Bengals vs Cardinals Prediction - NFL Picks 10/8/23
Arizona Cardinals (1-3) vs Cincinnati Bengals (1-3)
Game Info: Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 4:05 pm (State Farm Stadium)
Betting Odds: Arizona Cardinals +3 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Cincinnati Bengals will play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Cincinnati has lost three of their last four games, while Arizona has also dropped three of four, but will be at home for this matchup.
The Cincinnati Bengals are 1-3 this season after they lost to Tennessee by a score of 27-3 in their last game. Cincinnati took a 3-0 lead early in the game, but they were out scored by a total of 27-0 the rest of the way. The Bengals were out gained by a total of 400-211 and turned the ball over once in the loss. Cincinnati lost their first two games against the Browns and the Ravens, but they did get their first win in Week 3 against the Rams. The Cincinnati offense is scoring 12.3 points per game with 166 passing yards per game and 70 rushing yards per game this year. Joe Burrow has thrown for 728 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions for the Bengals this season. Joe Mixon has rushed for 247 yards and one touchdown, while Ja’Marr Chase has caught 29 passes for 284 yards. The Cincinnati defense is allowing 23.5 points against per game this year.
The Arizona Cardinals are 1-3 this season after they lost to San Francisco by a score of 35-16 last week. Arizona trailed 21-10 at the half, but they did cut the lead to 21-16 in the third quarter. The Cardinals were out gained by a total of 395-362 and went 8-15 on third down conversions in the game. Arizona also lost their first two games of the season to the Commanders and the Giants, but they defeated Dallas in Week 3. The Arizona offense is averaging 22 points per game with 194.3 passing yards per game and 143.5 rushing yards per game. Joshua Dobbs has thrown for 814 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 141 rushing yards and one touchdown. James Conner has rushed for 318 yards and two touchdowns, while Marquise Brown has caught 21 passes for 239 yards and two scores. The Arizona defense is giving up 25.5 points against per game this season.
Arizona Cardinals Team Facts
- The Cardinals have lost each of their last four Sunday games against teams that held a losing record.
- The Cardinals have covered the spread in eight of their last nine home games in October.
- The home team has won the first quarter in each of the Cardinals' last five games.
- The Cardinals have scored the first touchdown in each of their last five Sunday home games.
- The Cardinals have won the first half in each of their last five October games against AFC North opponents.
Cincinnati Bengals Team Facts
- The Bengals have lost three of their last four October games as road favorites.
- The Bengals have failed to cover the spread in each of their last five games.
- The Bengals have lost the first quarter in each of their last two games as favorites against NFC opponents.
- The Bengals have lost the first half in each of their last four Week 5 games against NFC opponents.
- Each of the Bengals' last six Sunday games played on the West Coast have gone UNDER the total points line.
Arizona Cardinals Player Prop Facts
- James Conner has scored the first touchdown in each of the Cardinals' last three Sunday games at State Farm Stadium.
- James Conner has scored a touchdown in 12 of his last 13 regular season home appearances against AFC opponents.
- Zach Ertz has recorded 39+ receiving yards in each of his six previous Week 5 home appearances.
- James Conner has recorded 62+ rushing yards in each of his last nine appearances with the Cardinals as underdogs following a loss.
- Joshua Dobbs has recorded 21+ completions in three of the Cardinals' last four games as underdogs.
- Michael Wilson recorded a career-high 2 receiving touchdowns in his previous game (including playoffs)
Cincinnati Bengals Player Prop Facts
- Joe Burrow has recorded 25+ completions in five of the Bengals' last six regular season games as favorites.
- Joe Burrow has recorded 259+ passing yards in each of the Bengals' last three games against NFC West opponents.
- Joe Mixon has recorded 72+ rushing yards in each of the Bengals' last three Sunday games played on the West Coast.
- Ja'Marr Chase has recorded 130+ receiving yards in three of his last four appearances with the Bengals as favorites against NFC opponents.
- Joe Burrow has thrown three touchdowns in each of the Bengals' last three October games as favorites against NFC opponents.
- Joe Mixon has scored at least one touchdown in six of the Bengals' last seven October games against NFC opponents.
- Charlie Jones ranks 1st in the AFC for punt return yards (150) this season
- The Cardinals rank 31st in the NFL in H2 points per game this season (6.0)
- The Cardinals rank T2nd in the NFL in Q2 win percentage this season (75.0)
- The Bengals rank 31st in the NFL in points per game this season (12.3)
- The Bengals rank 31st in the NFL in rushing yards per game this season (70.0)
Both of these teams come into this game with a 1-3 record, but I am shocked that the Bengals have played this poorly to start the season. I knew they would start a little slow while they were dealing with Burrow’s injury, but it has been much worse than I would have thought. On the other hand, Arizona did stun the Cowboys in Week 3 and blew a huge lead against the Giants in Week 2. Arizona has played pretty well so far this season, especially when you think about having to use a backup quarterback. Even though the Bengals have been a huge disappointment so far this year, I am still backing them to beat the Cardinals here. Cincinnati has too many playmakers for the offense to remain this bad.