Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/9/14
Houston Texans (2-14) at Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -2.5 -- Over/Under: 36.5 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Cardinals play host to the Houston Texans in the 2014 preseason opener for both teams.
The Texans enter 2014 with no where to go but up or that's what the numbers say after an NFL worse 2-14 campaign. The team needs a bigger name then Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and top receiver Andre Johnson is unhappy with his contract while Arian Foster has to stay healthy or the rushing attack is questionable. Sounds like the defense will be called upon more often then not. Heading in to the preseason opener most of the questions surrounding this team are on the offensive side of the football so I would expect everyone to at least get a look because this team is lacking at the skill positions. Tom Savage is probably a few years away at QB and Keshawn Martin has potential as a receiver while Andre Brown and Alfred Blue will get a shot at RB.
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The Cardinals have the postseason in their crosshairs after missing out last year despite a 10-6 record. Carson Palmer threw for over 4,000 yards but also was mistake prone with 22 picks and with an unproven Drew Stanton as backup and some new faces in the running game there are areas that need to be addressed. I don't see Palmer or Stanton playing much in the opener because there aren't many alternatives. We know Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd will be mostly on the sideline as well so maybe we see an extended look at some future receivers. I expect the Cardinals to look closely at the running back position where Andre Ellington has assumed the top spot but Arizona could use a boost on the ground.
Both teams have questions but the Cardinals obviously have far fewer so logic tells me Arizona has the better roster top to bottom regardless of this being the preseason. Logic is all I have or so I think...