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NFL Betting: Miami Dolphins vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals will continue their quest to make the NFL betting playoffs for the first time this decade when they play host to the Dolphins this Sunday at 4:15 ET.

The Cardinals are riding high after their season opening 23-13 win over the 49ers that more than covered the football betting line and put them atop of the NFC West standings. The Dolphins will be travelling cross country to try and bounce back from a 20-14 home loss to the resurgent New York Jets.

New Dolphins QB Chad Pennington was solid in the team’s losing effort, going 26-of-43 for 251 yards with two touchdowns against one interception. The problem for the Dolphins’ offense was their running game which only produced 49 yards off of 17 carries.

Newly acquired TE Anthony Fasano, who spent time in Dallas with both GM Bill Parcells and HC Tony Sparano, led the team receiving wise with eight catches for 84 yards and one touchdown.

Last week’s home loss continues a streak where the Dolphins have only won one game in their last eight at home and have gone a disappointing 2-6-1 ATS for NFL gamblers against the closing NFL lines since the 2007 season.

Last Sunday, the Cardinals’ defense stepped up in a big way by forcing five fumbles, recording four sacks, and getting one interception out of the 49ers offense en route to their road win and cover. QB Kurt Warner also showed why he was given the start over Matt Leinart by being a very efficient 19-of-30 for 197 yards and one touchdown with no turnovers for the Cards.

RB Edgerrin James was instrumental in the Arizona win by rushing for 100 yards on 26 carries. After pro football betting followers saw the Cardinals play 11 of their 16 games over the ‘total’ last season, it was surprising that they opened 2008 with a game that went under the ‘total’ per the final NFL odds.

Currently, the NFL gambling lines have the Cardinals as 6.5-point home favorites in this match-up with a ‘total’ of 39. Sports fans remember that gambling on pro football has never been easier than it is this season with Sportsbook; you’re one stop shop for all your action in 2008.

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