Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants – Week 7 NFL Betting Analysis
Arizona Cardinals (2-3-1 4-2 ATS) at New York Giants (2-4 2-4 ATS)
The Cardinals have won two in a row and they head east to face the Giants, who have lost two in a row but are still a 3-point favorite with a total of 50.5.
Public money has been on the suddenly hot Cardinals, as they opened as a 5-point underdog and as of Thursday are a 3-point underdog.
Ok, so the Cardinals last two wins have come against teams with a total of one win but rookie QB Kyler Murray has shown flashes why he was chosen #1 in the last draft.
The Giants have played tough teams in the last two games in the Vikings and Patriots and they lost those games by a combined score of 63-24. The team will get a big boost with the return of RB Saquon Barkley, who has missed the last two games due to a high ankle sprain.
Since exploding on the scene in his first NFL games Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has looked pedestrian in the last two games where he has four INT and only two TD.
These teams met last in the 2017 season and the Cardinals have covered in five of their last six road games facing the Giants.
Murray has Given Arizona Fans Hope
Kyler Murray has to be the front runner for rookie of the year, and he has been a force in the last few games and only has one pick in his last two games. After a great game on the ground and in the air in a win over the Bengals he lit up the Falcons in the Cardinals last game passing for 340 yards with 3 TD and no INT in the 34-33 win.
Three players had at least 60 receiving yards in the win over Atlanta. A good game from Murray was needed since the D did not play great and Duke Johnson was the lead back with only 34 rushing yards averaging 2.8 yards per carry.
The Arizona offensive line has been a big part in Murray playing so well in the last two games where he has only been sacked once while in the previous two games was sacked 12 times.
Murray and company will face a Giants defense that only ranks 24th against the run and 2nd to last in the NFL against the pass.
The Honeymoon May be Over
Daniel Jones was great in his first start for the Giants and not bad in the 2nd one but in his last two starts he has failed to pass for over 182 yards and has four INT.
In the Giants last game, they lost to the New England Patriots where Jones was picked off three times and the allowed New England to score a TD on a blocked punt and a fumble recovery.
Jones has not gotten much help from the run game and with the return of Barkley that may change. He has not played since Week 3, but still leads New York in rushing yards and in the last two games he did play he rushed for over 100 yards.
Jones also does not have a very good WR corps and the defense has had major issues, especially against the pass.
Arizona has a similar defense as the Giants, in terms of the rankings, only ranking 30th against the pass and 26th against the run.
Not only are the Cardinals 4-1 ATS in their last five road games but the road team has covered in four of the last five games between these teams.
The Giants are only 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Murray has not played good teams like Jones and the Giants have in the last two games, but I look for the rookie for Arizona to shine again. Jones will also play well and in a high scoring shootout the Cardinals will at least cover the spread. If you are looking to take the moneyline for this game that is a good call as well with the Cardinals, as I think they will get the W as well.
PICK: Cardinals +3