Point spread favors Cardinals in battle with Jaguars
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Very quietly the Arizona Cardinals, despite residing in the same division as Seattle and San Francisco, have played themselves into the NFC playoff picture.
Arizona has won two games in a row to get to 5-4, which puts them one game off the pace in the NFC wild-card race.
The Cardinals now travel to the Eastern time zone for the second time this season to take on the 1-8 Jaguars in Jacksonville Sunday afternoon (1 pm ET, Fox).
Arizona just outlasted Houston 27-24, pushing the spread as three-point favorites.
Jacksonville, meanwhile, just picked up its first victory of this season, upsetting the Titans in Nashville 29-27.
In the early betting the Cardinals were favored by 6.5 points over the Jags.
Some Jags vs Cards ttrends include: Arizona is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road; the total has gone UNDER in seven of Jacksonville's last eight games at home; Jacksonville is 1-5 ATS in its last six games at home; Cardinals Under is 8-1 past nine games as road favorites; Jaguars played seven straight UNDERs when home dog.
They battle the Cardinals, currently with a 5-4 mark (5-4 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 5-4 for the Jaguars and 4-5 for the Cardinals.
Sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag, had set the Jaguars as 6.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 41 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines).
It's a betting matchup between the No. 32-rated Jaguars and the No. 20-ranked Cardinals, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 19-2 result in favor of the Cardinals.
Arizona won its last outing, a 27-24 result against the Texans on November 10. The Cardinals failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 51 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Jaguars grabbed a Week 10 victory over the Titans in their last game, winning 29-27 at LP Field.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Jacksonville's No. 32-ranked offense, averaging 12.78 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 12 this week at 22 PPG. The Jaguars aerial game is averaging 213.44 yards per game, less than the Cardinals secondary allows through the air, 243.67 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 8-rated road run defense, allowing 100 yards per game. Jacksonville, meanwhile, ranks No. 30 in rushing offense at home.
A few Cardinals at Jaguars trends to consider:
Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Arizona is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games
Arizona is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games on the road
Jacksonville is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Jacksonville is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games
Jacksonville is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Arizona at Indianapolis, Sunday, November 24th
Jacksonville at Houston, Sunday, November 24th