Cardinals vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 5 Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Oct 01, 2019

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Perhaps the biggest obstacle standing in the way of Arizona picking up a win is a trip across the country for a game in the Eastern Time Zone. The Cards are in Cincinnati on Sunday.

Arizona
5-10
AT
October 06, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati
2-14
Pointspread +3 -120
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +47.5

65%

Betting Action

35%

Pointspread -3 +100
Moneyline -162
Over / Under u +47.5

65%

Betting Action

35%

The Cincinnati Bengals have hit rock bottom. After getting embarrassed on Monday Night Football 27-3 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, they’ll have a chance to rebound against the Arizona Cardinals. The good news for the Bengals is that the Cardinals are also winless. At least one of these teams will get on the board this weekend.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Perhaps the biggest obstacle standing in the way of Arizona picking up a win is a trip across the country for a game in the Eastern Time Zone. The Cardinals are 1-9 straight up and against the spread in their last 10 games in the Eastern Time Zone. Arizona’s nine losses over that span came by an average of 13.7 points per game. The Cardinals minus-41 point differential is third worst behind only the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins this season.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati lost its home opener 41-17 to the San Francisco 49ers. Overall, the Bengals have been pretty good at Paul Brown Stadium in October over the past six years. Cincinnati is 10-1-1 straight up in its last 12 home games. The Bengals went 7-4-1 against the spread in those games.

Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald spoke out following Arizona’s 27-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, calling it “depressing” after dropping back-to-back home games. Now the Cardinals head to Ohio hoping that they can shift their luck away from home. For his part, Murray has been pretty good. He’s thrown for 1,071 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions. He’s also run for 113 yards and an additional score. However, Arizona has struggled to run the football. The Cardinals have also struggled to stop anybody defensively. The added pressure of literally having to put the team on his back can’t help Murray. However, with the desperation building and a clear desperation to get that first victory, this could be Arizona’s best chance to get in the win column.

Cincinnati Bengals

Absolutely nothing went right for the Bengals in their loss to Pittsburgh. Dalton was sacked eight times in the game and he was held to 171 passing yards with one interception. Meanwhile, running back Joe Mixon hasn’t been able to get much going behind an inept offensive line. Outside of a 15-yard run, Mixon was held to 47 yards on 15 carries. Cincinnati also didn’t do anything to slow down Mason Rudolph, who threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns while completing 24-of-28 pass attempts. If Rudolph can have that kind of success against the Bengals, then Murray should be able to deliver a strong performance.

The good news here is that Arizona has looked lost on offense. Their new pass-first scheme isn’t working right now and the team can’t run the ball consistently. It’s hard to trust a rookie on the road knowing that their rushing attack won’t help too much.

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