Even though I have been betting for over 10 years, the last few weeks have not been good to me. I’m down to my last $100, and I need to make the best of it. I’ve studied film and without a doubt I’m taking a two team parlay in tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup.
The Baltimore Ravens (1-5, 0-5-1 ATS) travel to Phoenix for the week 7 edition of Monday Night matchup, their fourth trip across the country already this season, to take on the NFC West first place Arizona Cardinals (4-2, 4-2 ATS). Tonight’s matchup will mark the fifth away game in seven for the Ravens, who are in last place in the AFC North.
The 1-5 start marks the Ravens worst in franchise history, but they are not as bad as their record might suggest. All six of the Ravens games have been decided by six points or less, with two needing overtime to decide the winner (1-1 in OT games). They had the lead entering the fourth quarter in three of their losses, and have had the chance for a game tying or winning score in the final two minutes of every game this season.
The Cardinals started hot this season, winning their first three, scoring a combined 126 points in those games. A Pittsburg Steelers defense that currently ranks 26th in the NFL held them to 13 points last week, losing 25-13. Third string quarterback Landry Jones, was forced into the game following an injury to Mike Vick and had instant chemistry with wide receiver Martavis Bryant. Bryant finished with 6 receptions, good for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns.
You’ll find the current line at 9½, favoring the home team Cardinals with the UNDER/OVER at 49. For the latest odds, please visit America’s bookie.
Baltimore have not been their usual selves on defense this year, as they have given up 286 pass yards per game, 29th in the league and are 16th in total team defense. To further the case for Arizona, their offense ranks 6th in the NFL in pass yards per game at 284 with quarterback Carson Palmer having thrown for 1737 yards, 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Even though Baltimore’s offense is not too far behind in passing yards, throwing for 258/game, it has to be mentioned that Arizona ranks 7th in overall passing defense giving up only 224 yards per game. Overall, Arizona ranks in the top 10 in all major defensive categories, namely 5th in overall yards and 8th in points/game.
The numbers just don’t lie in this matchup. Arizona has scored 203 points so far this year while they have given up 115, good for a +88 differential. Meanwhile, Baltimore has scored 143 with 162 scored on them, a differential of -19.
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There will be fireworks at University of Phoenix Stadium tonight, with both teams marching up and down the field. Many points will be scored, but I expect Arizona’s defense to continue to keep the Ravens off balance enough that they will not be able to keep up with the Cardinals high powered offensive attack.
Take Arizona -9½ and the OVER in a two team parlay. For more information on how to bet parlays visit America’s Bookie.