The Arizona Cardinals (4-10) play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) at State Farm Stadium on 25th December in Week 16 of the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals are in fourth place in NFC West after collecting four wins from 14 games so far in the regular season, while six wins in 14 matches leaves Tampa Bay Buccaneers first in the NFC South. A run of four straight defeats has recently hit a sorry-looking Arizona Cardinals to leave their campaign hanging in the balance. Can they get back on track at the State Farm Stadium, or will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inflict more misery their way? Let’s check it out in this preview.
Arizona Cardinals VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting lines
Arizona Cardinals VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting expert picks
Arizona Cardinals VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Moneyline
The Arizona Cardinals don’t seem to do well against NFC South opposition. In fact, the hosts have gone 5-7 in their past 12 matchups against NFC South teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the other hand, have collected seven wins in ten games with NFC West teams, and at odds of -185, are deemed to have a 65% chance of victory at the State Farm Stadium.
Arizona Cardinals VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Spread
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open up as the 4-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals, according to the oddsmakers. This implies a tight battle is likely, with a road win possible but not by much. In the last seven matchups in this series, the average points margin between these two sides was 8.4 points.
In their last 12 games against NFC South opponents, the Arizona Cardinals went 5-7 ATS. Their offense managed 20.9 points per game in that stretch, while the defense gave up 23.9 points on average. In their previous ten games, the Arizona Cardinals went 4-6 ATS overall and 3-6 ATS in the last nine games at home.
Backing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the other hand, seems to be a no-go at the moment. The visitors are running high and dry in this betting line after failing to cover the spread in their last four matches. Going against the spread doesn’t usually pay out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The visitors haven’t covered the spread in four of their past 5 matches on the road, and are 1-8-1 ATS in the last 10 overall.
Arizona Cardinals VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Total
There was an average of 45.29 points scored in the previous seven clashes between the Arizona Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The State Farm Stadium was the venue in four of these seven meetings. The scoreboard averaged 52.5 points, going over the total three times. For this current matchup in Week 16, the total is set at 40.5 points.
The total has averaged 47.3 points in the Arizona Cardinals’ ten most recent games, as well as 53.0 points in their last five at home. Interestedly, the total has gone under in five of the Arizona Cardinals’ past 12 matchups against teams from the NFC South.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have seen an average of 34.8 points in their past five road games and 38.5 points in their last five contests in all. Looking back over the last five road games, the total went over one time. Overall, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 3-7 in the over/under market from their previous ten outings.
Arizona Cardinals VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting trends
- In seven of Arizona Cardinals’ last eight games at State Farm Stadium , the total went over
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to cover the spread in their last four games away.
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Arizona Cardinals Form
The home crowd will be desperate for a change in fortunes when the Arizona Cardinals take to the field again. The hosts have been on a poor run of form lately. They’ve lost their last four home matches and fell to a 24-15 defeat to the Denver Broncos last time out. The overall record for the last 10 games is 2-8.
Unfortunately, the Arizona Cardinals offense hasn’t performed to its usual standards of late. In the last five matches, the offensive unit has only put up 17.8 points on average, which is someway off this season’s tally of 20.9 points. The defense, meanwhile, has been just average. In its last five games, opponents have averaged 26.2 points points against them—right around the unit’s season average of 26.6 points points allowed per game.
Unfortunately, the Arizona Cardinals are already eliminated from playoff contention. While expectations weren’t high going into this regular season, the 4-10-0 hosts are already down and out. Locking onto a strong pick in the NFL draft order is the best they can hope for now.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Form
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t in the best of shape at the moment after slipping to a 23-34 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals last time out. To add insult to injury, they’ve lost their last four road matches. Their overall record for the last ten games is 4-6.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense has been in a slump this season; from ranking second in the league last year with 29.9 points per game, it has only put up 17.6 points in the current one. The defense, on the other hand, has seen a sharp decline from the unit that ranked fifth in the league last year, having given up 20.6 points on average.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are touted as a potential Super Bowl challenger for this season. While it’s still a tad early to get carried away, things are going according to plan so far. The visitors hold the fourth seed in the NFC Conference, leaving them set for a spot in the January playoffs. Until then, the aim will be to strengthen their position by either maintaining or improving their current seeding.
Arizona Cardinals VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers H2H history
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to avenge their 38-33 defeat against the Arizona Cardinals in October 2017 by winning the latest meeting between the two teams 30-27 at the Raymond James Stadium. The Arizona Cardinals have enjoyed the upper hand over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from their previous seven matchups. The home side bagged four wins to go 4-3 in this series and will look to continue their dominance at the State Farm Stadium.
One key problem the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have struggled to fix in this series is how their defense has often floundered against the Arizona Cardinals offense, having allowed 23.6 points on average in the last five matchups alone.