Arizona Cardinals vs. Cleveland Browns
The Arizona Cardinals and the Cleveland Browns meet in an out of conference NFL battle on Sunday. The Cardinals are -6.5 favorites over the Browns with an over/under point total set at 37.5.
The Arizona Cardinals have won five of their last six games and while their chances of making the playoffs are slim they aren’t eliminated yet. The Cardinals have had to overcome a lot of adversity with injuries across the board. It’s been John Skelton of late as QB with Kevin Kolb sidelined with a concussion and Kolb is once again questionable this week. Beanie Wells has had his best season as a pro averaging 4.4 yards per carry for 943 yards and nine touchdowns. Larry Fitzgerald is still one of the premier receivers in the game and he has 62 catches, 1,092 yards, and seven touchdowns, Early Doucet has 48 catches and five touchdowns, and Andre Roberts has 35 catches. Defensively Arizona has 34 sacks, eight fumble recoveries, and nine interceptions with a minus 11 turnover ratio and they allow 359.9 yards and 22.2 points. Daryl Washington has 78 tackles, Richard Marshall has 60 tackles, and Calais Campbell has seven sacks. The Cardinals close out their season at Cincinnati and at home against the Seahawks.
The Cleveland Browns are suffering through another miserable season and while hopes and optimism were high, they have been replaced by the reality of another losing season. Colt McCoy has been banged around and he is questionable with a concussion and if he is unable to go it will likely be Seneca Wallace who has seen very little action this year. Peyton Hillis is back but he’s been injured most of the year and Montario Hardesty will try and prove he is NFL material. Greg Little has 52 receptions, Benjamin Watson has 37 catches, and Josh Cribbs has 31 catches but the receiving corps like the rest of the offense has been virtually non-existent. Defensively Cleveland has 25 sacks, 13 fumble recoveries, and seven interceptions. D’Qwell Jackson has 125 tackles, Ahtyba Rubin has 63 tackles, and Usuama Young has 57 tackles. While the Browns seem to always be building they haven’t seem to have built much.
Arizona is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 1-5 against the spread as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points. Cleveland is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games as a road underdog, 1-3-1 against the spread following a cover, and 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 road games against a team with a losing home record.
The total in this one is set at 37.5 and I see it staying under the number.