The new-look offense of the Arizona Cardinals heads overseas for a critical Week 7 NFC West matchup with the front-running Los Angeles Rams in London. The Cards needed a boost to their lethargic offense and inept run game and they got a gift when Adrian Peterson became available. The Cards scooped up AP in a hurry and the future Hall of Famer was starting less than a week after being acquired.
The Cards got exactly what they needed as the offense clicked and rode the running of Peterson to a win over the Bucs. AP continually said he still had it and just needed the chance. It obviously wasn’t a good fit in New Orleans and Peterson wanted the chance to prove he could still play at a high level. He had just 81 rushing yards on 27 carries in four games with the Saints and topped that in the first half against the Bucs. The Cards were last in the NFL in rushing with just over 50 yards per game and they amassed 160 with the help of Peterson’s 134.
Without the threat of a run game, Carson Palmer was hung out to dry. He had little time to throw and was getting abused in the pocket. Peterson changed all that with his early darts through the line and Palmer was able to use play-action to set up the defense. Palmer was 18 of 22 for 283 yards and three touchdowns and was sacked just twice. The Cards scored on their first three possessions with each drive going at least 75 yards and the group got some of its swagger back.
2017 Record: 3-3
2017 ATS Record: 1-5
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 2-4
Current Super Bowl Odds: +5000
Current Odds to Win NFC: +2200
Current Odds to Win NFC West: +700
Current NFL Odds: Cardinals +3.5
Over/Under Total: 47
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Week 6: Cardinals 38, Buccaneers 33
ATS Result: Cardinals +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The first half was reminiscent of two seasons ago when the Cards piled on the points, building a 31-0 lead on their way to their first cover win of the year. The end got a little dicey when they allowed 27 fourth quarter points, but the damage had been done. The arrival of Peterson had the Cards looking like a different team as they amassed over 300 yards in the first half, cashing the over for the first time in five games.
Week 5: Eagles 34, Cardinals 7
ATS Result: Eagles -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 45
This was an absolute mismatch and the Cards got smoked. Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes on consecutive throws in the first quarter and Arizona moved to 0-5 ATS as they failed to mount a comeback and threaten the 6-point spread. The offense became one-dimensional without a run game and Palmer was unable to get the Cards more than the one touchdown, making the under a winner again.
Week 4: Cardinals 18, 49ers 15 (OT)
ATS Result: 49ers +6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
The Cards ended the field goal-fest in overtime by scoring the game’s only touchdown on a Palmer to Fitzgerald strike. Palmer spent plenty of time picking himself up, but running a two-minute offense late in overtime proved fruitful. The Cards managed to get down the field on their possession after the Niners booted a field goal to take the lead, and Palmer’s dart was the difference. The Cards have yet to cover, moving to 0-4 ATS and they played below the total for the third straight game.
Week 3: Cowboys 28, Cardinals 17
ATS Result: Cowboys -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
The start couldn’t have gone better for the Cards in their home opener. They drove the length of the field on their first drive and took an early lead. They did the same on their second drive, only to have a penalty take six off the board and a missed field goal seemed to inspire Dallas. The offense sputtered after that and Palmer was sacked and hit often. Arizona got worn down, failing to cover the spread for a third time.
Week 2: Cardinals 16, Colts 13 (OT)
ATS Result: Colts +7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
The Cardinals never led until Dawson’s game-winning overtime kick and it wasn’t enough to cover the spread as the Cards fell to 0-2 ATS. Palmer led a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter tossing a touchdown pass and leading the team to a tying field goal. The Cards had a chance to win in regulation, but Dawson missed a 42-yard try, however he was bailed out by the defense and got another chance in OT, which he capitalized on.
Week 1: Lions 35, Cardinals 23
ATS Result: Lions +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48.5
Justin Bethel intercepted Matthew Stafford’s first pass and returned in 82-yards for a touchdown and the Cards added a field goal for 10-0 first quarter lead. Williams added a third quarter touchdown run to build the advantage to 17-9 before the roof caved in. Detroit scored on three straight possessions and thwarted any Arizona comeback attempt by picking off a Palmer offering and returning it for score to seal the deal with just over four minutes left.
Preseason Record: 2-3
ATS Record: 2-3
Over/Under Total Record: 2-3
The last time the Cards played Detroit they knocked Matthew Stafford out of the game. Not physically, Stafford was fine, but his ego was crushed after the Cards picked him off three times. And the Cards have never lost to the man who just became the game’s highest paid player. The Cards have won all four meetings in which Stafford started and have won seven straight overall in the series.
Week 1: Cardinals at Lions, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Cardinals at Colts, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 3: Cardinals vs. Cowboys, Monday, September 25, 8:30 p.m. ET -- ESPN
Week 4: Cardinals vs. 49ers, Sunday, October 1, 4:05 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 5: Cardinals at Eagles, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 6: Cardinals vs. Buccaneers, Sunday, October 15, 4:05 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 7: Cardinals at Rams (in London), Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Cardinals at 49ers, Sunday, November 5, 4:05 p.m.ET -- FOX
Week 10: Cardinals vs. Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:25 p.m. ET -- NBC/NFL Network
Week 11: Cardinals at Texans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 12: Cardinals vs. Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 4:25 p.m. ET -- CBS
Week 13: Cardinals vs. Rams, Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:25 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 14: Cardinals vs. Titans, Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:05 p.m. ET -- CBS
Week 15: Cardinals at Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 16: Cardinals at Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 4:25 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 17: Cardinals at Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 31, 4:25 p.m. ET -- FOX
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