in Week 5 against, you guessed it, the Las Vegas Raiders. That being said, I’m going to go with the reigning champs to push their win streak to six games.

James’ pick: Chiefs win by less than a field goal

Week 12 NFL Best Bet No. 2: Seattle Seahawks (-5) at Philadelphia Eagles

The Seattle Seahawks have dropped two of their previous three and three of their last five games overall following a 5-0 start. Furthermore, while the Seahawks are a formidable home team, they are just 2-3 on the road.

On the other side of the coin, the Eagles are in first place in the NFC East. But don’t be deceived as they are 3-6 -1 in the worst division in the NFL. Given the fact that the Eagles have dropped their last two games, scoring 17 points in both contests, they won’t be able to keep up with one of the highest-scoring teams in the league.

James’ pick: Seahawks win by a field goal

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 12: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 12: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)

Yes, the Packers squandered a golden opportunity despite jumping out to a 14-point lead against one of the better defensive units in the league. Yes, they did keep me from posting a perfect mark in Week 11.

However, there are a few reasons why Aaron Rodgers and Co. are my safe pick this time around. As a guy that was born and raised in the Windy City, I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the Bears this season. Sure, they got off to a 5-1 start. However, that proved to be fool’s gold as they have dropped their last four games.

Meanwhile, the Packers are 3-3 in their last six games following a 4-0 start. When it comes to the Bears, though, betting against the green and gold would not be a good call. Not only are the Packers the better team this season, they always seem to be the better team when these rivals square off.

In fact, dating back to 2015, the Packers have won eight of the previous 10 meetings between these two teams. While the Bears’ defense has played well, they continue to struggle on offense. Having said that, look for the Packers’ dominance to continue against their division rival. At the same time, I’m a bit cautious about the point spread given the fact that their margin of victory exceeded 10 points just twice in those eight wins.

James’ pick: Packers win outright in a close one