We are now at the stage of the season where it has become very clear what every team needs to do to be part of the playoffs. It’s never good to be sitting below the playoff line at this point, but things are so tight in both conferences that there are only really a handful of teams who can be considered a lost cause. For the rest, a strong finish to the season is what is required, as those spots are going to start filling up rather quickly over the next few weeks. With this matchup, we have a pair of teams currently sitting on the wrong side of the playoff line, with one of them in a bit of a better position. A win here could put the Chargers back above that line, while the Cardinals have a lot of work to do to get back into the postseason conversation. The Chargers are favored by 3 on the road, with the point total set at 48 ½. Let’s take a closer look at this game and give you the best bets for this matchup along with a NFL Betting prediction.
NFL Week 12 Betting Preview for Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona
LA Chargers versus Arizona Cardinals Match Info
- When: Sunday, Nov 27 at 4:05 PM EST
- Where: State farm Stadium, Glendale
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the LA Chargers
Given how good Justin Herbert looked last season, the Chargers very quickly became a bit of a sexy pick ahead of this season. They have not really delivered the goods just yet and have been having a difficult time stringing together a good run of form, sitting at 5-5 ahead of this one. That record has the Chargers sitting in the #9 spot in the conference, albeit just a game back of the teams they need to catch. If there is a positive to take ahead of this game for the Chargers, it’s that they have had a good deal of success versus the Cardinals, winning 4 of the last 5 meetings. They have also covered the spread in 4 of those last 5 meetings and are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games away from home. The OVER has hit in 11 of the last 16 games for the Chargers, as well as in 7 of their last 9 versus the NFC West.
Why bet on the Arizona Cardinals
The question on everyone’s lips right now is whether Kyler Murray will be back under center for the Cardinals after sitting out with a hamstring injury. All signs seem to point to him returning, as his status for the weekend has been upgraded to probable. The harsh reality is that the Cardinals need him back in the fold, as they are drifting further away from the playoff line with just 4 wins on the season to this point. While home field advantage very often plays a role in the NFL, that has not been the case for the Cardinals, who have just 1 win in their last 11 home games. Their ATS record is not great, but they have covered in 5 of their last 7 nob-conference games. Arizona has seen the OVER hit in 5 of their last 6 games played in the month of November.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Even if Murray is ready to go for the Cardinals this weekend, there has to be some concerns about how quickly he can get back up to speed. I think that in and of itself swings things in the direction of the Chargers. The wager I really like here, though, is the OVER.
NFL Betting Pick: LA Chargers 28 Arizona Cardinals 24