Rovell: Take This Under for Patriots vs. Cardinals on Monday Night Football
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There’s not too much to be excited about for tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup between the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals.
What would make this doldrum of a game more exciting? Betting on it.
A moneyline bet seems like too much of a crapshoot. The Cardinals have lost four of their last five and are in a complete tailspin. Arizona also ranks as the third-worst team in the NFL, according to DVOA.
Meanwhile, the Patriots will be down their leading wide receiver in Jakobi Meyers and their RB2 Damien Harris. While defensively, this team is a force, their offense leaves a ton to be desired and will likely hold New England back from the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
With nothing on the line for the Cardinals and the Patriots hamstrung by injuries, we’re going to be targeting the total here.
The Cardinals are 6-4-2 to the over this season, but they are notorious for their slow starts. They are ranked 31st in the league in first quarter points (2.4) and they have scored seven or fewer points in the first half in five of their games. The Patriots are only slightly better, averaging 10.8 points per half to the Cardinals 10.4.
So if it’s an average night for both of them, that’s 21.2 points scored in the first half.
But the Patriots have fewer weapons here, so I really like that BetMGM is giving you the hook of 21.5 (-110).