Cardinals vs. Chiefs - 12/7/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) at Arizona Cardinals (9-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -1.5 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals play Sunday afternoon at U of Phoenix Stadium.
The Kansas City Chiefs look to snap their two-game losing streak and get back in the playoff hunt. Alex Smith is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. Smith has four touchdowns and one pick in his last three games, and the Chiefs have 29 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Travis Kelce and Dwayne Bowe have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Anthony Fasano has caught a touchdown in three of his last four games. The Chiefs ground attack is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Jamaal Charles leads the way with 807 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Kansas City Chiefs are allowing 18.7 points, 333.3 yards, and they’ve forced 32 sacks and nine turnovers. Josh Mauga leads Kansas City with 80 tackles and Justin Houston has 14 sacks.
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The Arizona Cardinals have also lost two straight and return from a two-game road trip. Drew Stanton is completing 55.3 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and five interceptions. Stanton has one touchdown and three picks in his last two games, and the Cardinals have 43 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while John Carlson has eight of his 28 receptions in his last three games. Fitzgerald is questionable with a knee injury. The Cardinals ground game is averaging 3.1 yards per carry, as Andre Ellington leads the way with 660 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Ellington is questionable for this game with a hip injury. Defensively, the Arizona Cardinals are allowing 18.7 points, 352.5 yards, and they’ve forced 26 sacks and 21 turnovers. Rashad Johnson leads Arizona with 76 tackles and Calais Campbell has six sacks.
The Chiefs are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The home team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Arizona Cardinals are a tough team to beat at home and have actually won 10 of their last 11 home games. Assuming Fitz and Ellington play, give me the home team and the small chalk.