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Arizona Cardinals (1-0, 0-1 ATS) @ New York Giants (0-1, 0-1 ATS)

*ATS= against the spread

BETDAQ Line: Arizona -2 (42.5)

Significant Injuries

Arizona: RB Andre Ellington (questionable– foot), QB Carson Palmer (questionable– shoulder), LB Alex Okafor (out– thigh), DT Frostee Rucker (out– calf)

New York: WR Odell Beckham (out– hamstring), OT James Brewer (out– back), LB Devon Kennard (out– hamstring), DT Markus Kuhn (out– ankle)

Recent Trends

Arizona is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games

Arizona is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing record

New York is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss

New York is 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 September games

The UNDER is 4-1 in Arizona’s last 5 games vs. NFC opponents

The UNDER is 4-1 in New York’s last 5 games vs. NFC opponents

The OVER is 7-0-1 in New York’s last 8 Week 2 games

Three reasons to back Arizona

1. The Cardinals are an excellent team– they won 10 games last year and pulled out a Week 1 win over San Diego. The Giants, on the other hand, looked terrible in a blowout loss to Detroit last week. This game is a mismatch.

2. Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks very uncomfortable in new coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense, and this week he’ll be going up against one of the league’s best secondaries, a unit led by All Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. This is a recipe for disaster for the New York offense.

3. Arizona boasts one of the league’s most dangerous passing attacks, as Carson Palmer is surrounded by talented wideouts Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd and shifty scatback Andre Ellington, among others. They’ll be facing a New York defense that surrendered 346 passing yards in Week 1.

Three reasons to back New York

1. The Cardinals are banged-up heading into this game– Carson Palmer and Andre Ellington are both injured and officially listed as questionable, and the team is also down a couple of starters in the defensive front seven. Throw in a cross-country road trip and early kickoff, and it just seems like there are a lot of external factors working against them.

2. The Giants have a better defense than people realize– they ranked 8th in total yards allowed last season– and Arizona’s offense is nothing special. The Cards finished in the bottom-half of the league in points scored last year and managed just 18 points against a vulnerable San Diego defense in Week 1. The New York defense should be able to control the action on Sunday.

3. The Giants are a great situational play here: veteran team whose professional pride is tested after a bad Week 1 performance, short home ‘dog facing a very beatable opponent, coach and quarterback with Super Bowl pedigrees who nonetheless are “buy low” candidates right now… sharp bettors will be all over New York this week.

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