The Arizona Cardinals head to Florida this week to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond Jones Stadium.
Back to Back Losses to Top Teams
The Arizona Cardinals looked like they were in business when they picked up three straight wins after starting the season at 0-2-1 SU. But the Cardinals have suffered back to back losses to the NFC’s top two teams in the 49ers and Saints to fall to 4th in the NFC West at 3-5-1 SU on the year.
Last week, the Cardinals gave the unbeaten 49ers a good fight before losing 25-28. Kyler Murray threw for 241 yards with two touchdowns while the newly acquired Kenyan Drake rushed for 110 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown. Murray has been impressive in his rookie season as he has thrown for 2,229 yards with 9 touchdowns and four interceptions. He is also Arizona’s leading rusher with 313 yards and two touchdowns this season.
The Cardinals rank 19th in passing at 223.9 yards per game. Arizona is 14th on the ground with an average of 120.6 yards per outing. They are scoring only 21.7 points per game while allowing their opponents to score 27.9 points per game this season.
Odds were taken from BetOnline as of 11/06/19
Four-Game Losing Streak
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Tampa Bay opened the season a promising 2-2 but they have since struggled to pick up a victory. The Buccaneers are 2-6 SU on the season but four of their losses have come by seven points or fewer.
The Bucs pushed the Seattle Seahawks to overtime last week while playing on the road but ended up losing by six points, 34-40. Russell Wilson threw for 378 yards with 5 touchdowns and the Buccaneers have given up a league-high 19 touchdowns. Jameis Winston has thrown for 2,407 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Tampa Bay ranks 7th in passing yards at 277.4 per game and they are 19th on the ground with an average of 99.3 rushing yards per contest. The Buccaneers are 4th in the NFL in scoring at 28.8 points per game but they are allowing their opponents to score 31.5 points per game this season.
Arizona is 4-12-1 SU in their last 17 games played. The Cardinals are 2-2 SU in their last four games played on the road, 2-8-1 SU in their last 11 games against the NFC Conference, and 1-5 SU in their last six games played in November. Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in their last six games played. The Buccaneers are 0-5 SU in their last five games played at home and 4-13 SU in their last 17 games played in the NFC West division. Head to head, the Cardinals are 5-3 SU in their last eight meetings but they are the NFL betting underdogs in this matchup.
The Buccaneers are taking their high-scoring act home against Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. Despite their 2-6 SU record, they have played their opponents tough with four losses by just seven points or fewer and not losing by more than two touchdowns this season.
The Cardinals rushed for over 150 yards in two out of their last three games played. However, they will be facing a stiff challenge against a Tampa Bay rush defense that is #1 in the NFL right now at 78 yards per game allowed. Faced with this, Kyler Murray will be forced to pass because the Buccaneers have one of the worst passing defenses this season. The Cardinals though are in the same boat as the Bucs when it comes to passing defense and with the better offensive showing this season, I think the Buccaneers will eke out a win at home. I’m picking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat the Arizona Cardinals.
Other Bets to Make
The Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last five games played. Arizona is also 4-1 ATS in their last five games played on the road. The Buccaneers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games played. Tampa Bay is 0-3 ATS in their last three games played at home and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games played in November. Head to head, the Cardinals are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games played against Tampa Bay.
Odds from BetOnline as of 11/06/19
Arizona has outscored Tampa Bay by an average of 4.6 points per game in their last 10 games played and 13.67 points per game in their last three meetings. Tampa Bay has five players who are currently on their injury report and they could very well be coming in short-handed against the Cardinals. I think the Bucs can still win but I can’t be too sure if it’s going to be by more than a field goal. That said, I’ll take my chance with the plus points here. Arizona is 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games against Tampa Bay. The Bucs win but the Cardinals will cover the spread.
Prediction: Cardinals +4
The total has gone over in five out of the nine games played by the Cardinals this season. Arizona has seen the total go under in three out of their four road games played this season but over in seven out of their eight games against the NFC South Division. The total has gone over in each of the last six games played by Tampa Bay. The over is 5-0 in the Buccaneers’ last five games against the NFC Conference. Head to head, the total has gone under in 8 out of the last 11 games played between these two teams.
Odds from BetOnline as of 11/06/19
These teams have combined to score 39.88 points per game in their last 10 meetings and 47.0 points per game in their last three encounters. Tampa Bay has allowed at least 30 points per game in five out of their last six games played. These two teams are in the bottom five in the league in scoring defense and they are allowing a combined 59.4 points per game this season. These two squads are also in the bottom four in the NFL in passing defense so I expect both teams to throw and score a lot.
Prediction: Over 51