The Arizona Cardinals have been one of the most underrated teams in the NFL this season. They never really had a stage to showcase how good they are. The Cards did that last week, defeating the Seattle Seahawks on SNF on the road. The Cardinals find themselves in a similar position this week, albeit this time in the comfort of their own home in Arizona. Carson Palmer is having himself a season and after last weeks win over Seattle, has people believing that they are for real. They now have another primetime spot on Sunday night to show how good they are. The Cards looked down and out after the Seahawks recovered that fumble in the 4th quarter to complete what looked like a miraculous comeback from Seattle. A turning point for the Seahawks and Cardinals seasons. Wrong, the Cardinals calmly came right back and Carson Palmer snatched the lead away from the Seahawks. They also added another one late to seal the deal. Enter Carson Palmer hip gyrations. Followed by a Carson Palmer fine.
Maybe he should have took a note from Drew Stanton, who was seen dancing along the sidelines after the dagger touchdown. Maybe we’ll see it again against the Bengals tonight. The Bengals didn’t do anything last week with their time in the spotlight. But with a record of 8-1, nobody is doubting that they are a bad team despite a bad 10-6 loss to the Texans. Although, people are doubting if they have what it takes to follow this up to the playoffs and into the playoffs where Andy Dalton is still searching for his first win at the postseason level. If they get bounced again early, I really won’t know what to make of him. 2015 marks the best season he has had as a professional. He put TCU on the map, now he needs to put the Bengals on a grand stage in the NFL. Thus far this season, Dalton has passed the test. Last week was the really the only bad start he has had. We’ll see if he can bounce back down south in the desert.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals NFL
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Bengals vs. Cardinals Pick:
Yes, it’s definitely true, Andy Dalton is having a nice year. On the season Dalton has posted 18 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions. Last week he passed for an interception with no touchdowns. JJ Watt, like he did against him in the Rose Bowl, got to Dalton and made his life rather miserable. After the game Watt had some choice words to describe Dalton. However, he has the Bengals as the 7th best offense in the NFL, averaging 26.1 points per game and 376.1 yards. Watt can say all he wants, but the Bengals are in a far better position than the Texans. But if the Bengals lose this game, will the sirens and warning signs be going off again in Cincinnati? If they lose in convincing fashion I am going to have to say yes.
The Bengals will be facing the top offense in the NFL. No, it isn’t the Patriots. The top honor goes to the Cardinals, who are averaging 421.1 yards per game, compared to the Patriots 418.7. Points wise the Cards are scoring 33.6 points per game. They have scored more than 30 points in six games this season. Palmer has averaged more than 300 yards passing per game and has 23 touchdowns with 7 interceptions to go along with it. He will be going up against his old team tonight, the team that drafted him back in 2004. For all of the Heisman winners that haven’t worked out, Carson Palmer is one that actually has. The line keeps going up in this game, opened at 3.5 and now I am starting to see 5 at some spots. I am confident that the Cardinals are for real. I don’t know with the Bengals. Everyone thought they were before they got blasted by the Patriots last season, too. Cardinals get this one along the lines of 28-20.
PICK: CARDINALS -4.5 (-110)