Week 2: Cardinals vs Giants Expert Preview
Week 2 of the NFL season features a match-up between the Arizona Cardinals (1-0) and the New York Giants (0-1) at MetLife Stadium. Cappers Picks will provide free NFL picks all season.
The New York Giants get their home opener in week 2 when the Arizona Cardinals pay them a visit on Sunday. The Cardinals are poised to join the Seahawks and 49ers as another NFC West powerhouse, while the Giants continue their slow decline into anonymity in the NFC East.
Week 2 NFL Point Spreads
Arizona vs. N.Y.G
When: Sunday, Sept 14th 2014 at 1:00pm ET
Where: MetLife Stadium
NFL Week 2 Gambling Line: Cardinals –2.5
NFL Week 2 Gambling O/U Line: 42 Points
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A pair of teams that are moving in opposite directions will square off this Sunday, when the Cardinals travel to MetLife Stadium for a date with the New York Giants.
Both teams featured in Monday Night Football games last week, so days of rest is equal in this one, though the Cardinals played in a more physical and grinding affair in their 18-17 win over the Chargers.
The Giants are definitely in tough against a Cardinals team that quietly put together a 10 win season in the NFC’s toughest division a year ago and could improve on that this year.
Let’s first take a look at the home team, who haven’t proven much thus far other than the fact that preseason is never a good indicator of a team’s strength. The Giants finished preseason a perfect 5-0, and promptly followed that up with a dismal showing in their opening week 35-14 loss against the Lions.
The G-Men’s defense was shredded apart by Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson as the Giants opted to stick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Megatron in single coverage. The end result was two TDs and 164 yards receiving for Johnson, which was still less than half of the 341 yards the Giants gave up through the air.
QB Eli Manning was anemic, going 18/33 (163 yds) one TD and two picks and was sacked twice. Running back Rashad Jennings was mostly ineffective, with just 46 yards on 16 attempts (2.9 yds/carry), though it’s hard to blame him as the Giants were playing catch up almost out of the gate, forcing Manning to go to the air attack.
Their week one game was a bit of a snoozer, as the Cardinals waited until the dying embers of the game to rattle off a pair of Carson Palmer TD passes to come back from an 11 point deficit to down the Chargers by a single point.
On defense this team is scary and they were able to hold a pretty potent Chargers offense in check with just 15 first downs and 290 total yards of offense.
Moving the football looked like a bit of a struggle at times for the Cardinals who had a few drives stalled with lost fumbles.
Running back Andre Ellington showed some flashes of his potential to be a breakout performer this year, but he was also one of the culprits of a lost fumble. Wide out Michael Floyd has for the time being usurped Larry Fitzgerald as the number one target for Carson Palmer.
Floyd hauled in five catches for 119 yards, while Fitz grabbed just a single catch for 22 yards. Having Larry Fitzgerald as a number two or three receiver isn’t a problem by any means.
Week 2 NFL Cardinals vs Giants Free Pick
Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie was exposed time and again last week, and he may draw another tough one on one this week against his former team in the form of Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals shouldn’t be too troubled by the Giants offense and will be in Eli’s face all day long.
Carson Palmer should find his groove this week against a secondary that looked baffled against the pass in week one. Don’t be surprised if you see another 300+ yards in passing hung up on the Giants this week.
4* Play on Arizona -2.5 (-115)
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