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Sunday, December 18, the New Orleans Saints (5-8) take on the Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1). The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Read on for our Saints vs. Cardinals prediction and preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, Arizona wins the match-up between the two teams 63.8 percent of the time. The spread suggests that the Cardinals are favored by three points.
Spread: Cardinals -3
Game Time: 4:05 p.m. E.T.
Saints vs. Cardinals preview:
Both the Saints and the Cardinals will look back on 2016 and wonder what could have been. New Orleans, despite an 0-3 start, was able to right the ship and get back to .500 after a win over San Francisco. But the team has gone 1-4 since, losing games to Denver, Carolina, Detroit and Tampa Bay. New Orleans, as a result, will likely miss out on the playoffs.
...as will Arizona. The Cardinals have experienced a similar skid late in the season, losing three of their last four games down the stretch. The main reason for the team's issues? A 1-5 road record. Arizona, which reached the NFC title game last year, won't even come close to repeating that feat.
Saints vs. Cardinals prediction:
This one is a true toss-up, but we'll take the Cardinals. Arizona has a better defense and at home, that should be enough.