NFL Week 9 Expert Picks – Arizona vs. DallasJosh Bailey
The Dallas Cowboys raced out to a 6-1 start this season on the legs of DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo’s mistake free football, briefly holding the best record in the NFL. The Cowboys are coming off an overtime Monday Night Football loss at the hands of Washington’s third string QB Colt McCoy who carved up the Dallas D at will.
Romo left the game in the third quarter after taking a knee to the back, that reportedly didn’t affect the part of his back that he had surgery on for the second offseason in a row. He was able to come back in the fourth quarter where the Cowboys used their offensive line, two tight ends and Murray in pass protection which still wasn’t enough for the blitz attack of the Washington D. Owner Jerry Jones should be more concerned about his star QBs health as his other option is Brandon Weedon.
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— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 29, 2014
In NFL week 9 betting action, the Dallas Cowboys (6-2, 1st in NFC East) host the Arizona Cardinals (6-1, 1st in NFC West), the only remaining team in the NFC with just one loss. It is a tough match up for the Cowboys coming off a tougher loss to a subpar team.
Arizona Stats Leaders
- Passing: Palmer – 94-154, 1136 yds, 8 tds
- Rushing: Ellington – 128 car, 464 yds, 2 tds
- Receiving: Fitzgerald – 30 rec, 443 yds, 2 tds
Dallas Stats Leaders
- Passing: Romo – 165-242, 1998 yds, 15 tds
- Rushing: Murray – 206 car, 1054 yds, 7 tds
- Receiving: Bryant – 48 rec, 620 yds, 5 tds
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys
Date: Sunday, November 2nd
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
TV Info: FOX
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Radio: NFL Audio Pass
Point Spread: Dallas -3
Moneyline: Cardinals -110 vs. Cowboys 110
Cardinals Vs. Cowboys NFL Week 9 Expert Picks Analysis:
Only a handful of NFL experts are picking the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, but everyone of those NFL experts are on the Arizona Cardinals bandwagon. Their 6 to 1 record is for real. The only team that Arizona has lost to this season is the Denver Broncos and Denver is easily the best team in the NFL right now.
Need more convincing? Arizona beat San Diego 18 to 17 and thumped the Giants 25 to 14 before handling San Francisco 23 to 14. Arizona also just beat the Philadelphia Eagles last week, meaning that the Cardinals have beaten 4 of the toughest teams in the NFL this season.
Arizona has a really good defense but success for Arizona starts on the offensive side of the ball. The Cardinals average only 329 yards and only 23 points per game. Those averages should start rising because quarterback Carson Palmer is fit and throwing footballs to Larry Fitzgerald again. Palmer’s QB ratings in the Cardinals last 3 games have been 93.9, 103.3 and 90.3. Larry Fitzgerald had a break out game against the Eagles. The great wide receiver caught 7 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in that game.
The Cardinals back up their offense with a very good, if not shut down, defense. Even though Arizona is ranked dead last in the NFL in yards allowed via the pass, 302.9 yards, it is ranked third against the run. Teams only rush for 77.9 yards against the Cardinals. Opponents don’t score a lot of points against Arizona, either. The Cardinals hold opponents to 19.9 points per game.
Something is definitely going to give in the game this Sunday. The Cardinals are one of the best teams against the rush while Dallas is the absolute best team in the NFL when it comes to rushing the ball. The Cowboys rush for 160.9 yards per game on average. DeMarco Murray has rushed for 100 yards or more in every single game this season. He has rushed for 1054 yards and we’re only in Week 9.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 30, 2014
Will the Cardinals stop Murray? That’s probably asking too much out of the Arizona defense, but Arizona’s defense keeps teams out of the end zone. If Arizona pushes Dallas into kicking field goals while Palmer finds Fitzgerald and his other receivers for touchdowns, Dallas could be in trouble in this game.
There are two things to keep in mind before making a wager. First, Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo is questionable at best. Second, the Arizona Cardinals are 0 and 5 against the spread in the last 5 meetings between these two in Dallas.
Romo’s health is more of a concern than the Arizona trend. Even if Romo plays, he may not be 100% effective. Arizona will look to slow Murray down while they score against an overly aggressive Dallas defense. The Cardinals are the pick.