On this week's Sunday Night Football game, the fans are going to get a real treat as Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals (7-2) square off against his old team, the Cincinnati Bengals (8-1).
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, November, 22nd at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. According to 5 Dimes Sportsbook, the Cardinals are a 5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 48.5 on our NFL odds board.
I definitely expect the Bengals to bounce back offensively as they don't have to face a defense such as Houston's with J.J. Watt in Andy Dalton's grill for the entire game. From watching the Cardinals vs, Seahawks last week, Carson Palmer has recovered well from his surgeries and has developed a real chemistry with his receivers. This could be a high scoring affair.
Something To Prove
Both of these quarterbacks have something to prove. When Palmer was with the Bengals, he was in a a bad place mentally and temporarily retired. He then found a team that he fit in well with in the Cardinals and it looked like the Cardinals were headed for a possible Super Bowl, but the Cards lost Palmer and their 2nd string quarterback to injuries. This year, Palmer is healthy and future hall of famer, Larry Fitzgerald is getting utilized the same way that he did when Kurt Warner was the quarterback with the Cardinals.
8-1 and Dissention?
For the Bengals, Andy Dalton has always performed well in the regular season. There was a stat that flashed on the screen last week and Dalton had the best winning percentage of all of the Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks all time. The problem is that Dalton hasn't performed well in the post season.
If you watch last week you saw that Dalton was being booed and this was a quarterback that hadn't lost a game all season long. The fans expect an epic collapse. I don't think that we'll see a collapse in this game from Dalton as he'll be on the road with less pressure and expect tight end, Tyler Eifert to step up. Eifert dropped several catchable balls against Houston after he had a 3 touchdown week previously.
We should see an effective Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert although running back, Jeremy Hill is a question mark. Team depth has led the Bengals to an 8-1 mark. One player has a bad week and another player steps up. National television in a huge game against the Cardinals could possibly be a great spot for Pro-Bowl wide receiver, A.J. Green to step up.
The Cardinals are definitely in the better spot as they're at home and pretty much embarrassed the Seattle defense along with Russell Wilson in Seattle least week. Michael Floyd dealt with the Legion of Boom very physically and he had his best game receiving this year. If Floyd continues to use his strength in running routes from an accurate Carson Palmer, it's curtains for the Bengals.
Let's not forget Larry Fitzgerald, who is back to being one of the best receivers in the NFL. Palmer and Fitzgerald have a chemistry. Thus far this season, Fitzgerald has 65 receptions for 836 yards and 7 TD's.
This is definitely a receiver with a lot left in the tank as he hasn't been utilized like he should've for part of his career. Now that Floyd has proven to be a force offensively, opposing defenses can't key in on Fitzgerald. I expect him to have another 100 yard game as Carson Palmer would love to stick it to the vulnerable Bengals,
Also look for Chris Johnson to have a better game than last week as he's not facing a defense like Seattle's. Look for the Cardinals to take control of this game and cover a rather high betting spread.