Back Road Team for NFL Picks in Giants vs. Cardinals

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:57 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014 12:57 PM UTC

The Giants looked bad in their Week 1 loss on Monday Night Football, but now get a chance at getting back on track at home. They'll take on an Arizona team that was able to get a close win over San Diego in its season opener. What are the NFL odds currently offering?

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The public has continue to hit Arizona hard, driving an opening PK line up to at least two points at a large chunk of the sportsbooks we've been monitoring. A site or two even have a full spread of three available.

The total for Week 2's game in New York has settled in at 42.5.

The one major injury concern is on Arizona's side, as Andre Ellington continues to be limited by a foot injury. Ellington, somewhat surprisingly, played through the ailment Week 1 and didn't appear to be limited. As the Cardinals' best running back, they would love to have Ellington available.

It's easy to see why NFL odds have been moving like they have been. The Giants put up a total stinker Week 1, getting blown out of the stadium by the Lions in front of a national television audience.

And while we don't expect this to be a walk in the park for Arizona, we are going to put our faith in them with our sports picks.

The Cardinals appear much more well-rounded, so we'll be adding them to our plays for Week 2.

NFL Picks: Cardinals +2 at 5Dimes

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The line may have opened at a PK, but now the Cardinals are favored by either a point or a point and a half, on sportsbooks like 5Dimes. The public obviously wasn't impressed with what they saw out of the Giants on Monday Night Football, and we weren't either.

We've seen a shift in the total as well, with the O/U starting at 45.5 and dropping all the way down to 43.5 on the NFL odds at time of writing.

New York Giants in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, -21.0 margin of victory

Arizona Cardinals in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS, +1.0 margin of victory

It may not have been the prettiest game, but Arizona did enough to earn a 18-17 home win over San Diego in Week 1. That being said, the Cardinals were unable to cover as three-point favorites.

In lead of the offense, Carson Palmer played very well, completing 24-of-37 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns. It was relatively surprising to see Andre Ellington active and playing, considering it had been feared he'd be lost for weeks with a foot injury. He finished with 80 total yards in the win. Michael Floyd showed up with five catches for 119 yards, and he was the only receiver to record at least 30 receiving yards.

As for the Giants, they were disappointing on Monday Night Football in Detroit.

It was ugly from the start. New York looked awful defensively and ended up losing 35-14 as 6.5-point underdogs.

Eli Manning and the offense struggled, with the veteran QB ending up 18-of-33 for 163 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Rashad Jennings finished with only 46 yards on 16 attempts in the losing effort.

It's back to the drawing board for coach Tom Coughlin, but at least he'll get to lead the Giants out at home in Week 2. New York really needs a good response after laying a dud, and it'd be surprising if they weren't more competitive in front of their own fans.

Nonetheless, we're going to have a hard time backing the Giants after that kind of performance. The Cardinals looked much more impressive in their win over a solid San Diego team, so there's a good chance we'll be siding with the road team with our NFL picks, even in spite of the likely line movement throughout the week.

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