The New Orleans Saints (2-4, 1-1 Away) are on the road to take on the Arizona Cardinals (2-4, 0-3 Home) at State Farm Stadium on Thursday. The Cardinals are 1.5-point favorites, and the total is 44.5. New Orleans is coming off a 30-26 loss at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals at Caesars Superdome on Sunday. Andy Dalton was 17 of 32 for 162 yards and a touchdown. Alvin Kamara ran 19 times for 99 yards. Tre’Quan Smith caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. Arizona lost 19-9 to the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on Sunday. Kyler Murray threw for 222 yards and an interception. He added 100 yards on the ground. Zach Ertz was targeted 10 times, hauling in seven receptions for 70 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since October 2019, a 31-9 win for the Saints.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Saints are averaging 23.5 points per game for the season, 11th in the NFL, and they are facing a Cardinals defense that has surrendered 23.7 PPG (22nd). Meanwhile, Arizona has scored 19.0 points a game this season, 22nd in the league, and New Orleans is allowing 26.3 PPG (29th). The Saints rank 16th in the league in passing yards per game (246.8) and seventh in rushing (151.5), while the Cardinals are 20th in passing yards allowed per game (249.0) and seventh against the run (103.8).Arizona is 18th in the league in passing yards per game (245.8) and 15th in rushing (119.3), while the Saints are allowing 238.2 passing yards (16th) and 120.8 rushing yards per game (20th).
Through three games, Jameis Winston has thrown for four touchdowns (5 INT) and 286.0 yards per game to lead New Orleans in passing. In two away games this season, he has three TDs (2 INT) and an average of 311.0 yards passing. Alvin Kamara leads the team in rushing with an average of 75.5 yards a game over four games. He’s also contributed to the passing game with 33.8 receiving yards a game. Chris Olave is the Saints’ leading receiver with 77.8 yards a game and two TDs. He is averaging 5.0 receptions on 8.4 targets per game.Kyler Murray has six passing touchdowns (4 INT) with 243.8 yards per game through six games to lead Arizona. In three home games this season, he has thrown for three TDs (1 INT) and an average of 252.3 yards. Kyler Murray also leads the team in rushing with an average of 38.8 yards per game. He has two touchdowns on the ground. Marquise Brown has been a key target in the Cardinals’ aerial attack. He has three touchdowns and an 80.8 yard per game average through six appearances. Marquise Brown is averaging 10.7 targets per game (7.2 receptions).
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