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NFL Football Betting: Resurgent Cardinals Head to Cincinnati

Cedric Benson of the Cincinnati Bengals (Flickr Creative Commons)

 
The Cincinnati Bengals only have two wins over their past six games, but they still have a chance to grab an AFC Wild Card berth as they head into a Saturday NFL betting matchup at Bovada's online sportsbook this week at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
 
Check out Bovada's NFL odds board today.
 
The Bengals are tied with the Jets at 8-6 straight up on the season, but New York would win that tiebreaker for the conference's second Wild Card berth based on their higher winning percentage in common games.
 
That means Cincinnati needs wins and help over the next two weeks if they're going to get into the playoffs.
 
In Week 15 the Bengals pulled out a 20-13 win on the road over the Rams despite a sub-par performance from rookie quarterback Andy Dalton – 15 of 26 for 179 passing yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
 
Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott both rushed for touchdowns for the Bengals in that win, with Mike Nugent booting a pair of field goals on the day. The Bengals' defense held the Rams without a touchdown until the last minute of the fourth quarter.
 
The Cardinals won their fourth straight game over the weekend, getting back to the .500 mark at 7-7 with a 20-17 home overtime victory against Cleveland. Arizona, though, is way back in 10th in the pecking order for a playoff spot in the NFC.
 
John Skelton started in place of inactive Kevin Kolb at quarterback for Arizona against the Browns, going 28 of 46 for 313 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Beanie Wells rushed for 51 yards and a score on 15 carries on the day.
 
The Cardinals are 8-6 against the spread on the season, while the Bengals are 7-5-2 ATS through 14 games. These teams last met back in 2007, with the Cardinals winning 35-27 on the road as a 3-point underdog in an OVER result.
 
Get the opening NFL betting line at Bovada's online sportsbook.
Be there for every victory.

 
 

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