Green Bay Packers (6-1) at Arizona Cardinals (7-0)
The Packers capitulation in Week 1 is a distant memory after they’ve rattled off 6 straight victories. However, their offence has been seriously weakened for this matchup as Davante Adams/Allen Lazard are out. So this means Aaron Rodgers will need to lean on Aaron Jones, Randall Cobb and Tonyan in the passing game. The other area of concern is their run defence against a strong Cardinals running game.
As the last remaining undefeated team, the Cardinals are simply a well coached football team. Their offence behind Kyler Murray is scored 32.1 points per game and they can run or pass the ball effectively. The only injury issue is a questionable status for DeAndre Hopkins. While on defence, they’ve conceded the fewest points in the NFL and have allowed just 201 passing yards per game. Which will be a key factor as they go up against Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay won’t be at full strength for this matchup as their receiving cores have been crippled, which is a shame. As a result, the Cardinals look a strong play on home turf, especially against the Packers run defence. So we like the value on offer for Chase Edmonds to beat 45 rushing yards. He’s beaten this line in 3 of his last 4 games and should get 10+ carries against this defence.
Arizona are 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Green Bay holds a 1-4 record at this venue.
Head to Head Record
The two sides last met in 2018 and the Cardinals won 20-17. Since 2000, the head to head is square at 5-5.
Backed by one of the best offences in the NFL, the Cowboys shouldn’t have much trouble winning the weak NFC East and they’ll be aiming for an important NFC victory over the Vikings here. Overall, the Cowboys are scoring 34.2 points per game and also rank in the top 5 for rushing/passing yardage. Which makes it tough for opposing defences to shutdown this offence. While on defence, Dallas is strong against the run and that will help against Dalvin Cook. However, they’re ranked 28th in the NFL in passing yardage allowed. Which could become an issue against Kirk Cousins if this turns into a shootout.
The Vikings return from the bye and have won back to back close games to keep their wildcard playoff hopes alive. Key RB Dalvin Cook has struggled with injury in the early stages of the season but the bye would’ve helped him recover. Although, he’ll have a tough matchup against Dallas. As mentioned, the Cowboys have given up plenty of passing yards so look for Cousins to attack this area.
When the Vikings and Cowboys meet, it’s usually a close game and we’re prediciting a similar type of matchup in Week 8. Both teams have strong passing games along with a running game. So that leads us towards the Over. In the Cowboys last 6 games, the Over is 5-1. Meanwhile, the Vikings are 6-3 against the Over as well. Last season’s meeting also totalled 59 points and Dak Prescott was missing from the game with injury.
The Vikings have won 4 of their last 6 home games. Dallas holds a 2-5 record on the road against the Vikings.
Head to Head Record
The Cowboys won last season’s meeting 31-28. In the last 5 meetings, the average winning margin is just 3.4 points.
After conceding 38 and 44 pts, the Giants defence suddenly came alive in their surprising 25-3 win over the Panthers. This Giants team arguably has the worst injury list in the NFL so it’s key to monitor the status of their starters before betting on this game.
Call it a Super Bowl defeat hangover but you won’t see a Chiefs offence with Patrick Mahomes score just 3 points in a game too often. But that’s what happened in Week 7 as the Titans ran over the struggling Chiefs 27-3. However, this seems like a perfect bounce back opportunity at Arrowhead Stadium against an injury riddled Giants team.
This should be a good bounce back spot for the Chiefs after an absolute shocker last week. They’ve comeback from big losses this season the very next week and with the Giants suffering an injury crisis, Kansas City should be too strong on home turf.
The Chiefs are 16-4 in their last 20 home games. New York holds a 2-1 record at this venue since 2001.
Head to Head Record
The two teams last met in 2017 and the Giants won a low scoring affair 12-9. In the last 7 meetings, the Giants are 5-2.
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