Two winless teams, both looking for a brighter future. Each of these teams have reason for optimism but success doesn’t come easy in the National Football League. Arizona has high hopes for rookie sensation Kyler Murray and his playmaking ability while Cincinnati is leaning on the knowledge and prowess of new head coach Zac Taylor to escape the valley and climb to the peak!
The Arizona Cardinals come into this week’s game with an 0-3-1 record. They have shown flashes of brilliance this season but not nearly enough to be relevant in the playoff picture. The season is early, though, and there is still plenty of time to go on a run. To make a run, the Cards will need to clean up their act as the passing attack is pitiful (21st) and the running game is worse (23rd). If that wasn’t bad enough, the defense is second to last. All of this is not surprising and is what was expected with a rookie quarterback and first year NFL Head Coach. That doesn’t mean that things can’t change in Arizona, especially if the game slows down for Murray.
The Cincinnati Bengals (0-4) aren’t playing much better. The one thing that you cannot have in the NFL is a one dimensional team and without injured star wide receiver AJ Green, the Bengals are just that. This has allowed opposing defenses to stack the line and rendered the rushing attack to be less than pedestrian, averaging a meager 49 yards per game. The poor offensive numbers, coupled with a -5 turnover margin, has put tremendous strain on the defense. With the offense not producing, the defense has been on the field far too much each game. Taylor is a quality coach and has won everywhere he has been so you can count on a turnaround before all is said in done. AJ Green should be returning soon which could right the ship but it won’t be this week.
Both teams would love to begin a turnaround this week but only one can get the “W”. In the “Battle for the Basement”, the Elldee Sports Formula says you can count on the Cardinals to stay within the spread and likely pull the outright upset. This isn’t a must-win for either team but it is getting close to that point. Until next time, good luck!
Arizona 20 – Cincinnati 14
Arizona +3.5 and Under 47.5