The Arizona Cardinals can clinch the NFC West division crown with a win when they battle the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football as 3.5-point road betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Arizona rides a seven-game straight up win streak into Sunday night’s Cardinals vs. Eagles betting matchup at Lincoln Financial Field, but have failed to reward bettors during their current tear, going 1-3 against the spread in their past four games.
The Cardinals have struggled to score points in recent weeks, averaging just 23 per game over their past three after averaging over 35 per game in their previous three.
Fortunately, the Arizona defense has been up to the task, holding opponents to just 12 points per game in their last three, while effectively containing opposing rushers who have averaged just 68.3 ground yards and run for just one total touchdown.
Arizona’s recent low-scoring affairs have also forced the point total UNDER in their last three games, after playing OVER in eight of their first 10.
After suffering SU losses in four of five games through the end of November, a stretch that dropped them to 4-7 SU and seemingly out of playoff contention, Philadelphia has rebounded with a pair of big wins over New England and Buffalo.
The Eagles’ current win streak is even more impressive considering the beatings they suffered in their previous two games, surrendering a combined 90 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions in a pair of blowout losses.
Two weeks ago Philadelphia effectively turned a pair of Tom Brady interceptions into 14 points and added a third major on a Darren Sproles 83-yard punt return in their stunning 35-28 defeat of a Patriots team that sits as a favorite on the odds to win Super Bowl 50.
The Eagles followed that up with a 23-20 win over the Bills despite being dominated in both time of possession and total yards.
Philadelphia may need lightning to strike a third time if they are to steal a win against the Cardinals, who are 4-1 SU in their last five against the Eagles, going undefeated ATS during that stretch according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
But win or lose on Sunday, a playoff spot still remains within the Eagles’ grasp. Philadelphia enters Week 15 deadlocked with Washington and New York at 6-7 in the NFC East, but currently trails the Redskins on tiebreakers.
With SU victories over Washington and the Giants, whom they face in the final two weeks of the campaign, the Eagles would seize the edge in tiebreakers on both division rivals, should the clubs remain deadlocked in the divisional standings at the end of the regular season schedule.