The Arizona Cardinals square off against the New England Patriots in a pivotal Week 14 matchup with playoff implications for both teams.
Despite records of 4-8 and 6-6, respectively, the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots are still in their respective conferences’ playoff races. While both teams will be fighting to keep their slimming playoff hopes alive, there will also be some solid betting options out there. So let’s take a look at the three best bets for Week 14.
1 – DeAndre Hopkins Scores
The New England Patriots defense has allowed just five rushing touchdowns this season, making them one of the league’s stingiest rushing defenses. Therefore, you can expect Kyler Murray and Company to make their way through the air. This will give Hopkins plenty of scoring chances in Monday’s matchup.
Since returning from suspension, Hopkins has been the Arizona Cardinals most productive receiver. And you can expect him to be a go-to in this one.
2 – Arizona Cardinals win the second half
Except for a few outliers, the Cardinals have picked things up while their previous 12 games wore on. You can expect another slow start, but for things to gradually pick up. Look for the Cardinals defense to slow down the stagnating Mac Jones and Company, and for the offense to capitalize in this one with some short fields.
3 – OVER 43.5 in the over/under
The Arizona Cardinals and Patriots have both seen their respective offenses struggle at numerous times this season. Likewise, they saw their defenses pick up the slack, which has, at times, kept them in games.
And for this Week 14 Monday-nighter, expect no different. However, you can also expect someone to score in garbage time, which will push the score to 27-20 in the final two minutes. In this one, I have the Cardinals taking control late, which will lead to a Patriots touchdown, and subsequent onside kick. When the Redbirds recover, this game will be for the books.
Week 12 Results…
In Week 12, I went 2-1 in the best bets category, accurately predicting the over/under and that the first drive would end in a punt. I missed, however, on Marquise Brown scoring. Despite a solid game, he did not find the endzone.
This puts me at 17-19 on the year, and still well within striking distance of snagging the green for the season. We will see if another 2-1, or ideally, 3-0 record is in the cards this week.
(Game odds update regularly and are subject to change)
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