Free Pick Breakdown Eagles v Cardinals (10/9) - Taking Vegas



Free Pick Breakdown Eagles v Cardinals (10/9)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
October 8, 2022
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals (10/9 @ 4:25 PM EST.)

Line: Eagles (-5.5)
Total: 48.5

Philadelphia Eagles vs Arizona Cardinals Breakdown and Betting Odds

The undefeated Philadelphia Eagles (4-0) are heading to the desert for a matchup with the Arizona Cardinals (2-2) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Eagles are 5.5-point favorites over the Cardinals. The over/under is set at 48.5.

The Cardinals have won three of the last four matchups, most recently a 7-point home win in 2020. The Eagles have not won a road game against the Cardinals since 2001 with the Cardinals winning five straight games. This includes the 2008 NFC Championship Game.

Philadelphia Eagles Overview

The Eagles are the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team. They have controlled most of the action through four weeks, winning three straight games by at least eight points. The Eagles are led by MVP candidate Jalen Hurts. Hurts has a 99.6 passer rating through four starts. He has added 205 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Hurts is throwing to two of the top receivers in the NFL: A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Brown is averaging over 100 yards per game.

The Eagles lead the NFL in net yards per pass attempt and rushing touchdowns, speaking to the well-balanced offense. The Eagles are built through the trenches, and they are one of the league’s top teams in total yardage and time of possession.

The Eagles are 3-1 ATS including three wins in a row. They have covered back-to-back weeks as 6-point and 6.5-point favorites. The over is 2-2 in Eagles games including last week. The Eagles (and Detroit Lions) hit over 48.5 in Week 1, combining for 73 points.

Arizona Cardinals Overview

The Cardinals have struggled so far in 2022. They have two wins, but they had to come back from down 20 points against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2 to salvage a win. While the Cardinals have been somewhat reliable in terms of scoring points, their defense is still recovering from allowing 44 points in Week 1. The Cardinals are 14th in scoring offense and 28th in scoring defense. Quarterback Kyler Murray has seven total touchdowns in four weeks.

Outside of Murray, production has been inconsistent. Running back James Conner has been ineffective, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins is still out on suspension, so the Cardinals are relying on Marquise Brown and Greg Dortch. Brown has 339 yards and two touchdowns so far, but he has been getting peppered with targets.

The Cardinals are 2-2 ATS, coming into all four games as the underdog. In both home games, they have lost and failed to cover the spread, not a great omen for this week. The under is 2-1-1 in Cardinals games with the help of a defensive implosion in Week 1. 1* Pick: Eagles -5.5

The Eagles have been a juggernaut on both sides of the ball so far this season, and this week should be no different. Hurts and the Eagles should have no problem Covering -5.5 with their well-rounded team. The Eagles could add a third double-digit win to their resume while the Cardinals fall in the NFC West standings.

While the Eagles have not won in Arizona in 20 years, this might be the best version of the Eagles that has visited Glendale. The Cardinals are dealing with many injuries both in the receiving corps and on defense, so take the Eagles with confidence.

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