New York Giants vs. Arizona Cardinals 9/14/14 NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -1 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The New York Giants host the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC matchup in week two.
The Arizona Cardinals needed a late rally in week one, but in the end they got the win over the Chargers 18-17. The defense that defined the Cardinals team in 2013 was present in the opener holding the Chargers to just 52 rushing yards on 24 attempts while also collecting an interception. The Cardinals trailed by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter but quarterback Carson Palmer threw for two late TD’s to cap a 304 yard day passing. Michael Floyd was the primary target for Palmer with five catches for 119 yards. Andre Ellington was active in the backfield rushing for 53 yards on 13 carries while also catching five passes 27 yards, but his status is in doubt for this contest with a foot injury.
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The Cardinals figure to have success in this matchup defensively given their quality and the error-prone nature of the Giants. Arizona’s offense doesn’t feel as reliable in the road favorite role though, despite the likelihood of Larry Fitzgerald coming out extra hungry to make up for catching just one pass out of four targets in week one.
The New York Giants were pummeled in week one, losing 35-14 to the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning completed just 55% of his passes with a touchdown and two interceptions thrown. Manning wasn’t completely to blame though as the offensive line looked lost against a fierce Lions front and his receivers lacked precision running routes as well. Victor Cruz was mostly a no-show with just two catches for 24 yards as 2nd year tight end Larry Donnell led the team in receiving on the night with five receptions for 56 yards. Rashad Jennings had his moments at RB with four catches for 50 yards and a rushing TD while averaging just 2.9 yards per carry.
The Giants defense that struggled last season didn’t appear much improved in week one, but they will get a break here with the Cardinals on the road being well behind the Lions at home in terms of offensive potency. Things don’t figure to get much easier on the turnover front though as Eli Manning can’t afford to throw picks against a team looking to play a low scoring grind out battle.
The Cardinals were a great team to play against the spread last season but as visible as they are now in the eyes of the betting public and coming off an ATS loss in week one I’m taking the Giants to win at home as a below average but also underrated team.