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What a magical season it has been up to this point for the Philadelphia Eagles. I think a lot of people expected them to be a pretty good team in 2022, but what they have done up to this point has people calling them the best team in the NFL. They are 4-0 through four weeks, and they will put that record on the line when they travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in Week 5.
Last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, they had their first real scare of the year when they went down early 14-0. They managed to rally and eventually go on to win the game 29-21 in an exciting finish. The Eagles defense doesn't get as much credit as the offense does from the media, but they have really been quite good outside of Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. While they allowed 21 points in this last one, they also forced Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence to fumble four times, and have been cranking out the turnovers all season long.
Now for the unit that gets all the credit, and that is the offense. QB Jalen Hurts has had his name pop up in the MVP conversation with his play so far, and it is sort of warranted. Hurts has thrown for 1,120 yards already, but he only has a 4:2 TD:INT ratio. That isn't exactly lighting the world on fire, but it is good nonetheless. The offense as a whole has had struggled after halftime with scoring points, but last week helped their cause in this argument against them. Perhaps the biggest strength of this Eagles’ team is the running game, where Miles Sanders has rushed for 356 yards and 3 TDs. Philadelphia has covered in its last three games, and they are 3-1 on the season ATS.
The Eagles are actually 7-3-1 ATS as a favorite since the start of last year, so they have been covering in these spots quite frequently.
I very much dislike this Cardinals team this year. I think Kliff Kingsbury is one of, if not the, worst coach in the NFL. They guy is just bad, and he makes some terrible in-game decisions that leave me baffled at times. The team itself isn't very good, especially the defense, and I don't expect them to do very much this year. I'll still give them credit for their last game, which I actually bet on them in. The Cardinals used a big second half to rally against the Carolina Panthers, and getting to 2-2 on the year. They will have to carry that momentum into this game if they want any shot at beating Philadelphia.
I talk about how the defense for the Cardinals is terrible, but oddly enough, the under is 2-0-1 in the last three Cardinals’ games. They actually played well against a bad offense like the Panthers have, but against the high-powered squads, they will certainly struggle. Against teams .500 or better, the Cardinals are 0-2. Against teams that are under .500, they are 2-0. They’ll host an undefeated team this week, and I think that trend could hold true.
The offense has also been questionable in a lot of these games, so if they can't score and the defense gives up a ton, that still leads to the under. They will have their work cut out for them against this Eagles offense. The Cardinals are 15th in yards per carry allowed, and against this Eagles rushing attack, I say good luck to them. Philly will run the ball more than Arizona has seen up to this point. The Eagles also can hurt the Cardinals through the air, which is a serious weakness as well for Arizona. The Cardinals are 25th in yards per pass and 23rd in passing yards per game allowed.
I just dislike this team against anyone that has a winning record.
There is no way I can bet on Kingsbury as an underdog to a great team at home. Arizona is 5-13 ATS as the home team since 2020. I feel bad for Cardinals fans who have continued to show up and only be disappointed most of the time. Barring some unforeseen circumstance, I just don't see how the Cardinals win this game. It would take an insane performance from QB Kyler Murray for them to win, or maybe even cover.
Give me the Eagles here at -5.5.