The Arizona Cardinals roll into Week 6 of the NFL season with an explosive, top-ranked offense. They have the look of a contender, but a trip to the Dawg Pound and a hungry Browns squad lay ahead.
How will the Cardinals’ top offensive weapons fare in a hostile environment? We’ve compiled the best player prop bets for your NFL betting slate.
1. Kyler Murray Passing Yards: Over
Kyler Murray’s play this season shows the maturity of a top-flight athlete. Through Week 5, Murray averages 302.40 passing yards per game.
He’s facing a much improved Cleveland Browns passing defense that’s played well so far this season statistically. The Browns, however, have only played one elite and one star quarterback so far.
In a Week 1 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns on the Browns defense. In Week 5, Justin Herbert destroyed the Browns’ secondary, throwing for 398 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 15.3 yards per completion while also running for 29 yards and a score.
While Murray isn’t Mahomes, I believe he’ll have a big day against a Browns passing D that has failed both tests this season against top-level quarterbacks.
2. DeAndre Hopkins Receiving Yards: Over
Last year, DeAndre Hopkins was the Cardinals’ primary passing target. He caught 115 passes for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.
This year is a different story, and that’s not a bad thing. The Cardinals restocked their offensive skill positions by signing WR A.J. Green and drafting Purdue stand-out Rondale Moore.
While Hopkins hasn’t seen the ball thrown his way as much as last year, he’s due for a breakout game. Against the 49ers, he had nine targets, catching the ball six times for 87 yards. Look for Murray to find Hopkins when he needs a big play in this Cardinals vs. Browns matchup.
3. James Conner to Score a TD
James Conner’s inspirational Pittsburgh story came to an end during the 2021 offseason.
The University of Pittsburgh star RB and cancer survivor played his first four seasons for the Steelers. Unfortunately, recurring injuries ended his time in the Burgh.
While Conner isn’t the Cardinals feature RB, he’s known for his downhill running style. Arizona’s offense exploits his powerful running style in the red zone, and he’s had five touchdowns in the past three weeks.
I expect the Cardinals to repeat this formula and turn to Conner when they need tough yards near the goal line.
4. Chase Edmonds Rushing Yards: Under
Chase Edmonds and the Arizona run game reached the next level in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams. Edmonds ran for 120 yards and averaged 10 yards per carry. Unfortunately, he followed up that performance with 15 yards against the 49ers. This is in part due to a shoulder injury that almost sidelined him.
The 2021 Rams are a different vintage. Despite Aaron Donald’s dominance, the Rams defense hasn’t lived up to last season. Through the first four weeks, they’ve allowed 117.2 rushing yards per game.
The Browns running defense is tough. Through Week 4, they’ve allowed only 66.5 rushing yards per game. I believe that Edmonds won’t have room to run against Cleveland.
5. A.J. Green Longest Reception: Over
Most experts wrote off A.J. Green after a miserable 2020 season where he caught only 47 passes.
By all accounts, he was healthy after missing the entire 2019 season. Most thought he’d lost a step. Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury wasn’t one of those people.
So far, the signing has paid off. A.J. Green’s caught passes for 29, 36, and 41 yards in consecutive weeks. While he only had one reception against the 49ers, I don’t expect that trend to continue. Look for Murray to target him over the top of the Cleveland secondary.
The Arizona Cardinals Offensive Machine
The Arizona Cardinals’ offensive performance continues to turn heads during the 2021 NFL season.
With Kyler Murray under center and a stacked skill position depth chart, they should produce huge numbers against even the best NFL defenses.
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