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Where: Raymond James Stadium
When: Sunday, November 10, 2019, 1:00 pm ET
We have a non-divisional NFC matchup to consider for Sunday when the 3-5-1 Arizona Cardinals and 2-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet for a game of tackle football. Arizona is coming off a 28-25 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay lost a 40-34 overtime heartbreaker against the Seahawks in Seattle. Both teams desperately need a win to keep their slim playoff chances alive and I look forward to discussing this matchup with you.
Cardinals Two Game Losing StreakArizona has suffered two consecutive losses but has won three of its last five games but remains in the last place in the NFC West with a 3-5-1 record. The Cardinals are coming off a Thursday night game and have had plenty of time to rest and get healthy. If the Cardinals want to reach the playoffs, they need a victory in the worst way after those defeats to New Orleans and last week’s home loss to the 49ers. That all begins Sunday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kyler Murray has three wins, zero turnovers and a passer rating of 101.2 over the past five games.https://t.co/33dXnMyyMq— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) November 6, 2019
The Buccaneers defense is in the bottom third of the National Football League, allowing 371 yards of total offense. Tampa Bay allows 293.5 passing yards alongside an NFL best 78.1 rushing yards allowed and 19 sacks this season.
You beat the Buccaneers via the air and Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray has been fantastic this season. The rookie signal-caller has thrown for 2229 yards along with nine touchdowns, four interceptions and has suffered 29 sacks. Murray has also rushed for an additional 313 yards with three touchdowns this season.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals with 475 receiving yards and a pair of scores. Wideout Christian Kirk has 329 receiving yards, wide receiver Damiere Byrd has 178 receiving yards and wideout KeeSean Johnson has 173 receiving yards and a touchdown this season.
It’s going to be difficult running the football on Sunday but at least Arizona will have David Johnson back in uniform after missing the past couple of games due to injury. Johnson has rushed for 300 yards with two touchdowns alongside 315 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Running back Chase Edmunds is doubtful and newly acquired running back Kenyan Drake has 110 rushing yards and a touchdown in his one outing with the Cardinals.
Four Game Losing StreakTampa Bay has lost four consecutive games and those losses have left the Buccaneers with a 2-6 record. They haven't won a game at home this season. The Bucs are third in the NFC South and they have a ways to go if they would like to reach the playoffs but the passing defense needs to step up otherwise this Tampa Bay football team will be watching the playoffs from their mansions.
"There’s a lot of football left to get into the hunt. You’ve got to win one to get a string of them going, and we need to win one."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 6, 2019
➡️: HC Bruce Arians pic.twitter.com/343WC4fzGx
Arizona allows the third-most yards in the NFL this season on 293 passing yards along with 126.9 rushing yards allowed this season. The Cardinals have also registered 19 sacks this season.
Quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown for 2407 yards with 16 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and has suffered 30 sacks this season. Winston has rushed for an additional 99 yards this season.
Wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are having monster seasons; Evans has 50 receptions for 842 yards with seven touchdowns and Godwin has 54 receptions for 766 yards alongside six trips to the end zone. Tight end O.J. Howard has 176 receiving yards and Cameron Brate has 151 receiving yards and a pair of scores for Tampa Bay this season.
Tampa Bay will try and establish a running game and they have a pair of backs to get the job done. Running back Ronald Jones Jr has rushed for 381 yards with three touchdowns and running back Peyton Barber has rushed for 277 yards with three touchdowns.
- Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC.
- Buccaneers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
The supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are
- Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Tampa Bay has a highly charged, high flying offense that can only stop the run and that isn't going to work against the Cardinals. Arizona has its own defensive issues but their offense is better than the Bucs defense and that's going to help them cover the spread if they don't outright win this football game.
I will play the Cardinals to cover the 4.5 point spread.
Prediction: Arizona +4.5
Full-Game Total Pick
This game only stays under the total if for some reason the game gets canceled. Two of the worst passing defenses up against two of the best passing offenses means plenty of yards via the air. That usually translates into a bunch of points and I expect a high-scoring shootout on Sunday afternoon.
I will play the OVER in this game.
Prediction: Over 52