Best Bets for Philadelphia Eagles versus Arizona Cardinals in Week 5

A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

Certain teams just have certain teams’ numbers. The Washington Commanders can’t beat the Dallas Cowboys, and it never seems to matter what the circumstances are. Throw out last year’s NFC Championship Game, and it would appear that most meetings between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are going to go the NIners’ way. Then, there are former divisional rivals like the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals. Whenever Philly hits the road to face the Cards, things tend to go wrong.

There was that loss in the NFC Championship Game back on January 18th of 2009. In 2020, Philly headed out west for a game that doubled as the second start of Jalen Hurts‘ career. A 33-26 final score was the result of that one.

The Cards have taken three of the last four meetings and seven of the last ten. This time, we’re feeling pretty confident. FanDuel favors the Philadelphia Eagles by 5.5 points. Here are three bets that can hopefully make you and your team a winner.

Philadelphia Eagles Anytime Touchdown Scorer: Jalen Hurts (-105)

That last time Jalen Hurts went to Glendale, he scored on a rushing touchdown and threw for three more. He’s scored 17 rushing TDs during his 23 regular-season starts. That includes four rushing TDs during Philly’s first four games this season.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. QB1 of the Philadelphia Eagles is the best dual-threat quarterback not named Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen. It may be wise to bet on him reaching the end zone as a rusher in Week 5. After all, the Cardinals tend to be porous in the running game.

Jalen Hurts Alternate Passing Yards Total: 225+ (-205)

Can anyone think of a reason why you wouldn’t bet on Jalen Hurts throwing for more than 225 yards in a game where the Philadelphia Eagles are probably going to have to score a lot of points to win? We can’t. The Cardinals aren’t dominant by any means, but Kyler Murray is a weapon. Though they can go on offensive droughts, Arizona’s offense can put up points in a hurry.

Jalen has A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, and Dallas Goedert at his disposal. This could be an aerial show in Week 5.

A.J. Brown’s alternate receiving yards: +40 (-700)

It felt like A.J. Brown had a relatively quiet game in Week 4 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. Then, you pull up the stat line and you realize he racked up  95 yards on five snags. It was just another day at the office for Number 11.

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Brown has been good as advertised, and while he’s opened the offense to provide opportunities for everyone else, it’s highly improbable that he won’t get his touches as well. 40 receiving yards isn’t just a reasonable ask. It feels as though any statement suggesting the Cardinals’ secondary can limit him to 40 yards or fewer borders on being disrespectful.

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