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Few would have predicted the Cincinnati Bengals would have the same 1-3 record as the Arizona Cardinals, but here we are. Arizona has been good at home and has a chance to drop the Bengals to 1-4.
Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals – Game predictions
- 1 Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals – Game predictions
- 2 Cardinals vs Bengals preview – Can the Bengals find their offense?
- 3 Key match details
The Bengals are a 3-point road favorite with a total of 44.5 points. The spread opened at Bengals -7.5 before moving significantly in Arizona’s favor.
Prediction 1: Cardinals +3 @ -105 (1.95)
Despite the records, Arizona has played better on both sides of the ball than Cincinnati has so far this season. The Cardinals are serviceable on offense with no giveaways in the last 3 games, and they scored 28 points in both home games. The Cincinnati offense has yet to get to 20 points this year, and they rank dead last in yards and yards per play. They also may not have Tee Higgins (ribs) in this one, or he will be limited. Joshua Dobbs is doing a great job with his legs, James Conner is off to a career-best start, and the Cardinals can join the Ravens, Browns, and Titans as run-based teams to rough up the Bengals for another loss. But we’ll gladly take the 3-point spread in favor of Arizona at home.
Prediction 2: James Conner over 61.5 rushing yards @ -114 (1.88)
Conner has gone over 61.5 rushing yards in 3-of-4 games this season. The only time he didn’t was last week against the 49ers (52 yards), a game where the Cardinals had very few possessions because of how great the 49ers played. The Bengals are so limited on offense this year that they should not be able to build a big lead in this game. Conner is also averaging a career-high 5.1 yards per carry, and the Bengals rank 31st in rushing yards and 30th in yards per carry against. Trust Conner to have a good game and hit his over.
Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals odds
The Bengals have -172 (1.58) odds on the moneyline, implying they have a 63.2% chance to win this game. The Cardinals have +144 (2.44) odds, which is a 41.0% chance of victory.
Cardinals vs Bengals preview – Can the Bengals find their offense?
Who could have imagined that Joshua Dobbs would rank No. 8 in QBR and Joe Burrow would rank No. 29 at the start of this game? That calf injury is ruining the Cincinnati offense this year.
Arizona Cardinals form, news and injuries
If not for blowing 4th-quarter leads against the Commanders and Giants, the Cardinals could be 3-1 right now with the biggest upset win of the year (vs. Dallas) and only a loss to the undefeated 49ers. Despite their roster limitations, the Cardinals have been surprisingly competitive on both sides of the ball. Dobbs has only started 6 games in his career too, so he has room to develop further.
Arizona Cardinals injury report:
- S Budda Baker (Hamstring) – Out
- OL Will Hernandez (Back) – Questionable
- OL Pat Elflein (Hip) – Out
- RB Marlon Mack (Achilles) – Out
- DT Carlos Watkins (Bicep) – Out
- ILB Josh Woods (Ankle) – Questionable
- CB Rashad Fenton (Undisclosed) – Out
- OL Hjalte Froholdt (Neck) – Questionable
- DL Jonathan Ledbetter (Finger) – Questionable
- QB Kyler Murray (Knee) – Out
- DL L.J. Collier (Bicep) – Out
- OL Dennis Daley (Ankle) – Questionable
- ILB Krys Barnes (Finger) – Questionable
- RB Keaontay Ingram (Neck) – Questionable
- OLB Myjai Sanders (Hand) – Out
- G Hayden Howerton (Undisclosed) – Out
- CB Garrett Williams (Knee) – Questionable
- OL Jon Gaines II (Knee) – Out
- LS Matt Hembrough (Back) – Out
Cincinnati Bengals form, news and injuries
The Bengals are the first team to score fewer than 50 points and have under 1,000 yards of offense through Week 4 since the 2019 Dolphins. Things may not get much better this week if Tee Higgins cannot go with his ribs injury, but it sounds like he will try to give it a go on Sunday. Trey Hendrickson was also a surprise addition to the injury report, so the team’s best pass rusher could also be questionable to play in a must-win game for the Bengals.
Cincinnati Bengals injury report:
- WR Tee Higgins (Ribs) – Questionable
- DE Trey Hendrickson (Undisclosed) – Questionable
- CB Chidobe Awuzie (Back) – Questionable
- OT Orlando Brown Jr. (Groin) – Probable
- TE Irv Smith Jr. (Hamstring) – Probable
- LB Akeem Davis-Gaither (Knee) – Questionable
- CB Cam Taylor-Britt (Concussion) – Questionable
- OT Devin Cochran (Knee) – Out
- WR Charlie Jones (Thumb) – Out
- DT Devonnsha Maxwell (Knee) – Out
Cardinals vs Bengals head to head record
The all-time series is tied 6-6 as these teams rarely meet. Here are the results of the last 5 matchups:
- 2019: Cardinals 26, Bengals 23 in Cincinnati
- 2015: Cardinals 34, Bengals 31 in Arizona
- 2011: Bengals 23, Cardinals 16 in Cincinnati
- 2007: Cardinals 35, Bengals 27 in Cincinnati
- 2003: Cardinals 17, Bengals 14 in Arizona
Key match details
- Date & Time: Sunday, October 8, 2023, 04:05 p.m. ET
- Venue: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
- Where to watch match in UK: fuboTV, or other live stream
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