Buffalo at Arizona
Time: 3:05 PM EST, CBS
Spread: ARI -2.5
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Arizona Cardinals are 5-3 and 2-2 at home where it hosts the visiting 7-2 Buffalo Bills in Week 10. The Cardinals are 2.5-point favorites with the over-under set high at 56.5 total points. The game will kick off at 3 PM (EST) on CBS.
The Arizona Cardinals at 5-3 only trail the Seattle Seahawks by a game in the NFC West. The Cardinals had won three-straight heading into last week’s disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Cardinals fell by just a field goal, but it feels good about its chances of exploiting the Bills with Kyler Murray showing signs of greatness increasing every week.
Murray has thrown for 2,130 yards and 16 touchdowns, while having also lead the team in rushing yardage with 543 yards on 76 attempts, evening out to 7.1 per-attempt and eight touchdowns, all of which also lead the Cardinals. The featured running back alongside him doing damage is Kenyan Drake, who has 512 yards and four touchdowns of his own. No. 2 running back Chase Edmonds has 246 yards on 54 attempts and one touchdown.
Murray has aired it out to DeAndre Hopkins, a lot, and productively. Hopkins has caught 60 of 76 targeted passes for 734 yards and three touchdowns. All of that leads the Cardinals. Christian Kirk is the No. 2 receiver with 400 yards on 40 catches, but he leads the team with six of its 16 total receiving touchdowns.
Kicker Zane Gonzalez is 11 of 15 on field goals, with all four of his misses have come beyond the 40-yard line. Edmonds has been a strong return man as well, with 23.0 yards per kickoff return, including a 42-yard return to his credit this season.
The Buffalo Bills are 7-2 and in first place in the AFC East. The Bills boast the league’s seventh-best pass offense at 277 yards per game, while still generating a respectable 100.3 on the ground. Despite that, its scoring is middle of the pack at 26.9 points per contest (No. 14) and it also has a middle of the pack defense, allowing 25.9 per game. The result is a win differential of just +1.0 despite having won seven of nine thus far this season.
The Bills also have won three-straight, with wins over the Jets, Patriots, and Seahawks. Those are two big powered wins, especially the 44-34 beating it gave Seattle.
Buffalo has been dominant with Josh Allen fueling 314.2 yards per game on 68.2 percent passing. Allen has 19 touchdown passes with just five interceptions, and 20 sacks in nine games are not horrible either. He has rushed for another 241 yards on 65 attempts and leads the Bills with five rushing touchdowns. Featured backfield option Devin Singletary has rushed for 386 yards but has just one touchdown. The running back and QB are both tied in first downs with 26, but Singletary has to step up his big playmaking. He averages just 4.1 yards-per-attempt and has broken open for very few big plays this season. Zack Moss averages 3.9 per-carry on 52 attempts as the third-rush option behind Allen and Singletary.
Stefon Diggs has been greedy for yards at receiver, with 91 targeted passes landing in 63 catches for a team-best 813 yards. He has three touchdowns and 35 first downs, which ties for the lead and leads. Tight end Tyler Kroft has just 12 receptions but three have also been for touchdowns. Cole Beasley is No. 2 in yardage at 533 yards and ranks No. 2 in first downs with 28. The pass offense really is dominant, but the Bills must improve its overall efficacy and find more touchdowns. Getting the chains moved makes for a very good offense, but a great one is made by capitalizing in the red zone effectively. The Bills still have plenty of improvement to make there.