Cardinals Struggle To Finish Line With Long Odds to Advance

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  • Underdog Cardinals look for reboot in playoffs
  • Online sportsbooks post Cardinals as playoffs long shot
  • Eagles surge behind NFL’s best rushing attack

The Arizona Cardinals sat at 7-0 midway through the season and were the biggest movers in Super Bowl odds as they had elevated to a (+900), fourth in the NFL, from a (+4000) at the beginning of the season.

The Cardinals have survived a myriad of injuries since then to post an 11-6 ledger as they nailed down the No. 5 seed in the NFC.

The Cards play at the NFC West Champion Los Angeles Rams on Monday night in the last game of wildcard weekend.

The Redbirds have taken on the role of a long shot now as they have odds at (+2500) to win the Super Bowl while entertaining (+1200) odds to win the NFC.

Arizona is also a (+3.5) underdogs against the Rams as they took a 37-20 win in Week 4, but dropped a 30-23 on Dec. 14.

The line began with the Cardinals getting (+4) and it went as high as (+4.5) as money came in on the Rams on Monday morning. Arizona has lost four out of it’s last five games with DeAndre Hopkins out now for the playoffs.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury hopes his running back duo of James Conner (heel) and Chase Edmonds (ribs) are ready to go on Monday.

Lost in all of the talk is the fact that Kingsbury and Kyler Murray are set to make their NFL Playoffs debuts since Arizona has not had a playoff berth since 2015.

Murray seems to have regained his mantra form after being out with a foot injury for three weeks at midseason.

He has completed 67 percent of his passes over his last three games with four touchdown passes and no interceptions.

He was sacked a season-high five times in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last four games as the Cardinals covered their only number when they were a (+6.5) underdog and beat Dallas, 25-22.

The Cardinals are 6-0-0 ATS this season as an underdog as well as 6-0-0 as an away underdog while posting an 8-1-0 mark ATS as a road team, and they have a 10-7 mark against the number for the season.

Eagles Fly Into Playoffs with NFL’s Best Rushing Attack

The Philadelphia Eagles went 6-2 in the last eight games and found themselves in the playoffs even after a 3-6 start to the year.

Throw out last week’s 51-26 loss to Dallas.

That’s because coach Nick Sirianni rested various players, including Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders, in an effort to get the Birds ready for their fourth postseason appearance in the last five years.

Philadelphia leads the NFL with a rushing attack that yields 159.7 yards per game and a league-leading 25 rushing touchdowns. Tampa Bay’s defense against the run is third in the NFL in yielding 92.5 rushing yards per game.

Hurts threw for 3,144 yards and rushed for a team-high 784 yards and 10 touchdowns as he accounted for 26 Eagles TDs on the season.

The Eagles are a major long shot to win the NFC crown as they post (+3000) odds while hoisting a heavy (+6000) number to win the Super Bowl.

Philadelphia is 2-3-1 ATS in it’s last six games and the Eagles are 3-5-0 ATS as an underdog and 2-2-0 as a road underdog.

Philadelphia and Tampa Bay have split four games in their playoff history although the last one was in 2003 when the Buccaneers took an 27-10 win in Philly.

So Long to Roethlisberger?

Pittsburgh opened as a 12.5-point underdog to the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday evening’s wild-card game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. It’s the largest point spread on the board this weekend, and few would disagree after seeing the Chiefs smash the Steelers, 36-10, back on Dec. 26.

Pittsburgh took the No. 7 wild card spot after Indianapolis lost at Jacksonville, and they were able to defeat the injured Baltimore Ravens, without Lamar Jackson, 16-13, in overtime.

The Steelers only average 93.1 yards rushing per game although running back Najee Harris found 1,200 yards on 307 carries.

Pittsburgh was 4-2-0 ATS in their last six games as they were 8-9-0 ATS for the season with a 4-4-0 record as a road underdog and a 7-4-0 mark as an underdog, in general.

Please Note:
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has made it known that he plans for this to be his last season as he barely has the fire in his arm to lead Pittsburgh any further.

He led a Pittsburgh passing attack that only found 220.1 yards through the air per game.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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