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The evening game Sunday sees the 7-2 Buffalo Bills travel to the Grand Canyon State to do battle with the Arizona Cardinals. Buffalo are top of the AFC East and a first division title since 1995 is in their sights. The Cardinals are locked in a dog fight in the water-tight NFC West where themselves and the Rams sit 1 game behind the leaders Seattle. The suffered a defeat to the hands of the Miami Dolphins in a thrilling game last week and will try to take out their frustrations on the Dolphins’ rivals out East.
Money line: Bills 13/10 Cardinals 8/13
Points Spread: Cardinals -3
Everything looks as it should there in my opinion. This is the kind of game you put low money on but swing for the fences. Chase Edmonds is 40/1 to score the 1st and last TD’s. Sure, why not?
Josh Allen has emerged as one of the premier, even if a bit erratic, fantasy QB options this year. His rocket for an arm required a lot of refinement and while old habits have crept back in at times there has still been a marked improvement. And his big frame, superb athleticism and tough attitude make him a huge threat with his feet too.
One of the reasons for that improvement is the off-season addition of Stephon Diggs. He has provided Allen with a legit no.1 receiver to ail for and his ability to make contested catches is something Buffalo lacked last year. Cole Beasley and John Brown round out a very capable receiving trio and keep an eye on Isaiah McKenzie who has been used in the run and passing game. Tight End Dawson Knox has established himself as the starter but doesn’t factor highly in the fantasy stakes.
The run game is led by Devin Singletary, a steady but unspectacular contributor. Arizona have not been too convincing defending the run and Singletary might have a decent day in terms of yards.
If you want to talk dual threat quarterbacks, look no further than Kyler Murray. Even in last weeks’ loss, K1 had himself a monster day. He has thrown a TD in every game so far this year and only failed to add a rushing TD in 1 game.
He has a dynamic array of weapons to aim at. It starts with arguably the best receiver in the NFL, De’Andre Hopkins. When a ball is thrown to Hopkins, you can almost automatically consider it caught. Christian Kirk adds a big play threat and if the Bills secondary lose focus at any point, he can burn them. Larry Fitzgerald and Andy Isabella round out the receiver group and while neither have made a huge impact on the fantasy landscape this year both have the potential to put numbers up if opportunities allow.
Kenyan Drake may be set to return at RB but a time share with Chase Edmonds could be their best way forward, which obviously hurts their fantasy values. If either one can establish the hot hand early however, the Buffalo defense has looked a bit more vulnerable than expected against the run recently.
Very, very tough game to predict. Both are outstanding teams but they also both have their share of bad days too. The Bills look like they’re back to their early season form after a bit of a rocky patch and they might need to be because the Cardinals can be a match for anyone on their day. I expect a high scoring back and forth game and it may be decided by who has the ball last. I’m going to call it for the Cardinals in a game I’m very much looking forward to
Cardinals by 2