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Cardinals vs. Patriots: NFL Week 12 Picks and Game Predictions

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Cardinals vs. Patriots: NFL Week 12 Picks and Game Predictions

Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots

Sunday, November 29, 2020 – 1:00 ET at Gillette Stadium

The 6-4 Arizona Cardinals travel across the country to take on the 4-6 New England Patriots in an early afternoon kick off. The Cardinals come into this game as around a field goal favorite, according to the best sportsbooks, with a total set at just over 50 points.

How Will Kyler Murray Look?

The Cardinals are looking to bounce back from their Thursday night loss in Seattle in week 11. It was a game they had a good chance of winning until Kyler Murray hurt his shoulder early in the game; after that they weren’t using him in the run game and he was getting treatment after every series which inevitably affected the passing game as well. He took a few more hits in that game including a sack to end the game, so will he be OK for this one?

He may well be hampered by it, but after having a rest day at training he said that he “feels fine” and it sounds like he’ll be good to go.

My worry would be whether it limits his rushing attempts. That’s a huge part of his game. He sits second in the league in rushing TDs this season with 10 on the year, only failing to score in 2 games. Last week was joint for his lowest rushing attempts of the season and his lowest rush yards this year.

They still got weapons. Kenyan Drake filled in at the goal-line and scored last week, DeAndre Hopkins leads the league in receiving yards, Christian Kirk has been scoring, Larry Fitzgerald keeps going and Chase Edmonds gets the receiving work from the backfield.

Damien Harris
Damien Harris #37 of the New England Patriots. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Will the Patriots Have Given Up?

The Patriots suffered a mortal wound against the Texans last week. The loss effectively ended their slim hopes of making the playoffs, having just a 4% chance of making the post-season. So will they be up for this game? Or will they play for draft position?

They really should go for draft position. They’re a very talent-poor roster at the moment, with Damiere Byrd or Jakobi Meyers leading the receiving game, no tight end to speak of, and Cam Newton has been just adequate this season. That’s about it.

The run game has looked OK at least, Damien Harris was expected to be the main man before getting injured, he returned a couple of weeks back with 121 yards against the Ravens and he found the end-zone last week. His role could be hampered by the return of Sony Michel who they got off IR last week before making him inactive.

The defense is even worse than the offense this year. They had a lot of experienced players opting-out and it’s cost them, DVOA has them ranked as the worst defense in the league.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals on November 15, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Who Wins This Game?

On the betting sites, I’ve got to take the Cardinals to win and cover in this game. They’ve covered the bookmakers spread in 6 of their games this season, and I think it would have been 7 had it not been for injury last week.

It’s never wise to bet against Bill Belichick, but his Patriots have only covered 4 games this season, so while they’re clearly still respected by the bookies, it looks like they’re not playing up to expectations this year.

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