Cincinnati (8-1) at Arizona (7-2)
When: Sunday, November 22nd 2015
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: NBC
The Arizona Cardinals are in the middle of an eight-game stretch in which they play only two at home including Sunday night against the 8-1 Cincinnati Bengals. The Cardinals got a huge road win last Sunday night in Seattle by beating the Seahawks 39-32. Carson Palmer overcame three turnovers in the game to direct Arizona on two fourth-quarter drives of 80+ yards in route to the victory. Palmer is second in the NFL with 23 touchdown passes and has led them to the top-ranked offense in the league as well. The former Bengal, who was traded in 2011 after a bitter standoff with team management was quoted to saying that it’s not just another game. Sounds like he’s still bitter. Palmer will have some issues at wide receiver as Michael Floyd and John Brown both missed some practice this week due to injuries. Larry Fitzgerald is still the go-to receiver and has 65 catches this year for 836 yards. Despite letting up 32 points in Seattle last week, the Cardinals still own the 3rd ranked defense in the league in yards allowed.
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The Bengals will be playing their third straight prime-time game tonight and they’re coming off and embarrassing 10-6 loss at home on Monday night to Houston – their first loss of the season. The Bengals still have a 2.5 game lead of Pittsburgh in the AFC North and they already beaten the Steelers this year. Quarterback Andy Dalton failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this year in the loss to Houston and was sacked four times. Running back Jeremy Hill, who had 1,124 yards in his rookie season last year, has been limited to just 359 yards in nine games this season. His 3.2 yards a carry is almost a full two yards less than last season’s average. Cincinnati’s defense ranks number one in the league in points allowed at 16.9 and they’ve held their last three opponents to exactly 10 points each.
We’ve seen this before with Dalton and the Bengals. They start off hot and cool off in the second half of the season. I don’t see this Arizona team slowing down anytime soon as they might be the best in the NFC. I like the Cardinals big here tonight.
Pick: Cardinals -5