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With coach Bruce Arians seeking a complete game from the Arizona Cardinals, the NFC West leaders are up against the turnaround-seeking Baltimore Ravens in a tricky Monday Night Football betting matchup.
The Carson Palmer-quarterbacked Cardinals are in the unaccustomed position of being listed as 10-point favorites against the Ravens at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Cardinals have not been a double-digit favorite since the end of the 2009 season, the campaign following the franchise’s lone Super Bowl appearance.
In recent years, Arizona has struggled to cover in home interconference games, going 6-2 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against the AFC at University of Phoenix Stadium according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
With Palmer at the controls offensively, Arizona is 4-2 both SU and ATS. Defensively, the Cardinals are seeking a bounce-back after a 25-13 loss against Pittsburgh. Cornerback Patrick Peterson will line up on veteran WR Steve Smith, while DE Calais Campbell will try to break through a Ravens offensive line that has allowed only seven sacks.
Overall, Arizona is 8-2 ATS in its past 10 home games. The Cardinals’ highly rated offensive line is facing a Ravens team that has 18 sacks. Palmer and veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald have a favorable matchup against a depleted Ravens defensive secondary, although complementary pass catchers will have to step up since WR John Brown is questionable and TE Darren Fells is injured.
The Ravens are 1-5 SU and 0-5-1 ATS, with all of their games being decided by fewer than seven points. Quarterback Joe Flacco and Smith, along with breakout TE Crockett Gilmore, will try to challenge a deep and talented Cardinals secondary. Between the likes of Peterson and FS Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona is among the top 5 NFL teams at defending deep throws.
Baltimore is 3-4 SU and 4-3 ATS in its last seven road games against NFC teams, but all three wins were against non-playoff teams.
The total for Monday night’s Ravens vs. Cardinals betting matchup is set at 49 points at the sportsbooks. The total has gone OVER in five of the Ravens’ last seven road games against the NFC. The total has gone OVER in four of Arizona’s last five games.
The OddsShark Computer is projecting a 31.4-16.6 Cardinals victory.
Ravens vs. Cardinals Pick: Cardinals SU & ATS