Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants
The Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants meet for a week four match up in the desert. The Giants are -1 point favorites with an over/under point total set at 45.
The Arizona Cardinals made some big moves in the offseason and through three games they appear to be still settling in. QB Kevin Kolb gets his chance to be the starter and through three games with Arizona he has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 812 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions and he has been sacked eight times. Kolb’s primary target has been Larry Fitzgerald who has 15 catches and two touchdowns and Early Doucet who has 10 catches and a score. Beanie Wells sat out last week but he is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and in Wells’ absence Chester Taylor got the start. Last season when Arizona took the big step backwards the biggest change was in their defense who had lost several key pieces. This season the Cardinals defense has four interceptions and nine sacks but have yet to recover a fumble leaving them at a minus one turnover differential. Paris Lenon, Calais Campbell, and Kerry Rhodes are all tied for the team lead in tackles while Campbell has two and a half sacks and Rhodes has two. In the wide open NFC West Arizona just needs to keep close in order to scoop up the division in the second half of the year.
The New York Giants are tied for the lead in the NFC east and while no one is ready to give them the division title after three weeks, Tom Coughlin’s team has already surprised some people. After losing in week one in Washington the Giants have reeled off back to back wins and have looked impressive in doing so. Eli Manning has completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 745 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions while being sacked 10 times. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs continue to both contribute in the backfield with Bradshaw averaging 4.4 yards per carry and Jacobs averaging 3.4 and each scoring a touchdown. Hakeem Nicks leads the New York receivers with 14 catches and the Giants get Mario Manningham back this week after missing last week with a concussion. The Giants defense has played well with eight sacks, three interceptions, and four fumble recoveries to create a plus four turnover differential. Antrell Rolle leads the Giants with 23 tackles followed by Kenny Phillips with 22 and Jacquian Williams with 19. Tom Coughlin knows that winning the turnover battle makes up for a lot and look for the Giants to continue to focus in that area.
Arizona is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games as a home underdog, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games following a loss, and 6-13 against the spread after allowing less than 15 points their previous game. New York is 7-2 against the spread as a road favorite of up to three points, 14-6 against the spread in their last 20 games as a road favorite, and 25-12 against the spread following a win. The road team is 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 meetings of these two.
With the total set at 45 the odds makers seem to have it close but this one shapes up to go over as we have two teams who can throw the ball around and with the Cardinals issues in the backfield they will be throwing it even more. The Cardinals games have gone over in eight of their last 10 home games and all five of the last times the Giants have been a road favorite.