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Arizona, Washington Set Sights on 2-0 Start

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a pass against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley during an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

DeAndre Hopkins and Arizona (1-0 SU and ATS) look to build on their Week 1 upset of the 49ers when they host a Washington team (1-0 SU and ATS) that has lost nine of its last 12 road games. However, Washington is coming off a comeback victory over Philadelphia and has won 10 of the last 12 meetings.

Washington Football Team vs Arizona Cardinals
  • Date/Time: September 20, 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: State Farm Stadium
  • TV Coverage: Fox
  • Opening Odds: Cardinals -7 | O/U 45.5 (Line History)
  • Washington vs Arizona Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

It didn’t take long for this line to be bet off the key number of 7, with Washington money moving Arizona down to -6.5 by Monday morning. Washington is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when underdogs of a touchdown or more.

Washington News & Notes

A new name and a new coach led to a new look for Washington in the opener: a gutsy, come-from-behind victory. Trailing Philadelphia 17-0 late in the first half, Washington scored 27 unanswered points the rest of the way. Sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins shook off a poor start that saw him complete just three of his first nine passes, finishing 17 of 31 for 178 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

Washington’s defense carried the day, however, dominating Philadelphia’s banged-up offensive line to record eight sacks. Washington also forced three turnovers and allowed only 265 total yards en route to its first win over a division opponent in nearly two years. It was also just Washington’s third win in its last 17 games as an underdog.

As much as Washington has struggled recently, the team has actually been a decent bet on the road. Washington is 6-3 ATS in its last nine outings as a road underdog, and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 when catching more than a touchdown away from home.

Arizona News & Notes

The Cardinals’ offense, defense and special teams all played key roles in last week’s 24-20 upset of the defending NFC champion 49ers. QB Kyler Murray ran for a team-high 91 yards and a touchdown, the Arizona defense held San Fran’s vaunted run game to just 123 yards and limited the Niners to 2-for-11 on third down, and a blocked punt set up one of Arizona’s touchdowns.

If there was one star to single out, it was off-season acquisition DeAndre Hopkins. The wide receiver showed no signs of a hamstring injury that hampered him in training camp, pulling in a career-high 14 passes for 151 yards. After being targeted on 40 percent of Arizona’s pass plays, Hopkins could be in for another big day in his home debut.

The Cardinals have struggled the last two years at home, however, winning just three of their last 16 games at State Farm Stadium and going 2-7 ATS in their last nine as home chalk.

Betting Pick: Washington +6.5

I’ll take the points and fade the Cardinals in what could be a letdown spot following a big upset of the defending NFC champions. Washington’s defense should keep this one close throughout.

Shark Bites
  • Washington has won 10 of its last 12 games vs the Cardinals.
  • The Cardinals are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games as home favorites.
  • The UNDER is 9-2 in the Cardinals’ last 11 September games.