Arizona Cardinals (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1 SU, 2-3 ATS)
NFL Week 5
Date/Time: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. EST
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
by Jerbeek, Expert Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Ariz +6.5/Phi -6.5
Over/Under Total: 45
The Arizona Cardinals go on the road to take on the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cardinals are coming off a tough overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers while the Eagles held of the Los Angeles Chargers for a 26-24 win. The Eagles look to continue their playoff push while the Cardinals are trying to get on track after some early season struggles on offense as they have only averaged 18 points through the first 4 games.
Arizonas struggles are the result of losing RB David Johnson in week 1. They have struggled to replace Johnson who was the #1 fantasy pick in most leagues. The Cardinals resigned Chris Johnson after David Johnson went down with the injury and they have been trying to use the committee approach with CJ2K, Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams. QB Carson Palmer has also struggled as a result the loss of his primary weapon. Palmer is completing 59% of his passes, averaging 292 yards per game with a TD/Int ratio of 5/5. Larry Fitzgerald is again the leading receiver with 26 catches for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Eagles have surprised opening the season at 3-1 with their only loss at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs on the road. The Eagles are led by 2nd year QB Carson Wentz who is completing 60.5% of his passes, averaging 250 yards per game. Most importantly, Wentz has been taking care of the ball as he has thrown 6 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. The ground game is led by LeGarrette Blount with 246 yards. The Eagles lost Darren Sproles to a knee injury in week 3 opening up opportunities for Wendell Smallwood, however, Smallwoods status is up in the air and he will be a game time decision. The Eagles recievers are led by TE Zach Ertz who has 26 receptions and 326 yards through 4 games and has scored 1 touchdown.
As noted, the Cardinals have had a tough time running the ball as they are only averaging 2.7 yards per rush against teams that average giving up 3.8 yards per play. The The Cardinals are also below average passing the ball as they have averaged 6.4 yards per attempt against teams who average giving up 6.8 yards per attempt. Overall the Cardinals are averaging 5.2 yards per play against teams that average 5.6 yards per play.
The Eagles have averaged 4.7 yards per rush against teams that average 4.5 yards. In the passing game they have averaged 6.8 per attempt against teams that average 6.7 yards per pass attempt. Overall they have averaged 5.8 per play against teams that average 5.7 yards per play.
On defense, Arizona has been tough against the run as they have only given up 3.2 yards per rush against teams that average 3.9 yards per rush. In the passing game they have given up 5.9 yards per attempt against teams that average 6.0 yards. Overall they have given up 4.8 yards per play against teams that average 5.1 yards per play.
Philadelphia has given up 4.7 yards per rush against teams that average 4.5 yards per rush. The Eagles have allowed 7.5 yards per pass attempt against teams that average 7.2 yards per attempt. Overall they have given up 6.5 yards per play against teams that average 6.2 yards per play.
Jerbeeks Pick to Cover the Point Spread: According the stats the Eagles defense has not been very good as they are below average in rushing, passing and overall yards per play. I look for Arizona to take advantage of the poor defense and actually pick the Cardinals to win the game straight up 24-21. My recommendation is to play Arizona plus the 6.5. Bet this game and all your sports bets at 5Dimes! Why should you switch? Because you’re being overcharged for odds! Your book is socking you -110. Why pay that hefty price when you can bet at the lower price of -105? This saves you $5 for every $100 you bet and $50 for every $1000 you wager. Added up over time, this amounts to a massive amount of cash you’re pissing away. Plus, 5Dimes is simply better. More wagers, teasers up to 20 points, parlays up to 25 teams, faster payouts. It doesn’t make any sense to bet anywhere else! Get signed up today by clicking here!