Pick 1: Arizona vs. St. Louis and Indianapolis vs. Houston

Pick 1: Arizona vs. St. Louis and Indianapolis vs. Houston

The Teaser: Pair Arizona and Indianapolis

Game 1: Arizona vs. St. Louis

The Initial Line:

Arizona +4.5 away vs. St. Louis

The Take:

Add 7 points to Arizona’s line

The Final Line:

Arizona +11.5

The Breakdown:

Arizona ended their 2 game losing streak Sunday, defeating Kansas City 17-14. They moved to 7-0 at home despite an early 14-6 lead by KC. Drew Stanton had an adequate game, with a 50% comp. percentage for 239 yds and a TD. Kerwynn Williams made his NFL debut and took full advantage in place of Andre Ellington, rushing 19 times for 100 yds. St. Louis had an impressive victory on the road, taking down Washington 24-0. The defense forced 2 turnovers and held Washington to 206 total yards in their 2nd straight shutout for the first time since 1945. Shaun Hill had a strong game, throwing for 213 yds and 2 TDs.

Arizona and St. Louis will battle on Thursday Night Football in this NFC West showdown. Arizona is still in a 4-way tie for the best record in the NFL with a 10-3 record. St. Louis has been hot as of lately, winning their last 2 by a margin of 74-0. Both defenses have been successful all year, as they are tied for 7th in the league with 23 turnovers each. Arizona only has a 3-3 record on the road, but St. Louis hasn’t exactly been dominant at home with a 3-3 record of their own. Expect a tight game here which should be low scoring given the strengths of their defenses and average offenses with Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton. Either team could take it in the end, but we should be safe with +11.5 on Arizona.

Game 2: Indianapolis vs. Houston

The Initial Line:

Indianapolis -7 home vs. Houston

The Take:

Add 7 points to Indianapolis’ line

The Final Line:

Indianapolis even

The Breakdown:

Indianapolis pulled out a nail-biter in Cleveland, winning on the road 25-24. Andrew Luck had a lot of trouble the whole game, but he came through in the clutch as he rallied his team to a 90 yd TD drive with 0:32 seconds left. Overall he was only 24-53 for 293 yds with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Brian Hoyer wasn’t doing a lot to secure his job on the other side, as he was only 13-30 for 136 yds and 2 INTs. Houston was able to pull out the road win despite losing at halftime, as they took down Jacksonville 24-13. After trailing 13-10 at halftime, the defense stepped up big in the 2nd half to hold Jacksonville scoreless. Arian Foster also had his way on the ground, rushing 24 times for 127 yds.

This is one of may divisional battles this weekend, as Indy looks to hold their lead in the AFC North while Houston needs a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. It will be tough to stop Andrew Luck, who leads the NFL in pass yds and TD passes. However Houston’s defense is very successful at forcing turnovers behind JJ Watt, as they are still 1st in the NFL with 29 takeaways. TY Hilton has also been tough to stop all year, so the Houston D will have their hands full. Expect a tighter game here, but Indy has won 8 of their last 10 at home so expect that winning trend to continue.

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