The NFL week 3 predictions look difficult with so many teams that have yet to be considered legitimate. It also offers a chance to look at a very popular handicapping angle (more on this later).
After all the Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0 on the season, but they have a slew of turnovers and have won both of their games by one point. Unexpectedly the Cardinals are 2-0, but are they legitimate?
The wins are arguably more impressive by the Cardinals as they beat the Seahawks, who beat the Dallas Cowboys, and the New England Patriots in Foxboro. What makes the wins by the Cardinals even more impressive is that they have won these games with two different quarterbacks. However heading into this game they are still underdogs against the Eagles.
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The NFL betting trends in the Bookie Blitz matchup section also show an edge in this game for the Cardinals. The Eagles are 3-8 against the spread (ATS) in their last 11 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss against the spread.
The Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 against the NFC, and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Cardinals return home brimming with confidence after the big win over the Patriots, which lead us to the handicapping angle in this game.
Bet on a Team at home as an underdog after an outright win on the road as an underdog. The theory is simple. The Cardinals won a game they were not supposed to when the traveled to Foxboro to play the Patriots and that win will make a team believe that they should win when they are underdog and they are now in the friendly confines of their home park.
The Cardinals also have a ferocious defensive front that pressured Tom Brady all day long. Similar pressure on Michael Vick and the Eagles will lead to turnovers, but how many?
On offense the team believes in Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. The team has a solid corps of talented players in the skill positions and can match up with the Eagles. The Cardinals will give it their all this weekend and could very well win again.
The turnovers catch up with the Eagles and they lose in the desert.