Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals Week 15 Pick – NFL December 20

Eagles (4-8-1) at Cardinals (7-6)

Series:

Old NFC East rivals renew acquaintances as the Cardinals have a 57-55-5 advantage in the series. Arizona has won two of the last three although Philadelphia took a 34-7 win as the two teams last matched up in 2017.

Playoff Picture:

Both teams are alive as Arizona is currently the 7-seed in the NFC and the Cardinals control their own destiny with the 49ers at home and a season finale at the Rams. The waters are a bit murky for the Eagles as they try to pull out the “NFC Least.” They finish at the Cowboys and at home against the division-leading Washington Football Team, who they trail by one and a half games.

Vs. The Spread:

The total has gone UNDER in six of Philadelphia’s last seven games and the Eagles are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven vs. Arizona. The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in those last six outings while the total has gone UNDER in eight of their last 12 vs. the NFC.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Philadelphia Eagles +7 (-130) +230 O 49½ (-115)
Arizona Cardinals -7 (+110) -275 U 49½ (-105)

Last Week:

Jalen Hurts won his first start in relief of Carson Wentz as he led the Eagles to a 17-0 halftime lead over New Orleans before they held off the Saints, 24-21. Hurts managed the game well as he completed 17-of-30 passes for 167 yards. What was really intriguing was how he and Miles Sanders both rushed for over 100 yards as Hurts ran for 106 and Sanders led with 115.

The Cardinals’ defense turned in a gem as they forced eight punts and three fumbles in a 26-7 passing of the New York Giants. The Cardinals had solid balance on offense (159 rushing/231 passing) as DeAndre Hopkins led with nine catches for 136 yards.

When the Eagles Have the Ball:

Philadelphia Eagles LogoJalen Hurts’ durability and athleticism now gives the Eagles their best chance to win. He showed patience and discipline last week in not forcing passes and taking off on the run when he found the seems. Sanders has to have a presence like he did last week. It was his first game of over 100 yards since he had 118 yards on nine carries back in a loss to the Ravens.

The Cardinals’ defense has to stop the run first as they had trouble against running quarterbacks in Russell Wilson and Cam Newton to a certain extent. Linebacker Harrison Reddick was on fire last week with five sacks and three forced fumbles while safety Budda Baker recorded his third 100-tackle season in a row.

When the Cardinals Have the Ball:

Arizona Cardinals LogKyler Murray needed a game like last week to get his confidence back in going into this crucial stretch. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown. The key was how he controlled the contest and like the younger Hurts, Murray’s patience and confidence evolved throughout the game.

He ran more as well as his 13 rushes were two shy of the 15 of the past three weeks combined.

Philadelphia has to be worried about the potential of DeAndre Hopkins to come out and dominate this game. It has the same feeling of when DK Metcalf caught 10 balls for 177 yards in the loss on Monday Night Football three weeks ago. The Eagles defense did a good job neutralizing the Saints’ offense although Taysom Hill did pass for 291 as most of those were in the second half when Philly had a sizable lead. Linebacker Alex Singleton had 11 tackles last week and has 10-plus in four of his last five.

NFL Betting Predictions

Winner: Cardinals (-7) 31, Eagles 20
Over-Under:  take OVER 49.5

The Bets
Arizona Cardinals -7
+110
O 49½
-115
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.