Game Preview - Cardinals underdogs vs Steelers at Arizona
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals Odds
It's a rematch of Super Bowl XLV but in reality it's more about the Steelers getting ready for a playoff run and the Cardinals trying to get back on track.
The Steelers opened as 3-point favorites against a Cards team that has been a reliable UNDER after their bye, going 5-1 in the past six games in that situation. But at home recently, it has been the opposite situation with Arizona playing 9 OVERs in 11 games.
The Steelers have only lost three times in the past 20 games when they were favored and this spread should hold up during the week. Watch the status of injured Steelers regulars to see if this point spread moves during the week.
Sportsbooks have set the Cardinals as 4-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total is listed at 41.5.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 10-rated Steelers taking on the No. 24-rated Cardinals in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 23-15 win for the Steelers on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 23-ranked offense (19.2 PPG) against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 4 at 17 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 237.2 yards per game, more than the Steelers give up through the air (157.7 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Steelers feature the league's No. 26-rated road run defense, allowing 149 yards per game. Arizona, meanwhile, ranks No. 9 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 17-13 winner at home against the Jaguars. They failed to cover the 12–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (30) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Rashard Mendenhall tore up the turf for 146 rushing yards in the latest Steelers game, a 17-13 win over the Jaguars at Heinz Field.
Arizona lost its last outing, a 34-10 result against the Vikings on October 9. The Cardinals failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 44 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 7-3
Arizona Cardinals Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on grass are 3-7
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the division are 3-7
A few Steelers at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Arizona
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Arizona's last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Arizona is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games
Pittsburgh home to New England, Sunday, October 30
Arizona at Baltimore, Sunday, October 30