Cardinals Wrong Favorite on Week 8 NFL Odds Board vs. Eagles

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:15 PM GMT

The Eagles take to the highway after a bye week while the Cardinals return home to the desert after a successful trip to Oakland but after perusing the NFL odds which team is poised to cash in our NFL picks on Sunday?

Philadelphia Eagles (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS)
When last we saw the Eagles take to the gridiron they were thrashing their divisional rivals and putting the finishing touches on their first shutout in 18 years with a convincing 27-0 victory over the New York Giants. Quarterback Nick Foles struck for two touchdown passes but also tossed two picks however the big story was LeSean McCoy busting out of a season long funk to chew up the Giants run defense for a season high 149 yards with a 6.8 yards per carry average. In addition, the Eagles defense suffocated Eli Manning and put him under duress throughout the game, sacking the Giants quarterback six times.

The Eagles will look to the air against the Cardinals as they do against virtually every team they play. However, their 7th ranked passing attack may take a bit of a back seat if Shady McCoy can continue the momentum from the Giants game. In order to ground-and-pound the Eagles will need their line to blow holes as they did against Big Blue but the Cardinals boast the top rated run defense so expect a test of wills. The Philadelphia defense can be the difference maker if they can rattle Carson Palmer as they did in Week 6 to Eli Manning.

 

Arizona Cardinals (5-1 SU, 5-1 ATS)
The Cardinals took to the highway and flew to the Bay area where the oddsmakers installed them as 3 ½ -point betting favorites in NFL odds last week. The Redbirds opened up a 14-0 lead only to see the surprisingly gritty Raiders close to within one midway through the third quarter. But the Cardinals rallied and tacked on 10 more points to cover the NFL odds with relative ease en route to their 24-13 road win.

Perhaps one of the pleasant takeaways from this game, besides the victory itself, is the continuing emergence of stalwart receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Long considered one of the premier wideouts in a game of pass catching luminaries Fitzgerald has been under the radar this season accounting for neither most receiving yards nor receiving touchdowns on his own team. Those distinctions go to Michael Floyd (353 yards) and rookie John Brown (3 TD’s) respectively, therefore it is heartening for Arizona fans to see Fitz catching 10 of the last 11 passes thrown his way over the past two games. Another big story concerning the Cardinals offense is their multifaceted running back Andre Ellington who accounted for 160 yards from scrimmage against the Raiders.

 

Free NFL Pick
Carson Palmer has been cool as the other side of the pillow this season with regards to passing in the pocket and avoiding turnovers. Conversely, we have a gunslinger in Nick Foles who seems to toss as many touchdowns as he does picks. The Philadelphia offense has far more upside but the Cardinals possess a more mature steady approach as well as home field advantage in this one. The Arizona defense has been woeful against the pass (ranked 31st) but tremendous against the run (ranked 1st).  

The oddsmakers opened this betting line at Arizona -3 in NFL odds but that number fell almost immediately to 2 ½ in many, though not all, offshore books. That drop is telling because three points is significant in this league and that’s why it is important to go shopping for the best number. However, I don’t believe the Eagles will need even a point here as the oddsmakers have the wrong favorite. Nick Foles will torch the anemic secondary of the Cardinals and Palmer will have to go to the air early and often. Expect the scores to pile up but watch Philadelphia end up on top for our NFL picks.

NFL Pick: Eagles +3 (-120) and +125 on the money line at The Greek

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