NFL Football Point Spreads Picks – Eagles Vs Cardinals Predictions
Sunday Night Football Lines – Defenses to Rule in Eagles and Cardinals Week 3 Skirmish
Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC
Bookmaker Sportsbook has Michael Vick and his Philadelphia Eagles teammates favored on Sunday’s pro football betting lines for their Week 3 match-up with the upstart Arizona Cardinals in the desert.
The Arizona Cardinals ( 2-0, 2-0 ATS ) will take to the pro football lines gridiron on Sunday, September 23rd looking to once again prove they aren’t to be overlooked when they lock horns with the Philadelphia Eagles ( 2-0, 0-2 ATS ); kick-off from University of Phoenix Stadium for this battle of undefeateds is set to go down on FOX at 4:05 ET.
Philadelphia Eagles: -4
Arizona Cardinals: +4
The Eagles have forced their fans to grab for the Alka-Seltzer a number of times over the last two weeks, but for a team that grossly failed to live up to lofty expectations a year ago, I’m sure the upset stomach, heartburn, and acid indigestion was well worth it. Philadelphia will once again hit the road a perfect 2-0 SU after stealing a 17-16 win in Cleveland in Week 1 and following it up with a come-from-behind 24-23 win in their Week 2 home opener against the Ravens; the pair of one-point wins saw Head Coach Andy Reid’s outfit fail to cover the closing pro football betting lines on both occasions.
That said, the Eagles dominated both the Browns and Ravens outgaining the former by 246 yards and the latter by 161 yards. The reason for just barely getting by was because of turnovers, as Philadelphia turned the ball over a combined nine times! QB Michael Vick was responsible for a bulk of them by tossing six costly interceptions, but the Eagles field general made up for it by surpassing the 300-yard passing mark in both games. Still, you can only pull out so many last second wins, and with them running up against a Cardinals defense that just shut the Patriots down in Foxboro, putting points on the board in this spot will be no easy task.
Oddsmakers have shown no faith in Arizona who went off the board as decided underdogs in each of its first two games of the season. Let me take that back; they did install them short home favorites in Week 1, but JQP bet the Seahawks heavily after shining in the preseason to ultimately turn them into the decided road favorite. While the game was nip and tuck the whole way through with points extremely hard to come by, QB Kevin Kolb came in from off the bench to lead the game-winning drive late in the 4th quarter.
Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s outfit built off the momentum and confidence gained from that game by going into New England and handing the Pats their first ever loss in a Gillette Stadium home opener! Now granted, the team was aided by the loss of TE Aaron Hernandez early in the 1st quarter and were gifted a shank by Stephen Gostkowski at the game’s conclusion, but make no mistake about it, Arizona controlled that game from the opening kick and deserved to pull out the win as gargantuan 13-point pro football lines underdogs. The Cardinals now return home where they’re 11-5 SU & ATS the L/16 times they went off the board dogged in front of the hometown faithful.
Free Prediction – In this day and age of exceptionally high scoring NFL games, it’s rare to actually look at a line set in the low 40’s and feel confident about backing the ‘under’. However, that’s exactly how I feel here with the Eagles exceptional pass defense matched up against an undermanned Cardinals passing attack. On the flipside, Arizona has the horses to get after Vick and keep the Eagles behind the sticks all game long.
The Cardinals have played to the low side of the ‘total’ in eight of their L/11 overall games and in four of their L/6 home games. The ‘under’ has also cashed in five of the Eagles L/6 road tussles, and with them having a date with the division rival Giants on Sunday night in Week 4, look for them to want to get in, get out, and keep everyone healthy.
Take Eagles/Cardinals Under 43.5 Points on Sunday
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