Football gambling handicappers saw little to be impressed with last week as both teams lost although Jacksonville did cover against the odds NFL. You can place a bet on the defending NFC champion Arizona Cardinals that are coming off a 16-20 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers in which they failed to cover the football gambling board as 5.5-point favorites with the game going under the odds NFL total of 45.5.
Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner had a shaky football gambling debut as he went 26-44 for 288 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. The Cardinals run defense was most impressive in that football gambling loss as they held the 49ers to 21 yards on 25 attempts.
The pass defense also looked improved over last year as they held the Niners to 209 yards in the air and had 4 sacks. Arizona’s ground attack continues to be a football gambling liability as they had only 40 yards on 17 carries. The Jacksonville Jaguars had a 12-14 loss at Indianapolis as 6.5-point dogs against the football gambling board.
While the Jacksonville defense was impressive the offense was punchless, particularly at quarterback, as David Garrard went 14-28 for 122 yards with 0 touchdowns. Maurice Jones-Drew had a solid football gambling opener as he ran for 97 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
The Cardinals are 7-20 against the spread in football gambling matchups on the road versus home teams with losing records. Jacksonville has gotten the cash in 16 of their last 22 when coming off a game in which they scored less than 15 points.
Arizona has gone over the total in 39 of their last 52 games as road underdogs while the Jaguars have gone over the total in 9 out of their last 13 when coming off a point spread cover in their previous game.
An Arizona loss would bring back a lot of the negative karma that surrounded the team for decades while Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio is hanging by a very thin thread. This is a matchup of desperate teams.