On Sunday at 1 pm EST, the New England Patriots will take on the Arizona Cardinals and what is going to be a match-up of offences. The all-time series is tied seven apiece, with New England winning the last game by a 23-21 margin on September 11, 2016. Now, one of these teams will look to break the tie.
Patriots fall to Texans in last game
In their last game, the New England Patriots were defeated by the Houston Texans, 27-20. In the defeat, Cam Newton went 26-of-40 on the afternoon, throwing for 365 yards and a lone touchdown. Damien Harris rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, also not getting much going against the Houston defensive line.
In terms of receiving, the main target was Damiere Byrd. He caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. He was Newton’s main target on the day, and truly opened up the Pats offence.
Cardinals lose close one to Seahawks
In the meantime, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Seattle Seahawks by a 28-21 margin. QB Kyler Murray went 29-of-42 on the afternoon, throwing for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Kenyan Drake did not do much on the ground, carrying the ball 11 times for 29 yards. He did however score a touchdown.
In terms of receiving for the Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 62 yards while DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 51 yards. Christian Kirk caught four passes for 50 yards, and the Arizona Cardinals were able to have a nice triple-threat at wide receiver.
The Patriots win this game if….
New England will win this game if they shut down the trio mentioned above. Of course, this is easier said than done. The New England secondary is going to have their work cut out for them. However, if the Patriots can contain them, they should be in business. Arizona does not get much production from the tight end position, and that could work in New England’s favour.
The Cardinals will win this game if….
The Cardinals will win this game if they can shut down the Patriots running attack. Damien Harris has been a key cog for the Patriots in that department, being the leading rusher for the team with 526 yards on the season. This year more than ever for New England, the running game has brought balance to the offence. If the Cardinals can stop that rhythm, they will be in good shape.
I feel comfortable taking the Arizona Cardinals +1 in this match-up. They have weapons on both sides of the football, and I do not think New England will be able to contain the Arizona offence. New England may be able to get some things going with their rushing attack, but I don’t see them being able to sustain that throughout the course of the game.
-- by Danny the Geek