Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction, 8/12/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 1
Game: Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Friday, August 12, 2022
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
TV: NFL League Pass
Odds/Point Spread: Bengals (-2.5)
Paul Brown Stadium is the site where the Cincinnati Bengals (13-7 last season) will attempt to defeat the Arizona Cardinals (11-6 last year) on Friday. Cincinnati opens as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under comes in at 33.5.
The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their year holding a 11-6 mark. In their last game of last season, the Cardinals took on the Rams and took a loss by a score of 34-11. Kyler Murray went 19/34 with 137 yds passing. He had a quarterback rating of 40.9 and ended the game with 2 picks. Christian Kirk had an average of 8.5 yds per catch by totaling 51 yds on 6 receptions. Chase Edmonds was the best rusher for the Cardinals with 8 totes for 28 yds (3.5 yds per carry). For the game, they tallied 54 plays which gave them 183 yds. The Arizona Cardinals ended up running the ball 18 times and accounted for 61 yards, which came out to an average of 3.4 yards per carry. Against the run, the Cardinals conceded 140 yds on 38 tries, which is an average of 3.7 yds per run allowed. Arizona gave up 14 pass completions on 18 attempts for a total of 235 yards, and a completion rate of 77.8%.
The Cardinals had 6,352 total yards over the course of last year. Arizona amassed 214 1st downs, and they committed 114 penalties for 990 yards. Arizona totaled 27 touchdowns through the air and 23 rushing touchdowns. They surrendered the ball 15 different times (11 interceptions and 4 fumbles lost). As a unit they had an average of 122.1 yds on the ground, which was 10th in the league. When talking about scoring points, the Arizona Cardinals held an average of 26.4 points per outing.
The Cardinals were ranked 11th in the NFL regarding team defense, allowing 21.5 PPG. They gave up 4.6 yards per rush and 114.8 rushing yards per contest last season. Overall, they conceded 1,952 rushing yards through 17 games. Regarding passing yardage, the Cardinals conceded 3,645 yards which put them in 7th in the NFL. Over the course of their 17 games played last year, they yielded 214.4 yards per outing through the air as well as surrendering a completion percentage of 65.4%. They granted 329.2 yards/game which ranked them 11th in the league. They relinquished 30 touchdowns via the pass and 10 rushing touchdowns.
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The Bengals finished the season holding a 13-7 record. When they last stepped on the field last year, the Bengals took a defeat with a final score of 23-20 against the Rams. Joe Mixon carried the ball 15 times for 72 yards, ending the contest with 4.8 yds per carry for Cincinnati. Tyler Boyd was featured in the passing game for the Bengals, bringing in 5 footballs for 48 yds (9.6 yds per reception). Joe Burrow (1 TD) finished the contest with 263 yds on 22/33 passing while his QB rating was 100.9. He didn't throw any picks and his average yds per pass attempt was 7.97 yards. Cincinnati allowed 24 attempts on the ground for 139 yards (5.8 yds per carry). The Bengals passing defense conceded a completion rate of 66.7%, surrendering 236 yards on 26 out of 39 passing. The Bengals finished with a total of 305 yds and they ran 61 plays (5.0 yds per play). Cincinnati rushed for 4.0 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 79 yds on 20 carries.
In relation to their scoring prowess, the Bengals were ranked 7th in football holding an average of 27.1 points per outing. Over the course of last season, the Bengals racked up 4,403 yards through the air in addition to an average of 259.0 throwing yards per game, which had them ranked 7th in the NFL. They held an average of 102.5 yards per game on the ground and ran for 1,742 yards overall. The Cincinnati Bengals maintained an average of 361.5 yards/outing which had them ranked 13th out of all teams in the NFL. The Cincinnati offense had 620 yards of penalties on 72 infractions, which had them ranked 31st in the league in terms of helping out the other team. They threw 14 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 7 fumbles and they tallied 208 1st downs.
The Bengals gave up 22.1 PPG, which put them in 17th in the NFL. Cincinnati allowed a total of 1,742 rushing yards (102.5 yards per outing) and 15 touchdowns via the rush last season. They allowed the opposition 26 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 248.4 yards/game, which had them in 26th in the league. The Bengals defense took part in 1,075 plays, which was good for 17th in the league. In total, they relinquished 376 points in total. They compiled 21 takeaways (8 fumbles recovered and 13 interceptions) during the previous year.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Bengals NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals +2.5
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