The NFL season is picking up as we get closer to the playoffs. Sunday will be packed up with fourteen games on the board. One of these matchup with plenty of playoff implications will be between the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants. Both teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot, which should lead to a good one. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
Arizona has earned a record of 6-6 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the NFC West. The Cardinals are coming off a tough loss in last weeks game. Arizona is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff race. The Cardinals will look to get back into a playoff berth with a big win on Sunday.
The Giants have put up a record of 5-7 so far this season, which has them in the top spot of the NFC East. New York has won four games in row, which has skyrocketed them to the top spot in the division. The Giants are right in front of the Washington Football Team, which means they cannot slip up if they want to control their own destiny.
These two teams have a lot of meaning behind this game as they fight for playoff spots come January. The Giants are currently sitting in one being on top of their division, while the Cardinals are tied with the Minnesota Vikings for the final wild card spot. The Cardinals have lost three games in a row coming into this one and will look to stop that slide before it knocks them to far out of contention.
The Cardinals met up with the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13. Kyler Murray had three passing touchdowns, including two to Dan Arnold. Kenyan Drake had a rushing touchdown, but it was not enough. Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson and Jared Goff all had rushing touchdowns. Goff passed for another touchdown and Troy Hill had an interception return for a touchdown. The Rams dominated for a 38-28 win.
New York met up with the Seattle Seahawks last week. Russell Wilson had a passing touchdown to Chris Carson, but the Seahawks still came up short. Alfred Morris had a rushing and receiving touchdown for the Giants. New York’s defense was able to step up in a big way to hold off Seattle’s offense. The Giants finished with a 17-12 win for the upset.
The Giants were able to earn a big upset on the road against the Seahawks, while Arizona took a tough loss to the Rams. The Cardinals could not slow down Los Angeles’ offense in last weeks loss. Arizona’s offense was able to break through and they will need to do that again against New York’s defense. The Giants offense will need to step up if they want to keep up with the Cardinals.
Kyler Murray is the starting Quarterback for the Cardinals. Murray has had a solid season so far. He has thrown for 2987 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Murray has also rushed for 665 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last week Murray went 21-39 for 173 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in the losing effort.
Daniel Jones could be back under center for New York this week. Jones has thrown for 2335 yards, 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions this season. He has also rushed for 403 yards and a touchdown. If Jones is out Colt McCoy will start again. McCoy went 13-22 for 105 yards, a touchdown and an interception in last week’s win against the Seahawks.
The Cardinals have the edge with Murray starting under center in this one. Murray has been a duel threat throughout this season, beating teams through the air and on the ground. If Daniel Jones is back New York will need him to step up. Jones has struggled a bit throughout this season and will need to put up a strong performance if he wants to keep up with Murray and Arizona’s offense.
Offense vs Defense
Arizona’s offense has been very strong throughout this season. The Cardinals have been able to score 332 points this season, which is 9th in the NFL. Arizona has also been able to gain 4673 yards of offense, which is 5th in the league. The Cardinals defense has struggled at times, giving up 296 points and 4319 yards, which are 14th and 18th in the NFL.
The Giants have not been able to find any consistency on offense this season. New York has scored 231 points and gained 3742 yards, which are 30th and 31st in the league this season. The Giants defense has stepped up in the last few games though. New York has held opposing teams to 265 points, which is 9th in the NFL. The Giants have given up 4068 yards, which is 10th in the league.
This matchup will be a classic battle between offense and defense. The Cardinals offense has been very strong this season, while New York’s defense has been standing strong the last couple of weeks. Arizona’s defense is around middle of the league, which should be able to shut down New York’s offense. If the Cardinals offense can break through as well, I think they will dominate the Giants.
The Cardinals have been the better team overall this season, but New York is coming into this one kind of hot. Arizona has struggled in their last few games, but I think the Cardinals can turn it around. Whether it is Daniel Jones or Colt McCoy under center, the Giants offense has not been great. I think Arizona can outpace New York’s offense, which should lead to a big win.
BetOnline has the Cardinals listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a small edge to Arizona on the road. I agree with this line as the Cardinals have looked like a better team throughout this season. New York has hit a nice four game winning streak, but I do not expect that to last. The Cardinals have struggled the last couple weeks, but I think they will come out stronger in this one.