Friday December 18th, 2015

The NFL will wrap up Week 15 Sunday action with a potential playoff preview, and a game that technically includes two division leaders. The 11-2 NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals travel to face the 6-7 Philadelphia Eagles, who are somehow tied for first place in the NFC East standings.

The Cardinals are a 3.5-point betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The moneyline has the Cardinals between -170 and -180, and the Eagles between +150 and +160.

This marks the fourth straight year and the fifth time in six years these teams have faced each other. The Cardinals are 3-1 straight up and 3-0-1 against the spread in the previous four matchups according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Cardinals enter the game 7-6 ATS this season. They have won seven straight games overall, but are 3-4 ATS in that span. They have won by an average of 9.2 points during that span, but have been at least a touchdown favorite in four of the games. They are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, and 4-2 ATS this season as a road favorite.

The Cardinals will be without running back Andre Ellington once again due to turf toe. They also could be without safety Rashad Johnson, who has missed practice this week. Defensive tackle Frostee Rucker is listed with an ankle injury, but also missed a day of practice on Thursday with an illness.

The Eagles enter the game 6-7 ATS this season. They have won two straight games for the first time since Week 7. Although the Eagles are 6-7 on the season, they are 5-1 SU and ATS in the last six games Sam Bradford has started and finished. The Eagles are expected to be near full health, particularly with wide receiver Jordan Matthews at practice.

The point total is set at 51 for Sunday night. The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five games between these two teams, but is 2-2-1 in the last five games between them in Philadelphia. The total has split evenly over the Cardinals' last six overall and road games. The total has gone OVER in four of the Eagles' last six overall and home games.

The OddsShark Computer predicts a 27.1-23.9 Cardinals road victory. That would provide for the Eagles cover, and a push on the point total.

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