The Arizona Cardinals (1-0) will play their home opener against the Washington Football Team (1-0) on Sunday. It’ll be a battle of NFC East versus NFC West. At the end of the last season, Washington was at the bottom of the East and the conference as a whole with their 3-13 record. The Cardinals fared only slightly better with their 5-10 record, but they were also at the bottom of their division. These teams haven’t seen each other since the season opener of 2018. The game was played in Arizona, and Washington ended up with a blowout, 24-6 victory.
The Cardinals have gone from -6 up to -7 while grabbing 69% of the bets.
The OU Line has stayed true at 46.5, despite the Over getting the 59% of the bets.
Gametime Weather: Retractable Roof
Eight Sack Game Lifts Washington In OpenerAt the end of the 2019 season, things weren’t looking good for Washington. They had the second-worst record in the league and didn’t manage a single division win all season. Changes were in order, and they were certainly made. Washington enters the 2020 season with not only a new head coach in Ron Rivera but also new offensive and defensive coordinators, Scott Turner and Jack Del Rio. The team has nearly had a full overhaul, which might be exactly what they need to fix what was very clearly a broken team. Not just in the last season either. Washington hasn’t managed to break out of the bottom two slots in the division since they finished at the top in 2015.
While it’s hard to tell what the long term effects of all of these changes are going to be, Washington has at least gotten off on the right foot. They opened up their season at home, against division rival the Philadelphia Eagles. After trailing for the first three quarters, Washington put up 13 points in the final frame to top the Eagles. The final score was 27-17. The team absolutely pounded Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz, getting 8 sacks over the course of the game. Ryan Kerrigan was responsible for two of those sacks, now having 92 in his career. The game-tying points came from a 38-yard field goal from Dustin Hopkins in the fourth quarter. Hopkins would kick in another field goal later that same quarter. The team 239 yards in the game, with 159 of those coming from passing while only 80 were rushing.
Future Looking Bright For Rebuilt CardsMuch like Washington, the Cardinals had a rough end to their season. Not quite as disastrous, but being at the bottom of one’s division is never a good sign. Still, even with their placement, they had shimmers of hope. It was the first year under Kliff Kingsbury, with the former fired college coach given a chance with the struggling Arizona team. It was also the first year for rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, whose small size didn’t stop him from winning offensive rookie of the year in 2019. Now, with the offseason addition of star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, as well as several other big acquisitions for both the team’s offense and defensive units, it’s starting to look like this could be the Cardinals’ year.
Hopkins already made an impact in his first game with his new team. The seven-season veteran caught 14 passes from Murray in the team’s 24-20 win over the 49ers. He personally accounted for 151 of the team’s 230 total rushing yards in their season opener. Murray threw 230 yards, and as a whole, the team had 404 total yards. Arizona trailed until early in the fourth quarter when Murray scored a touchdown to put his team up by 4 points. They would fall behind again just two minutes later before Kenyan Drake ran in another touchdown for the Cards to boost them over the 49ers.
Washington’s Injury Report
Questionable: DB Kendall Fuller and LB Thomas Davis
Out: LB Cole Holcomb
Arizona’s Injury Report
Questionable: LB Kylie Fitts and OT Josh Jones
Out: C Mason Cole and TE Maxx Williams
- Arizona is 3-0-1 ATS last 4 overall.
- Arizona is 7-2 ATS last 9 in Week 2.
- Arizona is 5-2 ATS last 7 in September.
- Washington is 3-8 ATS last 11 in Week 2.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both of these teams are likely to have a much stronger season than they did last year, but it seems like out of the two, Arizona has much more potential. Washington might be under new management, but that can only take a team so far. The Cards have made several big additions to their team, as well as a few smaller ones that give them the depth and strength needed to face down even the most formidable foes. It’s also important to note that, while Washington did win their first game of the season, it was against a heavily injured Eagles team, and even then they just managed to pull the win out in the fourth quarter. When put up against the healthy, talented Arizona roster, Washington just falls short.
Prediction: Arizona Cardinals -7
Full-Game Total Pick
This will be a battle of offense versus defense. Both of these teams have shown their hand, in a way, in their opening game. With Washington, you can look at the number of sacks and how they shut down the Eagles’ offense in their first contest. For the Cardinals, the sheer amount of yards that Murray and Hopkins came together to produce is only going to improve the longer they play together. In this case, it looks like Arizona’s offense has the full capability to overwhelm Washington’s defense and run the score up, as long as the team protects Murray from getting bowled over too many times.
Prediction: Over 46.5