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Cardinals vs Lions betting odds – Cardinals will clinch West with win

Posted by Stan Simmons on 12/19/2009 5:02:01 PM

NFL Odds: Pick Cardinals -12


The Cardinals vs Lions betting odds will not be the highlight matchup of the week but it is still important for playoff positioning. The Cardinals can clinch the NFC West with one more win and against the feeble, shorthanded Lions, Online betting cappers should expect exactly that.

Sportsbook Odds: Cardinals -12, O/U: 46.5


What’s On The Line?
Everything is on the line for Arizona as they aim to clinch the NFC West and make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. For them, that would be groundbreaking. Considering how the Lions have played this year, they should be able to accomplish that this week.

For the Lions, they are just playing out the string. They were again blown out last week in Baltimore and nowadays, they are just playing not to lose by more than three touchdowns per week. That might be tough this week.


Offensive Matchups: Cardinals vs Lions betting odds
The Cardinals offense was extremely sloppy on Monday night and although they are on a short week, they probably will be cautious not to turn it over six times. They have a lethal passing game and the running game had been coming to life in recent weeks, so as long as they don’t give Detroit extra opportunities, they will score regularly.

Detroit will be shorthanded this week as they will be without starting quarterback Matt Stafford, starting running back Kevin Smith and potentially wideout Calvin Johnson. That’s a tall order to replace – especially for an offense short on weapons. Daunte Culppeper and Maurice Morris will take the lead in the backfield, which is not a good thing,


Betting Edge: Cardinals


Defensive Matchups: Cardinals vs Lions betting odds
NFL betting fans may not have noticed this but the Cardinals defense held up alright last week. Considering the offense let them down and put them in bad positions, the Cardinals defense did the best they could. This is a unit that is better at stopping the run than the pass usually but this week, they should have success both ways.

For Detroit, their defense is in trouble this week. Not only is it one of the worst in the NFL, they are ravaged by injury. To give you an idea of just how brutal the secondary is, the Lions have added 10 defensive backs to the roster since September 4th. That’s never a good sign.


Betting Edge: Cardinals


Notable Injuries: Cardinals vs Lions betting odds
The Cardinals will probably be without left tackle Mike Gandy for another week as he deals with a pelvic injury. The Cardinals may also be without star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, although he vowed to play this week.

For Detroit, they’ll be without Matt Stafford and Kevin Smith on offense, and possibly without Calvin Johnson. Johnson hasn’t practiced much this week but will likely play at less than 100%.


Betting Edge: Cardinals


Over/Under Picks: Cardinals vs Lions betting odds
The Cardinals will score plenty of points in this game and it’s just a matter of whether Detroit can match them. Detroit will be at home, so they should be good for 10-14 points but you never know when Culpepper is starting. The good news for the over when Culpepper is starting is the fact that he’s probably go for 10-14 points going the other way as well.

Pick: Over 46.5


Outlook and Pick: Cardinals vs Lions betting
It’s a big spread, but Arizona needs this game and Detroit is not only bad, but they are beaten up on top of it. The Cardinals played poorly on Monday night and they will make amends this week with a much better performance.

The Redskins have no pressure on them and that will be the difference as they play well for a sixth straight week.


STAN'S PICK: : Cardinals -12


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