Cardinals vs. Colts Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Arizona is favored on the road in this one, as the Cardinals are getting odds of -7 points against the Colts. The over/under total for the contest has been listed at 44 points. Indianapolis has won four of the last five in this series and the two have hit the under in five of their last six meetings. Sunday’s game takes place from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana and will air live on FOX.
Arizona started the season with a sloppy 35-23 loss at Detroit last week, going over the 48.5-point total in the loss. Arizona had four turnovers in the loss and let a 10-0 lead slip away. Carson Palmer was just 27 of 48 passing for 268 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. David Johnson rushed for just 23 yards before suffering a wrist injury that landed him on the short-term IR. Kerwynn Williams will have to fill in for the time being, but he had just 10 rushing yards on five carries last week. John Brown was also injured in the loss and he is questionable to play on Sunday with a quad injury. Defensively, the Cardinals were carved up by Matthew Stafford for 292 yards and four touchdowns, though the unit did manage a pick six.
Indianapolis has the worst showing of anyone in the NFL in Week 1, suffering a 46-9 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles. The poor effort still managed to hit the over. The Colts amassed just 225 yards of offense in the loss, committing three turnovers and allowing four sacks. The Rams ended up with two defensive touchdowns and a safety in the win. With Andrew Luck still out, the Colts went with Scott Tolzien to start, but he was 9 of 18 passing for 128 yards with two interceptions. Jacoby Brissett came in and was 2 of 3 passing for 51 yards. The Colts haven’t declared a starter for Sunday. Frank Gore was the leading rusher with 42 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, the Colts allowed Jared Goff to light them up for 306 yards and a touchdown. Having Vontae Davis out with a groin injury is not helping that unit. Davis will be out until at least mid-October.
Neither team looked good last week, but the Cardinals seem like they can bounce back somewhat on offense. Palmer has been known to have some really bad games in the past, only to bounce back. He doesn’t dwell on interceptions and keeps throwing, which should go well this week against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. I am not sure if the Colts will be able to move the ball much, but Brissett seems to have some promise in that offense. I think Arizona will put up around 30-40 points through its aerial attack and defense while the Colts will stumble into around 10-17 of their own.
NFL WEEK 2 PREDICTION: CARDINALS/COLTS OVER 44