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Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints - 12/18/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Saints (5-8) at Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1)
Date & Time Sunday December 18, 2016, 4:05 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -2.5 -- Over/Under: 50
TV Channel
FOX
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NFL | New Orleans Saints (5-8) at Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1)
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The New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday afternoon in a NFC NFL matchup at U of Phoenix Stadium.

The New Orleans Saints could use a feel good victory after losing four of their last five games. The New Orleans Saints lost six of their last 10 road games. Drew Brees is completing 70.6 percent of his passes for 4,170 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Brees hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in his last two games. Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas have combined for 1,701 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Willie Snead has 59 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 104.4 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 772 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 27 points and 366.7 yards per game. Craig Robertson leads the New Orleans Saints with 100 tackles, Cameron Jordan has 5.5 sacks and Kenny Vaccaro has two interceptions.

The Arizona Cardinals could also use a nice win after losing four of their last six games. The Arizona Cardinals are 3-0-1 SU in their last four home games. Carson Palmer is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 3,376 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Palmer has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson have combined for 1,637 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Michael Floyd has 33 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 110.6 yards per contest, and Johnson leads the way with 1,085 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 21.3 points and 298.5 yards per game. Deone Bucannon leads the Arizona Cardinals with 91 tackles, Markus Golden has seven sacks and Marcus Cooper has four interceptions.

The Saints are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Cardinals are 21-9 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the home team is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

Neither one of these teams has looked sharp as of late and playoff hopes are pretty much over. The one edge you have to like is that the Arizona Cardinals are at home, a place they haven't lost since October 2. I also don't like backing the New Orleans Saints on the road, as they're not the same team as they are in the dome. This is a game the Cardinals should be able to win and the line is low enough to back with some decent confidence. 

Pick:
Arizona Cardinals -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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