The New England Patriots look to continue their regular season dominance Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, a team they ourscored 128-33 in the past four meetings, at Gillette Stadium.
Kevin Kolb takes over at quarterback for Arizona with John Skelton suffering an ankle injury in Week 1, and he gets a brutal assignment heading to Foxborough to take on the Patriots. But beware the Cards, who are 8-3 ATS in their past 11 games as double-digit dog.
New England was a huge 14-point favorite at and it moved higher during the week. New England is a perfect 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games against Arizona and has dominated the NFC West (13-1 SU, 12-2 ATS past 14).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 3 (Patriots) and the No. 19 (Cardinals) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 42-25 result in favor of the Patriots is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New England's No. 6-ranked offense (34 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 6 at 16 PPG. The Patriots passing attack has averaged 228 yards per game, more than the Cardinals give up through the air (139 YPG on average).
Last time out for Arizona, they were a 20-16 winner as they battled the Seahawks at home. The Cardinals covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 36 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Cardinals grabbed a Week 1 victory over the Seahawks in their last game, winning 20-16 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
New England won its last outing, a 34-13 result against the Titans on September 9. The Patriots covered in that game as a 5-point favorite, while the 47 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Last time we saw the Titans, they had no answer for Stevan Ridley as the Patriots rolled to a 34-13 victory at LP Field.
Arizona Cardinals Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 2-8
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 4-6
New England Patriots Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the division are 8-2
A few Cardinals at Patriots trends to consider:
Arizona is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing New England
Arizona is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
New England is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
New England is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
New England is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 15 of New England's last 21 games at home
Arizona home to Philadelphia, Sunday, September 23
New England at Baltimore, Sunday, September 23