Arguably the highlight contest of the week, the Arizona Cardinals (10-5, 7-1 away) take on the Dallas Cowboys (11-4, 5-2 home) in an NFC showdown between two franchises already locked into the postseason. Arizona looks to end a three-game losing skid while the Cowboys set their sights for their fifth straight victory.
Sunday’s contest kicks off at 4:25 p.m. EST inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dallas is a 6-point favorite, and the over-under total is at 51.5 points.
What to Know – Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals were the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL but have lost three in a row and five of their last eight. Arizona would like to get back on the winning track and carry some momentum into the postseason. A victory over the Cowboys would be a step in the right direction.
Offensively, the Cardinals average 26.3 points and 394.9 yards of offense per game. The defense holds opponents to 20.4 points and 338.8 yards of offense.
Arizona’s offense looked out of sorts without DeAndre Hopkins and Jonathan Conner in the lineup last week in a 22-16 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts. Kyler Murray completed 27-of-43 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown and led the Cardinals in rushing with 74 yards. Chase Edmonds rushed for 56 yards and led the team with 71 yards receiving.
Arizona is 9-6 against the spread this year but 2-4 over its last six contests. The Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their previous six games against the Cowboys.
What to Know – Dallas Cowboys
Dallas has won their last four and now looks to lock up a round one bye in the playoffs. If the Cowboys win out and the Packers or Buccaneers lose over the next two weeks, Dallas will be the top NFC seed entering the playoffs.
The Cowboys’ offense leads the NFL in both points (30.5) and yards (409.5) per game. On defense, Dallas has improved significantly this season, surrendering 20.5 points and 367.6 yards per game.
Dallas completely embarrassed WFT last week in a 56-14 victory against their rival. The Cowboys led 21-0 after the first quarter and 42-7 at the half. Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes to four different targets, and the Cowboys’ defense forced a pair of WFT turnovers.
Dallas sports a 12-3 mark ATS and 4-1 ATS over its last five games. The Cowboys are 10-0 ATS over their ten games against teams from the NFC.
The Pick is In
The Cardinals are in desperate need of a victory but face one of the hottest teams in the league.
Dallas took care of business but hasn’t played a team with a winning record during its winning streak. Arizona was the best team in the NFC through the first two months of the season, and it’s hard to imagine that even with the offensive woes that they’ll fall for the fourth time in as many tries.
Arizona might pull out the victory on the road, but the Cardinals will provide a stiffer test than the Cowboys’ last four opponents.
Betting Pick: Arizona Cardinals +6