Sunday afternoon will see the Arizona Cardinals (5-0), the last undefeated team in the NFL, take on the Cleveland Browns (3-2). The Browns will host this one at FirstEnergy Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 4:05 pm ET.
After a 17-10 win last week over the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona was able to maintain their undefeated record. In the win, Kyler Murray threw for 239 yards and a touchdown, while DeAndre Hopkins hauled in six receptions for 87 yards and a score.
The Browns are coming off of a disappointing 47-42 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers last week. Baker Mayfield led the way with 305 yards passing and two scores. Nick Chubb added 161 yards on the ground with another score.
The Browns are the favorites playing at home. They are -156 to win while the Cardinals’ moneyline sits at +132. The spread features Arizona +3 (-114), and the over/under for total points is 49 (-110).
The Cardinals are the favorites in a loaded NFC West. They are +100 to win the division.
The Browns currently have the second-best odds of winning the AFC North at +140.
In terms of winning the Super Bowl, the Cardinals are tied for the seventh-best odds at +1300. The Browns are right behind them as they are +1400 to win Super Bowl LVI.
By The Numbers
Arizona has had a lot of success early on. They are 5-0 this season straight up and are 4-1 against the spread in that stretch. Against Cleveland, they are 4-2 against the spread in their last six matchups.
When playing at home, the Browns are 5-1 in their last six games. They are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games against NFC teams.
Cardinals Look To Keep Rolling
At 5-0, the Cardinals now have the best record in the NFL. With wins over the Rams, 49ers, and Titans, it isn’t exactly like they have been playing bad competition.
Leading Arizona is quarterback Kyler Murray. This season, he has thrown for 1,512 yards, ten touchdowns, and four interceptions. Murray has also rushed for 110 yards and another three scores.
On the ground, the Cardinals have split time between Chase Edmonds (270 yards) and James Conner (201 yards). Despite having more yardage, Conner is the one who has enjoyed the touchdowns this season, as he already has five.
Through the air, Murray’s favorite target is DeAndre Hopkins. Thus far, he has 34 receptions for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Murray has spread the wealth, though, as three other receivers have 260 or more yards.
Defensively, the Cardinals rank sixth in scoring defense, allowing just 19 points per game (17.3 on the road).
Browns Look To Rebound From Tough Loss
Despite being up 27-21 after the third quarter last week, the Browns saw their lead slip away to a solid Chargers team. Unfortunately, their defense allowed Justin Herbert to throw for 398 yards and four scores, something they will have to correct as they welcome Kyler Murray to town.
On the year, the Browns rank 11th in scoring defense, allowing 22.8 points per game (13.5 at home). They also rank 11th in passing defense, allowing opposing quarterbacks to throw for an average of 223.2 yards per game.
Baker Mayfield leads the offense under center. Mayfield has thrown for 1,240 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions.
His leading receiver to this point has been tight end David Njoku. He has 14 receptions for 260 yards and a touchdown.
The biggest threat for Cleveland is the ground game. Both Nick Chubb (523 yards, four touchdowns) and Kareem Hunt (295 yards, five touchdowns) have been solid.
Take Cardinals And The Points
There is a reason that the Cardinals are the only remaining undefeated team. Their offense is dynamic, and their defense has been getting the job done.
While the Browns have been a bit inconsistent, they still are capable of putting together a big game. That is part of the reason that they are the favorites playing at home.
While Cleveland should not be taken lightly, it is hard to bet against the Cardinals right now.
Taking the Cardinals at +3 seems like a smart play, but don’t be afraid to take Arizona straight up either.