Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 16 Betting Odds and Prediction

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WrittenbyGregSmith–2011-12NFLPredictionRecord(15-8)

ThisSundayfeaturesasupermatchupastheArizonaCardinalsandCincinnatiBengalsfightitouttodeterminewhichteamcancontinuetokeeptheirslimplayoffhopesalive。

Bothteamshavehadtheirshareofpositiveandnegativemomentsastheseasondrawstoaclose。

AfterwegothroughalloftheavailabledataI’mconfidentthatwecanfindthebestsideforprofitableNFLbettorsthisweekend。

ThereisdefinitelyacasetobemadefortheArizonaCardinalsinthisgameastheymakealate(verylate)drivetomaketheplayoffs。

RecentwinsovertheClevelandBrowns,SanFrancisco49ersandDallasCowboyshavegiventheCardinalssomerespectability。

Theirpowerrankingpositionhasimprovedto19ththisweekfrom21stlastweekandthey’refinallyateamthatcanboastofa。

500rankingwiththeiroverallrecordat7-7。

Sothat’sthegoodsideoflifefortheCardinals,hereistheharsherrealityinmyopinion。

Tostart,their“better”QBKevinKolbislistedasquestionabletoplaythisweekendwithaconcussionwhichputsbackupQBJohnSkeltoninlinetostart。

Toputitbluntly,asIlookoverbothCardinalQB’snumbersIreallydon’tcarewhostartsthisSunday。

KevinKolbislistedwith9TD’s,8INT’s,a57。

7passingcompletionrateandan81。

1overallQBR。

ComparethatwithbackupCardinalsQBJohnSkeltonwith8TD’s,10INT’sfora55。

5passingcompletionrateanda69。

8overallQBR。

TheCardinalsasateamare2-5asthevisitingsquadandhaveanoffencethatismarginalatbest(althoughitranksreasonablycloselytotheBengals)。

TheCardinalsoffencecurrentlystandsat22ndinoverallyardsgainedpergame,19thinpassingyardsgained,24thinrushingyardsgainedand25thoverallinpointsscoredpergame。

ThecentralproblemfortheCardinalsthisSundaywillbetheirdefense。

CurrentlytheCardinalsdefenseranks20thintotalyardsallowedpergame,22ndintotalpassingyardsallowedpergame,18thinrushingyardsallowedpergameand17thintotalpointsallowedpergame。

ThenumbersarefairlymediocrebutwhenIcombinethemwiththeCardinalsQB’sthathaveapropensityforputtingupINT’sitspellsateamthatturnstheballoverandputsthewininjeopardy。

Ontheothersideofthefield,theCincinnatiBengalsarestillaliveandplayingreasonablywellwitharecentwinovertheStLouisRams。

AsImentionedinmyarticlelastweektheBengalshavehadatoughscheduleandlossestotheTexansandSteelersarenothingtohandateam’sproverbialheadabout。

TheBengalsoffensestilllooksreasonableastheyareranked23rdintotalyardsgainedpergame,20thinpassingyardsgainedpergame,19thinrushingyardsgainedpergameand18thintotalpointsgainedpergame。

IntheoffensedepartmentthebiggestdifferencetomewouldbethattheBengalsareranked18thintotalpointsscoredpergamewhiletheCardinalsareranked25th。

Aswell,IliketheBengalsQBAndyDaltonwith18TD’s,13INT’sfora59%passingcompletionsrateandanoverallQBRof81。

TheBengalshaveanoverallrecordof8-6(with3-3athome)whichtellsmetheyknowhowtowin。

OveralltheBengalsreallyshineondefenseastheycurrentlyrank6thintotalyardsallowedpergame,11thinpassingyardsallowedpergame,9thinrushingyardsallowedpergameand10thintotalpointsallowedpergame。

TheBengalsarebetterdefensivelyacrosstheboardbutthekeynumbersthatstandouttomearethattheBengalsaresevenrankingpositionsbetterthantheCardinalsinpointsallowed。

Aswell,theBengalsaresevenrankingpositionsbetterthantheCardinalsinpointsgainedoffensivelypergame。

WhenIcombinethosenumberswiththedifferenceintheQB’smanagingthegameIhaveconfidenceintheBengalsasateamcomingoutasthevictorathomethisSunday。

Prediction:TaketheCincinnatiBengalsat-4againsttheArizonaCardinals(5Dimes。

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