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Titans home to Cardinals in NFL betting action

Arizona Cardinals Tennessee Titans
7-5 December 15, 2013, 04:25 | LP Field 5-8

The Arizona Cardinals won last week to stay alive in the NFC playoff battle.

The Tennessee Titans lost last week and are now probably out of the AFC playoff picture.

In a must-win situation for the Cards they head to Tennessee for an inter-conference tussle with the Titans Sunday.

Arizona did what it had to do last Sunday, beating St. Louis 30-10. At 8-5 the Cardinals still trail the 49ers and the Panthers by a game in the NFC wild-card race.

Arizona also covered another pointspread last Sunday, and is now 9-4 ATS on the season. Tennessee, meanwhile, just gave up 51 points in losing at Denver, and at 5-8 sits on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention.

As of early this week the Cardinals were favored by three points on the road for Sunday's game over at 5Dimes.

They bring a 5-8 record (6-6-1 ATS) to the Week 15 battle against the 7-5 Cardinals, who are 7-4-1 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Tennessee go 8-4-1 so far and the Cardinals go 6-6.

View Arizona Cardinals vs Tennessee Titans Odds and Stats.

The point spread was settled in at 1 favoring the host Titans earlier in the week, according to BetOnline. The over under line was hovering around 41.5, with movement expected during the week at Bovada.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Titans at No. 19 and the Cardinals at No. 7 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 24-19 result in favor of the Cardinals.

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In their last action, Arizona was a 30-10 winner at home against the Rams. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (40) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last gridiron battle, Justin Hunter did much of the damage, producing 114 receiving yards but Tennessee managed to defeat the Titans 51-28 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tennessee's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 22.46 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 7 this week at 19.77 PPG. The Titans aerial game is averaging 213.69 yards per game, less than the Cardinals secondary allows through the air, 227.15 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cardinals own the league's No. 3-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 89.5 yards per game when on the road. Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 20 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cardinals at Titans trends to consider:
Arizona is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Arizona is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Arizona is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tennessee
Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Tennessee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee's last 7 games
Tennessee is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Arizona at Seattle, Sunday, December 22nd
Tennessee at Jacksonville, Sunday, December 22nd