Cardinals Colts Preview for Week 12
Arizona head coach Bruce Arians got his new job in large part thanks to what he did as interim coach of the Indianapolis Colts last season.
Arians gets a chance to show his appreciation to his former employer when his 6-4 Cardinals host the 7-3 Colts Sunday afternoon out in suburban Phoenix (4:05 pm ET, CBS).
Arizona has won three games in a row, after beating the Jags in Jacksonville Sunday 27-14, and sits in a three-way tie with San Francisco and Chicago in the battle for the second NFC wild-card spot.
Indy, meanwhile, rallied to beat Tennessee last Thursday 30-27. So the Colts lead the AFC South by three games, and thanks to New England's loss Monday night now own the two seed in the AFC.
As the interim head coach at Indianapolis last year Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 start, on their way to the playoffs.
Most books opened this game with the Cardinals favored by a point, then bumped that line to -2. These teams have played five straight UNDERs since 1990.
The Cardinals currently sport a record of 6-4, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-4 ATS. The Colts are 7-3 and 6-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cardinals post a 5-5 over under record this season, while the Colts have gone 6-4 against the number.
The Colts were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as TopBet, with the total listed at 44.5.
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 15-rated Cardinals and the No. 10-rated Colts in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 24-21 win for the Colts on Sunday.
In their last action, Indianapolis was a 30-27 winner on the road against the Titans. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (57) was profitable news for OVER bettors. In their last gridiron battle, Coby Fleener did much of the damage, producing 107 receiving yards as Indianapolis beat the Titans 30-27 at LP Field. Carson Palmer's 419-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Arizona earned a 27-14 win over Jacksonville on Sunday at EverBank Field.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 22-ranked offense (21.4 PPG) against a Colts defense that ranks No. 10 at 22 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 240.8 yards per game, more than the Colts give up through the air (238.9 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Colts own the league's No. 17-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 113.4 yards per game when on the road. Arizona, on the other hand, rates No. 23 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Colts at Cardinals trends to consider:
Indianapolis is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Indianapolis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indianapolis's last 6 games
Indianapolis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Arizona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Arizona is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
Arizona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Indianapolis home to Tennessee, Sunday, December 1st
Arizona at Philadelphia, Sunday, December 1st