The Arizona Cardinals playoff hopes are slipping and will continue to slip unless they can pull off a win at home against the Seahawks in Week 9.
The Arizona Cardinals have gotten off to a rough start this season, going 3-5 in their first eight games. Now that we are officially at the season’s midpoint, they have their work more than cut out for them.
But now that we know how this offense functions, there are some good bets surrounding them. Here are three of my favorite bets this week, all of which have something to do with the Cardinals offense, both indirectly and directly.
1 – OVER 49.5 Over/Under
I’m not sure if oddsmakers at Fan Duel are judging things from the previous game between these two teams, but this is a generous over/under as it stands at the moment. With Hopkins having returned to the Arizona Cardinals lineup, they have become a different offense, and the Seahawks offense under Geno Smith has been one of the NFL’s hottest.
For this one, taking the Over makes the most sense here. Especially with the Seahawks defense, despite a good showing against the Cardinals in Week 6 and in its two subsequent games, still prone to struggling.
2 – First drive result: Punt
For this bet, I’m banking on the Cardinals getting the ball first. As it stands, the Cardinals have scored just nine points in the first quarter, meaning it is highly likely that they will end up punting after the first drive.
However, with Hopkins back in the fold over the last two games, the Cardinals offense has scored field goals in the first, so this is a riskier bet than it has been in the past. But since the offense has not clicked in the first even with Hopkins, it remains one of the better bets for Sunday’s contest.
3 – Fourth quarter winner: Arizona Cardinals
This one only refers to fourth quarter results, and while the Cardinals have allowed more fourth quarter points than their opponents over the previous three games, they also scored more in the fourth in each of their first five contests.
And since the Cardinals offense is nowhere near as stagnant with receiver DeAndre Hopkins on the field, they can easily snag a fourth quarter win here. The Seahawks offense has scored 210 points, more than any team in the NFC to date, meaning this game can easily result in a high-scoring affair.
The Cardinals also tend to score more in the second half, indicating the bulk of their points could come in the fourth quarter. If this game ends up as high scoring as I believe, coupled with the Cardinals 5-3 record in winning the fourth quarter this year, the odds are in the Redbirds favor.
Last week’s results…
And just like that, I went 3-0 last week. My bets included the Arizona Cardinals scoring over the 22.5-point mark, over their 2.5-touchdown projection, and scoring a field goal on their first drive. Overall, it was a great week from the best bets standpoint.
As for best bets, I am now 14-11, so hopefully I can gain some much-needed leeway this week by winning the above bets. Worst-case scenario, however, is that I will simply revert back to 0.500. We will see what this week brings, and I will keep you updated.
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