Cardinals vs Giants Odds, Lines, and Picks
- The Arizona Cardinals will visit the New York Giants at 1pm ET on Sunday
- The Giants are a +8 on the turnover margin during their four-game winning streak
- The Cardinals have lost three in a row while the Giants have won four in a row – read below for our pick
The Arizona Cardinals will visit the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday in a matchup of two teams heading in opposite directions. The Cardinals have lost three in a row and four of five, while the Giants have won four in a row and five of seven. Will those trends continue on Sunday? Let’s take a closer look at this Cardinals-Giants matchup.
Cardinals vs Giants Odds
|Arizona Cardinals||-154||-3.0 (-106)||Over 45.5 (-110)|
|New York Giants||+130||+3.0 (-114)||Under 45.5 (-110)|
All odds as of December 12 at FanDuel
Cardinals Offense Has Gone Cold
The Cardinals had the No. 1 offense in the NFL at one point this season but that unit has gone ice cold. They’re averaging just 22 points per game over their last three contests and a big reason has been the team’s ground game. They can’t seem to win when they’re one-dimensional.
On the year, the Cards are third in rushing offense at 150.6 yards per game. However, they’re down to just 95.7 during the three-game losing streak and that’s having a huge impact. More pressure has been placed on the passing game and Kyler Murray has failed to deliver. He has thrown for just 173 yards or less in each of his last two games.
@K1 to Danny Boy for the Touchdown 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/5TmVckm2lk
— Cardinals Nation (@CardinalsNatio3) December 6, 2020
The challenge for the Cardinals this week is they’re going on the road to face an elite rush defense. They’re likely going to be faced with more of the same problems that have plagued them during this three-game losing streak, so it’s merely a matter of if they’re able to make any adjustments.
Giants Are On A Roll
The NFC East was a laughing stock just a few weeks ago but those cackles have silenced for now. The Washington Football Team has won three straight and is coming off a win over the previously undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers while the Giants just upended the Seattle Seahawks on the road.
The Giants are now riding a four-game winning streak, which is the second-longest in the NFC. They were a hot mess last season (and early this season too) but new head coach Joe Judge appears to have turned the ship around. That was evidenced last week when they put forth a disciplined effort and won with backup Colt McCoy at the helm.
Whether the Giants’ offense can keep this up is still something we have to monitor, but one thing is quite clear: their defense is for real. This is a unit that ranks ninth in the NFL in points-per-game allowed and 10th in yards. Over their last three games, they’re fourth in the NFL in yards-per-game.
Andrew Thomas hasn’t allowed a single pressure in two straight games. Thomas has now gone five straight games without giving up a sack.
Thomas’ run block win rate is 9th best among OT’s in the NFL. The rookie keeps getting better.
Here are some highlights of the #Giants’ LT: pic.twitter.com/bxv0xdztsX
— David Solow (@GiantsAlliance) December 9, 2020
The Giants defense had some issues in the first three weeks of the season but they’ve been airtight since then. They’re giving up just 19.7 points per game over their last nine outings and that includes a 37-point aberration against the Dallas Cowboys. Remove that game from the equation and they’re down to 17.5.
The key for them is just to make sure that they’re not coughing up the ball with head-scratching turnovers and giving their opponents great field position. They have just two turnovers during their four-game winning streak and are a +8 in that department. If that continues, they’re likely to get the win.
What’s The Best Bet?
Injuries could be a big factor for Sunday’s game as Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is a question mark, as is Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins. The good news for both teams is while both were limited throughout the week, both practiced in full on Friday.
Daniel Jones getting some work in at practice 👀 pic.twitter.com/ltsE0Yvguw
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 3, 2020
The pattern appears to be that the Cardinals struggle when they can’t run the ball and that’s likely to continue on Sunday. The Giants’ run defense is fourth-best in the NFL. That being the case, the mindset here has to be taking the Giants as a home dog and possibly considering the under. If Jones plays, under is the bet here.
Prediction: Giants +3 (-114)